Climax to the Burton AM Tour 2009
Mon 30 March 09
Last stop on the Burton AM Tour was up on the Val Senales Glacier in Italy, despite the weathers best efforts, the event till took place. Some excellent results for the Brits with 11yr old Katie Ormerod winning the overall Youth girls series
Still a big smile on our faces and the hearts filled with pleasure from the contest in Avoriaz, the Burton AM Tour crew made its way from France over to “Bella Italia”. But it was not the “dolce far niente” that brought the Tour to Val Senales, South Tyrol, but the last final stop of this year’s Burton AM Tour. Twelve contests in twelve different countries... Eleven done and one to go… Check it out!
It was last Saturday, 28 March, when Val Senales in South Tyrol hosted another Swatch TTR2 Star Event of the Burton AM Tour 2008/09. For the final show, 49 riders from eight different countries showed up. The main mission of this last stop was to ride hard, have some good fun and finally determine the Overall Winners of this year’s tour. Once more this season, the weather wanted to foil this master plan. Hard snowfalls, strong winds and zero visibility caused radical changes. The fantastic park on the glacier had to be closed and a brand new one was built next to the Valley Station… and all this in ONE day! Without the local shapers, better known as the Gentlemen Riders, this plan could have been called insane! Then two snowcats, the fabulous Gentlemen Riders and the AM Tour Crew did the job and turned dreams into reality… A sweet park with a sick setup awaited the riders on Saturday morning. As expected, the weather was bad, but the riders did their jobs, shredded hard and had great fun.
After the warm up, more sweet freestyle action followed during the two qualifications. The wind became stronger but still couldn’t keep the finalists from rocking the park. In the end Maximilian Gschaider from Germany did the best job. His sweet Frontside 720 Indy followed by a Backside 540 on the Kickers and the 540 on the Wallride was some brilliant work. In the Youth Boys category Tim-Kevin Ravnjak from Slovenia cleaned up with a Frontside 540 and a Backside 540 on the Kickers followed by a Rock 540 on the Wallride. The girls’ effort was super nice, too. Within the Junior Girls category Tiziana Casutt from Switzerland won with two stylish Backside 360s on the Kickerline and a Rock to Fakie on the Wallride. Katie Ormerod from United Kingdom came up with two convincing Backside Airs on both Kickers and a Rock to Fakie on the Wallride.
After a sick comp in the Italian Alps, it was time to party. In an awesome atmosphere the participants were celebrated as well as the winners. Everybody did a great job that day. When the Overall Tour Winners went on stage the cheering was on its peak. The applause and the full BEO Package, provided by the main partner Volvo, was their reward for an awesome AM Tour season. These are the winners: A big hooray for the two Dutch riders Bob Van Unnik, overall winner of the Junior Boys category and Rachida Aoulad-El-Haj-Amar, winner of the Junior Girls category. Congratulations also to the 13-year-old Slovenian sensation Tim-Kevin Ravnjak for winning the Youth Boys title for the second year in a row; and to British rider Katie Ormerod, overall winner of the Youth Girls category.
Tue 31 March 09, Laax, Switzerland
Day 1 of the Brits, and would overwhelming favourites Zoe Gillings and James Foster take the top prize in the boarder cross?
Tue 31 March 09, Mammoth Mountain, USA
Jana Mayen-Wetherby takes the slopestyle contest with Brit star Jenny Jones coming 2nd. Kelly Clark won the halfpipe and takes the overall TTR series title.
Wed 01 April 09, Laax, Switzerland
2nd day of the BRITS 09 for the Quiksilver Big Air Championships yesterday and the standard of riding was immense. Nate Kern set a new BRITS record with a backside 1260 and Laura Berry stepped it up with a huge 360 to take the 2009 British Quiksilver Big Air Championship titles. Check out the highlights here!
Thu 02 April 09, Cardrona, New Zealand
The hosting torch has been passed from Snow Park back to Cardrona for this years event which is being held 11th-15th August
Thu 02 April 09, Laax, Switzerland
Ben Kilner carried his excellent season form into yesterdays halfpipe with Dom Harington and Dan Wakeham filling the other 2 podium spots. In the ladies it was Lesley McKenna who proved she is still the women to beat. Check out the highlights here.