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

Rookies take on the big guns at O'Neill Evolution

Rookies take on the big guns at O'Neill Evolution © Photo: O'Neil

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.

Janne Korpi, winner of 09 O'Neil Evoloution Slopestyle
Janne Korpi, winner of 09 O'Neil Evoloution Slopestyle
Photo: O'Neil



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.

Chas Guldemond, at 09 O'Neil Evoloution Slopestyle
Chas Guldemond, at 09 O'Neil Evoloution Slopestyle
Photo: O'Neil

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
 

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5-10 January 09

No longer just a 6*TTR quarterpipe contest, but now also a 5* slopestyle comp, still in Davos though

TTR Tour Standings

Mens Big-Air Leaderboard
1. Parrot, Maxence (766.67)
2. Hansen, Kim Rune (705.01)
3. Tonteri, Roope (655.50)
4. Kotsenburg, Sage (640.91)
5. Truchon, Antoine (602.84)
Mens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Gold, Taylor (882.80)
2. Bretz, Greg (858.51)
3. Hiraoka, Taku (847.16)
4. Hirano, Ayumu (833.53)
5. Vito, Louie (713.54)
Mens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. McMorris, Mark (968.03)
2. Sandbech, Stale (916.33)
3. Parrot, Maxence (905.33)
4. Thorgren, Sven (802.90)
5. Kotsenburg, Sage (785.45)
Womens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Clark, Kelly (1000.00)
2. Kim, Chloe (867.90)
3. Bleiler, Gretchen (851.23)
4. Farrington, Kaitlyn (796.03)
5. Gold, Arielle (773.27)
Womens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. Anderson, Jamie (966.67)
2. Rukajärvi, Enni (883.43)
3. Norendal, Silje (826.98)
4. Derungs, Isabel (816.28)
5. Pancochova, Sarka (805.10)

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