The 2011/2012 TTR World Tour came to a close today at the 6Star Burton US Open with men’s and women’s halfpipe finals. After a gripping season full of countless highlights, Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) and Kelly Clark (USA) have clinched the TTR Halfpipe World Tour Champion titles and Stale Sandbech (NOR) and Cilka Sadar (SLO) have been awarded with the TTR Overall World Tour titles.
Kelly Clark took a podium spot once again to receive the TTR World Tour Champion trophy for her clear domination in the halfpipe over the course of the season. Although Kelly didn't manage to come in first in her home state today after being undefeated in 16 consecutive contests, she undeniably sets the standard for women’s halfpipe snowboarding. It was Elena Hight (USA), finishing the season in World No. 4 in the TTR Halfpipe Rankings, who broke Kelly’s string of wins with less than a one point difference today. Kelly had this to say about her second TTR title win, “I'm super happy to have won this, it has been a competition at every event and the other girls have really pushed me to level where I am right now.”
Iouri Podladtchikov also had an amazing season standing atop podiums at every TTR competition he entered. Reaching back to the Burton New Zealand Open in August where Iouri took third place, he continued his season of success with a first place finish at the World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway and won again at the Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland. He capped off his season nicely with the coveted win here at the US Open and owns the title of 2012 TTR Halfpipe World Tour Champion.
The TTR Overall World Tour Champion titles were a tough reach for many riders who focus on one discipline, but Stale Sandbech and Cilka Sadar are consistent in both pipe and slopestyle which is a growing rarity in snowboarding these days. Cilka registered 14 TTR results throughout the season with almost a perfect balance of entries in halfpipe an slopestyle disciplines making her one of the most versatile women snowboarders in the world today; a deserving recipient of the TTR Overall World Tour Champion title.
Stale Sanbech (NOR) also registered 14 TTR results throughout the season across slopestyle, halfpipe and big air disciplines. Although he wasn’t able to get a top spot in halfpipe, Stale took podium spots in slopestyle at the Burton New Zealand Open and in big air at the Air & Style Beijing. When asked how he feels about winning the TTR Overall title, Stale said, “I wasn't really going for it at the start of the season, but then I was leading and thought 'wow', maybe i can actually do this! Now at the end, it was exciting ’cause I didn't qualify for today – But it is really cool to be part of that legendary list of riders who won it before.”
After an action packed season, the 2011/2012 TTR World Snowboard Tour season is now in the history books. Check out www.ttrworldtour.com for videos and highlights from the past year and keep up to date on the 2012/2013 season which officially begins with the Quiksilver Spring Battle taking place March 28th to 30th, 2012.