11th BEO underway with the Junior Slopestyle
Sun 10 January 10
54 little rippers up to 14 years old from fourteen nations were competing today in Laax as the 11th Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships got underway
The 11th Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships started it’s week-long “Circus” show today with the junior slopestyle competition here in LAAX, Switzerland. 54 little rippers up to 14 years old from fourteen nations were competing today up on Crap Sogn Gion. 13-year-old Swiss rider David Hablützel won the boys’s slopestyle competition and 12-year-old Ty Walker from the US stood on top of the girls slopestyle podium.
A perfectly shaped slopestyle course welcomed the groms today who mastered the adult course with bravery. In the finals the riders had three runs to determine the winner, the best one counted. The girls’ finals were dominated by Ty Walker from the USA, who repeated her win from last year and claimed her 2nd junior slopestyle BEO victory today. Ty started off with a frontside boardslide on the box, followed by a nosegrab off the up rail, a frontside stall on the jib tube, a 50-50 on the box and a backside 540 indy on the quarterpipe feature finishing up with a frontside 360, a backside 360 and a method air on the kicker line. Ty had the following to say: “I was a little bit nervous today, but it worked out perfectly for me. I really liked the course, as it is so progressive.” On the boys front it was Swiss rider David Hablützel, who earned first place. David, who is a member of the Freestyle Academy here in LAAX, showed an impressive run including a nosepress nosegrab on the box, a method air off the up rail, a rock-n-roll to fakie on the jib tube, a 50-50 nosepress on the downbox, followed by a backside 540 truckdriver on the quarter and a backside 540, a switch backside 540 and a frontside 720 truckdriver on the kickers. David was a happy kid today: “I am so stoked. My goal was to win once in my snowboarding career. That happened already today!”
The riding level from the youngest competitors of this week was impressively high today and proved that the future of snowboarding is in good hands. Highlight of today was 9-year-old Chloe Kim from the US. She was not only the youngest competitor of the day, she was also the only one of all 54 riders who showed an inverted trick, a frontflip on the quarter!
The BEO continues tomorrow with the junior halfpipe event and the slopestyle pre-qualifications men.
Junior Slopestyle Boys’ Results
1. David Hablützel (SUI) 85.00
2. Tim-Kevin Ravnjak (SLO) 79.83
3. Jan Kralj (SLO) 79.33
Junior Slopestyle Girls’ Results
1. Ty Walker (USA) Roxy 66.00
2. Ramona Petrig (SUI) Esperanto 52.17
3. Chloe Kim (USA) 42.83
Sun 10 January 10, Saalbach - Hinterglem, Austria
Today saw the second 6Star event for the women of the 09/10 Swatch TTR Tour season, the Roxy Chicken Jam. The level was incredibly high at the Nightpark in Saalbach-Hinterglemm and the judges had a tight decision to make when it came down to the super finals
Sun 10 January 10, Bad Gastein , Austria
Zoe Gillings, Britains No.1 snowboardercross today produced her seasons best result so far finishing in 6th place at the latest round of the World Cup Snowboard cross series in Bad Gastein, Austria
Tue 12 January 10, Nanshan, China
Cloudy yet wind-free conditions in the Quiksilver Nanshan Mellow Park created a moody backdrop as yesterday's 12 qualified riders stepped up to do battle on day two of the 4Star 8th Red Bull Nanshan Open, Asia's largest stop on the TTR Tour this season
Tue 12 January 10, Laax, Switzerland
The top 18 men and the top 13 ladies advance into the semi-finals where they will meet invited top-riders. Britains Jamie Nicholls qualified in 14th place and Aimee Fuller came 4th in the womens.
Wed 13 January 10, Laax, Switzerland
At the Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland Brit Jamie Nicholls made the slopestyle final 16, after his top 10 finish in the semis.
9-16 January 10
The biggest event in the European calendar is in Laax once more