Juuso Laivisto wins the 2010 Nanshan Open
Tue 12 January 10
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
Showing some of the best flow throughout the weekend, Sergey Lapushkin was proud to improve on his 10th place at last year’s event. Sergey’s highest scoring run consisted of a perfect BS900 mute, switch BS540 stalefish, backflip nose-grab off the up-cannon and was good enough for second place. Third place would go to David Bertschinger Karg, unfortunately not able to stomp the clean runs that had him placed first going into the finals.
None of these, however, could stop a certain dedicated Finn! Wowing both judges and crowd with a clean and technical run, Juuso Laivisto rose victorious with a switch BS900 mute followed by a FS720 melon, finished off with a BS to FS boardslide on the up-down, and a 50-50 to FS180 out of the downpipe. “I’m really happy! It’s my first time in China and the resort reminds me of my home mountain, so it was kinda special to win here! This trip is so well organized and we’re all having such a good time… now where’s the beer!?”
As 4Star event the 8th Red Bull Nanshan Open give out 500 TTR ranking points to the winner, Juuso Laivisto, who jumped over 150 ranks on the TTR World Rankings up to World No.104. Tobias Karlsson now sits in World No. 51 and has already collected some good results in Europe earlier this season, with a third place at the 3Star Stomp It Again and 4th place at the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam in Austria.
And with the competition side of the trip over, the riders now get to enjoy a trek at the Great Wall, icebiking on Houhai lake, fake-handbag shopping for their girlfriends and perhaps, just maybe, one or two after parties.
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.
Wed 13 January 10, Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada
* Chamonix Snow Tally Reaches 4m. * Rain at 2010 Olympic Venue closes slopes. * 2km long snow slope opens in The Netherlands, ride up provided by free six-seat chairlift.. * Good conditions in the Alps . * Good conditions in North America.
Thu 14 January 10, Laax, Switzerland
At the Burton European Open in Laax, it was mens halfpipe qualification & semi final day. 20-years-old Finnish rider Ilkka-Eemeli Laari came 1st. Brit Ben Kilner narrowly missed out of the finals, finishing in 18th place.
Fri 15 January 10, Laax, Switzerland
Finnish riders Peetu Piiroinen (21 years old) and Enni Rukajärvi (19 years old) were the big winners of an exciting slopestyle finals up on Crap Sogn Gion today. Watch the highlights here.
9-10 January 10
The largest Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event on Asian soil this season, the 4Star 8th Red Bull Nanshan Open is taking place on the 9-10th January, 2010