Results from the Red Bull Nanshan Open 09
Tue 13 January 09
The 7th Annual Red Bull Nanshan Open concluded over the weekend, pushing Swatch TTR snowboarding and crowd levels to new heights in China. The team at Mellow Parks once again delivered a superior Slopestyle course which gave the snowboarders a chance to showcase their style and flair to the energized Chinese crowd
The 7th Annual Red Bull Nanshan Open concluded over the weekend, pushing Swatch TTR snowboarding and crowd levels to new heights in China. The team at Mellow Parks once again delivered a superior Slopestyle course which gave the snowboarders a chance to showcase their style and flair to the energized Chinese crowd. Freddy Austbo (NOR), was the one claiming first place, taking home 500 Swatch TTR points, and moving into World No. 91. Japanese acrobatic master Atsushi Ishikawa grabbed second place with another Scandinavian, Kalle Ohlson (SWE) taking third.
Windy conditions were present and threatened to postpone the contest, however Freddy Austbo was not fazed and threw down a winning run consisting of a BS 540 off the first hit, a Cab 540 off the second, a BS 180 up on to the wave box and a Cab540 off, finishing with a Rock and Roll to Fakie on the Wallride. His efforts saw him jump over 140 places into World No.91 on the Swatch TTR Ranking, right back into the TTR Top 100.
Atsushi Ishikawa (JAP), who claimed third at the Red Bull Nanshan Open the previous season, came back in 2009, looking to improve last year’s result. He, too, is now in the Swatch TTR Top 100 at World No 71. Kalle Ohlson’s third place at his fourth appearance in China shot him up over 500 positions in the Swatch TTR World Ranking (SWE) .
Two more riders who progressed into the tight 5 man finals were Tyler Chorlton (GBR) and Markus Keller (SUI) where Chorlton was styling out some of the first double flips seen on Chinese soil. His daredevil performance has put him into World No. 115, his highest ever ranking. Swiss Pirate Markus Keller was as well an event standout, seizing 4th position which jumps him 35 places in Swatch TTR ranking. He now sits in World No.72.
Austrian riders progressed in the Swatch TTR World ranking after the competition.
Werner Stock (AUT) has jumped 172 places whilst Peter Koenig (AUT) moved up 71 positions into World No.103, just outside the Swatch TTR Top 100. The Chinese riders were also demonstrating their progression and looking to move up in the Swatch TTR ranking. Wanglei placed highest of his countrymen throwing down some super sick BS and FS 720 combos which vaulted him up 472 positions in the Swatch TTR World ranking.
The Swatch TTR World Tour continues to hurtle along with rapid speed as January continues. Already there has been many ranking changes and incredible action taking place at events all over the world/ the world over. Coming up January 17th – 21st is the 3Star Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy. This contest gives Swatch TTR groms and rookies a chance to prove their worth and pushes the concept of the “rookie to pro system”. Talent scouts will be in attendance so you can be sure to see the next generation of riders going for it as they look to impress.
For all the updated ranking, news and videos from the 4Star Red Bull Nanshan Open and all the other international Swatch TTR contests log onto www.ttrworldtour.com.
Results 7th Red Bull Nanshan Open Results
1 - Freddy Austbo (Norway), Quiksilver/Nixon/Elm
2 - Atsushi Ishikawa (Japan), Quiksilver/Deeluxe/Flow
3 - Kalle Ohlson (Sweden), Vans/Bataleon/Adidas
4 - Markus Keller (Switzerland), Red Bull/Nitro/Volcom
5 - Tyler Chorlton (Great Britain), Bataleon/Oakley/Vans
6 - Jakob Wilhelmson (Sweden), Quiksilver/Libtech/Level
7 - Yongho Lee (Korea), Salomon/Sugapoint/Electric
8 - Teo Konttinen (Finland), Quiksilver
9 - Werner Stock (Austria), Red Bull/Salomon/Bonfire
10 - Sergey Lapushkin (Russia), Red Bull/DC/686
11 - Matevz Petek (Slovenia), Nitro/L1/Dragon
12 - Filippo Kratter (Italy), Red Bull/Nitro/Volcom
Fri 16 January 09, Laax, Switzerland
In one of the most cut-throat slopestyle competitions of the season, both the men's and women's podiums were not decided until the final runs
Fri 16 January 09, Laax, Switzerland
The last rider in the last round, Kevin Pearce pulls a blinder and pushes Shaun White into 2nd Place. In the ladies halfpipe Kelly Clark wins with ease.
Sat 17 January 09
Team GB have a strong team out in Gangwon, South Korea for the World Snowboard Championships this week. Zoe Gillings will be in the boardercross and Dom Harington, Ben Kilner, Sam Cullum and Kate Foster will be competing in the Half-Pipe
Sun 18 January 09
Some finish line drama means Zoe finishes a disapointing 11th in Gangwon, Korea
Fri 23 January 09, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Day 1 of the long awaited first stage of the Freeride World Tour 2009, the Nissan Russian Adventure, took place today in the Krasnaya Polyana resort near Sochi in Russia, the site for the 2014 Olympic Games
7-14 January 09
The Mellow Park crew is famous for delivering perfect Slopestyle courses, which will ensure some awesome performances from the top snowboarders in attendance at this event. With 500 ranking points and $25 000 USD available, this competition is sure to be one that puts China on the map