Burton NZ 09 Slopestyle mens qualifications
Wed 12 August 09
Heavy snowfall and limited visibility delayed the start of the second day of the seventh annual Burton New Zealand Open, but the riders and course crew overcame the challenging conditions with a full day of competition
Heavy snowfall and limited visibility delayed the start of the second day of the seventh annual Burton New Zealand Open, but the riders and course crew overcame the challenging conditions with a full day of competition. It was no small task as over 70 men and 35 women from 16 countries were slated to take to Cardrona Alpine Resort’s newly sculpted slopestyle course, each vying for a highly coveted spot in Friday’s semifinal competition.
The men were first to drop into the 800m-long course featuring up and downrails, boxes, three kickers and a unique upstair feature to quarterpipe. Top scoring qualifier, Atsushi Ishikawa (JPN) kicked off his first place finishing run with a frontside boardslide sameways 270 out on the downrail, followed by a 50/50 180 out on the box, busting a big Cab 720 indy off the first kicker, followed by a switch backside 900 mute, into a backside 720 melon, followed by a 50/50 on the uprail, finishing with a backside 50/50 on the quarter pipe coping, to a 50/50 on the flatdown.
Following the men’s competition, a thick fog rolled in making things more difficult for the women as they were lined up and ready to go for their turn in the course. 35 women were to take two runs through the course, the best score counting, however Mother Nature had other plans and the women were only able to take their first run. Friday morning will see the continuation of today’s women’s slopestyle qualifications, followed by men’s and women’s semifinal and final competitions.
Those men and women advancing on to semifinals and finals will compete against riders like Torstein Horgmo (NOR), Chas Guldemond (USA), Antti Autti (FIN), Takaharu Nakai (JPN), Mitchell Brown (NZL), Danny Davis (USA), Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), Tim Humphreys (USA) and Sebastien Toutant (CAN), Chanelle Sladics (USA), Cheryl Maas (NED), Jamie Anderson (USA), Lisa Wiik (NOR), Sarka Pancochova (CZE), Shelly Gotlieb (NZL), Silvia Mittermuller (GER), Sina Candrian (SUI) and Spencer O’Brien (CAN).
The NZ Open action continues tomorrow with men’s and women’s halfpipe qualifications. Cardrona Alpine Resort is the home to the only 22’ halfpipe in New Zealand, which is the same size pipe that will be featured at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
If you can’t make it to New Zealand, watch the semi-finals and finals live on Go211.com, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event is over.
Results Slopestyle Qualifications Men
1 Atsushi Ishikawa JPN
2 Sergey Tarasov RUS
3 Christian Haller SUI
4 Tore Holvik NOR
5 Arthur Longo FRA
6 Sage Kotsenburg USA
7 Eric Beauchemin USA
8 Gjermund Braaten NOR
9 Johann Baisamy FRA
10 Jye Kearney AUS
Wed 12 August 09
The British Ski & Snowboard Federation is seeking a new boss to provide leadership for the organisation and to act as the co-ordinator and liaison between the Board, the staff and the athletes. Quite an opportunity and you will earn a good £40k pa
Thu 13 August 09, Cardrona, New Zealand
Cardrona's 22ft halfpipe was the hub of today's action, as over 100 riders had to perform to secure their spot in the halfpipe semifinals.
Fri 14 August 09, Crested Butte, USA
There's nothing really happening regarding on mountain improvements but in this barron year of changes, at least theres some improvement to the bars and a few other bits
Fri 14 August 09, Cardrona, New Zealand
Jamie Anderson and Sebastien Toutant Win the New Zealand Open Slopestyle Titles under blue skies in Cardrona
Sat 15 August 09, Cardrona, New Zealand
New Zealand's largest snowboarding event, the Burton New Zealand Open Snowboarding Championships, came to a close today after four intense days of competition
11-15 August 09
After three years at Snow Park NZ, the Burton NZ Open will step back across the valley to where it all began