O'Neil Evolution only weeks away

Tue 19 December 06

Anti Autti, Nicolas Müller, Terje Haakonsen are all confirmed in this top 6*TTR event in Davos over new year

O'Neil Evolution only weeks away

O'Neil Evolution only weeks away ©

With only a matter of weeks to go before the start of the inaugural edition of the ONEILL EVOLUTION, ONeill and the Swiss resort of Davos are gearing up to host what will be one of only six 6-star freestyle snowboarding events on the 2006/07 Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour.

o'Neil evolution Davos crowdWith the New Year celebrations still ringing in everyones ears, the ONeill Evolution promises to prolong the festive spirit when competition gets underway on 3rd January 2007. A world-class event infrastructure, massive prize purse of US$100,000 and highly coveted TTR ratings points have all combined to attract many of the planets best freestyle snowboarders to the picturesque Swiss resort.

Riders confirming their attendance ahead of the cut-off date already include none other than 7 of last years top 10 ranked TTR riders including 2005/06 Champion Mathieu Crepel and Finnish foursome Risto Mattila, Anti Autti, Janne Korpi and Olympic bronze medalist Markku Koski. In addition, transition-master Nicolas Müller and former Olympic Champion and ONeill team rider Gian Simmen are also confirmed. Last years crème de la crème from the TTR World Snowboard Tour will also be joined by the 2 current ratings leaders after the X-Trail Jam in Tokyo, Japan. Other riders fighting it out in qualification will be local lads Christian Haller and Markus Keller as well as super-scanners Fredrik Evensen and Thomas Harstad. Meanwhile, confirmed wildcard entrants include snowboarding legend Terje Haakonsen and Norwegian headbanger Eirik Haugo. On the womens side of things, confirmed riders include current TTR Champion Cheryl Maas, US rider Jamie Anderson and Frances emerging talent Caroline Beliard. The first womens wildcard has been allocated to Norways Olympic bronze medalist Kjersti Buaas.

The competition will set the stage for these formidable riders to strap in and compete in two official TTR contests. Jam session formats allowing maximum room for expression, creativity and freedom will create an awesome arena for the worlds best to showcase their riding ability and claim their part of the spoils.

Shaped by Claes Hogstrom, the gigantic Quarterpipe will be built on a 20mx10mx8m scaffolding monster with lateral landing zones for enhanced safety, and will be incorporated into the new TTR Quarterpipe Project led by Terje Haakonsen himself. With qualification spots to The Arctic Challenge event up for grabs, you can count on the riders to throw down their heaviest tricks. Lying at the foot of the Jakobshorn, the world-famous Davos Superpipe  including special features  will see competitors boosting out of the U-tube with high altitude technical tricks. Meanwhile, a slopestyle layout, sitting outside of the TTR structure, will feature two of the biggest hits of the winter and play host to intoxicating expression sessions.

For all those unable to make it to Davos, live TV and internet broadcasts over 5th and 6th January will allow a global audience to dial in and witness the Swatch Highest Air Sessions and all semi-finals and finals  and quite possible the dawn of a new era in competitive freestyle snowboarding.

With thousand of spectators expected to attend the event and supported by Davos, Bergbahnen Davos Klosters and Swatch, the ONeill Evolution is ready for blast off!


05th January

14:30 - 15:30 Swatch Highest Air Session Superpipe
16:30 - 22:15 Semifinals & Finals Superpipe(Men & Women)

06th January

14:30 - 15:30 Swatch Highest Air Session Quarterpipe
16:30 - 22:15 Semifinals & Finals Quarterpipe (Men & Women)

Link: www.oneilleurope.com/evolution/webcast

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Davos, Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “The best overall resort in Switzerland offering something for everyone. Huge pisted area and excellent freeriding spread across 5 mountains, and not to mention the terrain park and 2 halpipes. Direct train services and good local services complete the package, but go mid-week to avoid the masses.”

TTR Tour Standings

Mens Big-Air Leaderboard
1. Corning, Chris (763.53)
2. Thorgren, Sven (677.76)
3. Gerard, Redmond (605.05)
4. Parrot, Max (596.99)
5. Mack, Kyle (588.06)
Mens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Hirano, Ayumu (935.30)
2. White, Shaun (912.63)
3. James, Scotty (847.95)
4. Ferguson, Benjamin (825.97)
5. Totsuka, Yuto (792.05)
Mens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. Kleveland, Marcus (908.97)
2. McMorris, Mark (876.53)
3. Thorgren, Sven (848.77)
4. Corning, Chris (807.18)
5. Gerard, Redmond (805.27)
Womens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Kim, Chloe (1000.00)
2. Clark, Kelly (878.70)
3. Mastro, Maddie (875.23)
4. Liu, Jiayu (834.00)
5. Gold, Arielle (794.39)
Womens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. Anderson, Jamie (933.33)
2. O`Brien, Spencer (839.51)
3. Norendal, Silje (678.85)
4. Rukajarvi, Enni (676.14)
5. Marino, Julia (635.32)