Rookies take on the big guns at O'Neill Evolution
Sat 10 January 09
The Swatch TTR Top 10 saw a wide range of changes as uprising rookies and established riders fought for their chance to rise to the top and claim valuable TTR rankings points
An incredible night of action has taken place on the 5Star Slopestyle course at the O’Neill Evolution. The Swatch TTR Top 10 saw a wide range of changes as uprising rookies and established riders fought for their chance to rise to the top and claim valuable 850 TTR rankings points as well as a big piece of the $100,000 USD. It was Janne Korpi (FIN) who won the Slopestyle title and now sits right behind Chas Guldemond (USA) in World No. 2 on the Swatch TTR World Ranking List. Guldemond was able to defend his Tour lead with a fourth place finish.
After two grueling rounds of competition that started in a Round of 32, only 8 Riders stood tall in the Quarterfinals, all ready to advance to the Semis. However, Janne Korpi walked away with the win, his calculated style and extensive trick selection of styled out BS Rodeo 7s, FS 10s and Cab 9s and more powering him into first place. “It’s sweet to be TTR No.2, but I’m not really thinking too much about it yet, it’s the final result at the end of season that means the most. You know you had a good season when you are in the Top 5”, he stated.
Upcoming Belgian rookie, Seppe Smits took out second place and was touted as the giant killer of the night when he came up against Swatch TTR World No.1 Chas Guldemond (USA) in a true David Vs Goliath showdown. Seppe’s controlled Cab 9s and stylish BS 7’s were enough to get him over the line and move him into Swatch TTR No.16. Chas finished the night in fourth position, still managing to hold onto his World No. 1 spot and already focusing on tomorrow’s 6Star contest, “I’m just trying to hold my spot, cause I know there’s a bunch of guys biting at my heals. Just trying to keep up the consistency and try my best. ” However, it was definitely a night for the rookies to announce themselves on the Swatch TTR Tour as Kevin Backstrom (SWE), another up and coming rider, claimed third position, nailing a series of BS 7’s, a Cab 10 and a FS 10 Shifty.
Tomorrow night the riders will reconvene and attempt to tackle the 10.2meter Quarterpipe that is lurking ominously next to the Slopestyle course. Tonight’s action in the Slopestyleformat has set up more possible rankings changes for tomorrow when we are expect to see the Swatch TTR Top 10 to be shaken up yet again. Both Seb Toots (CAN) and Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) can potentially jump into the TTR Top 5, whilst Risto Mattila (FIN) and Tim Humphreys could find themselves in the TTR Top 10.
With the 5Star component of the contest now wrapped up, all attention turns to the 6Star Quarterpipe finals tomorrow, where once again we will see a host of new Swatch TTR rankings changes. If the spectacular show that was tonight is anything to go by, then tomorrow’s Quarterpipe action is going to one hell of a show.
The nail biting action from tomorrow’s 6Star Quarterpipe format will be broadcasted on www.ttrworldtour.com, www.oneilltv.com, and www.freecaster.tv from 15.45 – 22.30 h CET. For the latest video updates, news and ranking changes from the events going down around the world make sure you check out www.ttrworldtour.com
1 Korpi Janne FIN Nummela 1986 Kissmark
2 Smits Seppe BEL Westmalle 1991 Burton
3 Backstrom Kevin SWE Geilo 1992 Burton
4 Guldemond Chas USA Truckee 1987 DC
5 Piiroinen Peetu FIN Hyvinkää 1988 Burton
6 Elhardt Elias GER Oberstaufen 1988 Rossignol
7 Hansen Kim Rune NOR Hamar 1988 Burton
8 Toutant Sebastien CAN L´assomption 1992 O'Neill
9 Braaten Gjermund NOR Torpo 1990 DC Shoe Co USA
10 Gimpl Stefan AUT Leogang 1979 Ftwo 16
Sun 11 January 09, Davos, Switzerland
Peetu Piiroinen, the 20 year old Finn from Helsinki, beat his countryman Risto Mattila in a closely contested final, with the two riders matching each other trick for trick, and Peetu just taking the win with a huge bs540 on the final run
Sun 11 January 09, Bad Gastein , Austria
Zoe Gillings, Britain's best hope for gold on the snow at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, recorded her first World Cup podium finish of the season in this afternoon's snowboard cross event
Sat 10 January 09, Laax, Switzerland
Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships continued today under sunny skies in Laax, Switzerland with the junior halfpipe competition, where riders 14-years-old or younger competed in the perfectly shaped BEO halfpipe on Crap Sogn Gion
Sun 11 January 09, Laax, Switzerland
Perfectly sunny skies shone down again on the third day of the Burton European Open where men's and women's slopestyle qualifiers went down. Forty men, who came through from pre-qualification and 53 women had two runs to prove to the judges that they were worthy of competing against some of the world's best slopestyle riders in the semi-finals
Mon 12 January 09, Mount Snow-Haystack, USA
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White won the men’s superpipe finals and hometown hero and fellow gold medalist Kelly Clark won the women’s event Sunday in the second stop of the inaugural Winter Dew Tour at Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont
5-10 January 09
No longer just a 6*TTR quarterpipe contest, but now also a 5* slopestyle comp, still in Davos though