Kazu Kokubo & K.Clark win 2010 US Open halfpipe

Sun 21 March 10

Japanese style master Kazu Kokubo puts together an amazing run to take the 2010 crown and Kelly Clark took her 4th US Open halfpipe title with a typical smooth performance

Kazu Kokubo & K.Clark win 2010 US Open halfpipe

Kazu Kokubo & K.Clark win 2010 US Open halfpipe © Photo: Shem Roose

It was another superb day in Stratton, Vermont for the 6Star Burton US Open halfpipe finals. The pipe was in perfect shape, the rider list was full of talent and the riding level was high making for some intense competition. Kazuhiro “Kazu” Kokubo (JPN) was the men’s halfpipe victor of the day and Kelly Clark (USA) took the win in the women’s competition. After today’s pipe finals wrapped up, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) was officially crowned Swatch TTR World Champion and the men’s 2009/2010 TTR Top 5 is now set in stone.

Kelly Clark wins the 2010 womens US Open halfpipe
Kelly Clark wins the 2010 womens US Open halfpipe
Photo: Shem Roose

It was a heated battle in the halfpipe today with some amazing riding by both the men and the women. The women dropped into the pipe first and Kelly Clark was the definite standout with her signature smooth style and high amplitude. She was able to seal her fourth US Open halfpipe victory with a run that included a huge frontside air, backside 540 mute, frontside 720, Cab 720 mute and ended with a frontside corked 900. It was a close call for the second and third place finishers with Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) taking the second position and Ellery Hollingsworth (USA) in third.

Style master Kazuhiro Kokubo wins the 2010 mens US Open halfpipe
Style master Kazuhiro Kokubo wins the 2010 mens US Open halfpipe
Photo: Shem Roose

The men’s competition was jam packed full of action with Japanese style master, Kazu Kokubo, putting together an amazing winning run consisting of a frontside 900 melon, chicken wing McTwist, frontside 1080, Cab 1080 and a frontside double cork 1080. Louie Vito (USA) came in a very close second place throwing three consecutive double corks in his first run. And, Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) also put on quite the display with a run that included a Cab 1080 double cork and a 1260 double cork.

Peetu Piiroinen took the top spot on the Swatch TTR Tour for the 2009/2010 season and today he officially walked away with his second consecutive TTR World Champion trophy. “This is special. I am the first guy who won the TTR twice” said Piiroinen. “Next year maybe for the third time. It is just incredible.” Not only does he get to bask in the glory of this prestigious title, but he also was awarded with $50,000 USD for his amazing effort throughout the super busy season.

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Mens results

Rank Competitor Nation
1 Kazuhiro Kokubo JPN
2 Louie Vito USA
3 Iouri Podladtchikov SUI
4 Markus Malin FIN
5 Janne Korpi FIN
6 Scotty Lago USA
7 Tore Holvik NOR
8 Christian Haller SUI
9 Manuel Pietropoli ITA
10 Ross Baker USA
11 Brett Esser USA
12 Peetu Piiroinen FIN
13 Ben Watts USA
14 Luke Mitrani USA
15 Scotty Pike USA
16 Matt Ladley USA

Womens results

Rank Competitor Nation
1 Kelly Clark USA
2 Kaitlyn Farrington USA
3 Ellery Hollingsworth USA
4 Hannah Teter USA
5 Rana Okada JPN
6 Elena Hight USA
7 Kelly Marren USA
8 Madeline Schaffrick USA

 

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