Junior Snowboard Halfpipe World Champions Crowned
Wed 25 August 10
Cilka Sadar of Slovenia and Taku Hiraoka of Japan were today crowned Junior Snowboard Halfpipe World Champions in an exciting day of competition at Cardrona that also saw New Zealand earn its first medal of the Championships.
Cilka Sadar (18) of Slovenia and Taku Hiraoka (14) of Japan were today crowned Junior Snowboard Halfpipe World Champions in an exciting day of competition at Cardrona that also saw New Zealand earn its first medal of the Championships.
The day started with an all-star line up with the forerunners, which included Olympic gold medallist, Kelly Clark (USA) and New Zealand Olympian Juliane Bray.
The women’s semi finals saw New Zealander Rebecca Sinclair (18) score the highest qualifying run in the first run. However, by the second run, she dropped to third but still secured a place in the finals along with highest qualifier Haruna Matsuoto (17) and Palmer Taylor (17). In the finals it was Cilka Sadar who dominated with a solid backside 5, frontside 5, backside air, frontside 7, cab 3 finishing with an alleyoop scoring 37.8. Sinclair’s second run put her into the silver position with 31.7, landing a crippler 7 (inverted 720 spin), a result she was stoked with given her recent injury woes.
“I wasn’t even expecting to be able to compete with my injured ankle,” she said. “But it’s all strapped up – I’ve been struggling with landing the crippler all week and I’m stoked I pulled it off in my second run. It’s a real privilege to have the Junior World Championships here in New Zealand and great preparation for my next goal which is the World Championships in Spain in January 2011.”
Haruna Matsumoto (17) of Japan rounded out the podium with a score of 31.4.
The men’s semi finals saw Australia’s Nathan Johnstone (20) take the top finals qualifying spot with a spectacularly solid run with huge amplitude, despite the windy conditions. He was closely followed by Manuel Pietropoli (20) of Italy and New Zealand’s Ben Stewart (18).
In the finals Hiraoka once gain stole the day, scoring a massive 44.2 with a frontside air, backside 5, frontside 7, cab 10 and frontside 5, all with huge amplitude, over 12 feet above the pipe edge. “It’s amazing to be world champion,” he said. “It’s really important for my future in halfpipe – I’m so happy.”
Johnstone continued his consistently high level of riding with second place with a score of 42.2 while Manuel Pietropoli took bronze. New Zealander Ben Stewart finished in ninth place.
Head judge, Ola Sundequist, said the level of riding was extremely high. “We were quite worried about the wind earlier on in the morning and that we wouldn’t see the riders get much height out of the pipe. However, they ended up going very big and while some were affected by gusts, most landed fine resulting in some good scores. Taku’s run was incredible, everything was so smooth.”
The snowboard action moves to Snow Park tomorrow for the Parallel Giant Slalom with qualification starting at 9.00am and finals scheduled for 12.00pm. For full results and further information, please visit www.juniorworldsnz.co.nz.
Wed 25 August 10
Blue skies, over 50 competitors, the big Halifax kicker, plenty of 7's and 9's. The first stop of the 2010 Westbeach Snowflex Series got off to a great start
Sun 29 August 10, Saalbach - Hinterglem, Austria
The t-bar that services the terrain park in Hinterglemm village is being replaced by a Gondola, and the whole park area to be expanded and re-organised
Tue 31 August 10, Cardrona, New Zealand
Peetu Piiroinen and Enni Rukajarvi win the Big Air, the final event in the 2010 FIS Junior World Championships in New Zealand
Tue 31 August 10, Davos, Switzerland
Running from 26th November until 19th December, Davos/Klosters are offering a free lift pass with every overnight stay
Thu 02 September 10
The Relentless Freeze Festival being held in Battersea, London on October 29-31st will play host to Mark Ronson on Saturday night. Other confirmed artists include New Young Pony Club and Roni Size.
19-31 August 10
The event, scheduled for 19-31 August, marks the first time a FIS World Championship will be staged in New Zealand, and also marks the first time that snowboarding and freestyle skiing will share the same stage in a World Championship.