Evolution 2011 underway at Davos

Mon 03 January 11

So the 2011 O'Neill Evolution has kicked off in Davos, Switzerland under glorious blue sky. The Women opened proceedings with the halfpipe qualification, but Britains Aimee Fuller failed to qualify for Fridays final.

Evolution 2011 underway at Davos

Evolution 2011 underway at Davos © Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

ONeill Evolution 2011 logo

With only eight of the 29 riders going through to the semifinal stages, competition was fierce – much to the delight of the crowds gathered at the bottom of the pipe.

However it was 20 year old Norwegian Linn Haug who went through top with a score of 92.17 from her first run, which included an impressive McTwist.

Not far behind her were the three French girls, Clémence Grimal, Anne-Sophie Pellissier, whose second run saw her pull off a BS 540, FS 540, BS Air, Air to Fakie and Cab 540, and then Thovex Mirabelle.

The impressive showing builds much anticipation for the finals on January 7th where riders including last year’s winner Ursina Haller as well as American Olympic Halfpipe 2002 gold medalist Kelly Clark will be among those to watch.

Womens halfpipe qualification, rider: Linn Haugoe
Womens halfpipe qualification, rider: Linn Haugoe
Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

Tomorrow at this O’Neill 6Star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event, the women will take to the Slopestyle to qualify for the semi-finals on a course that Slopestyle designer and head shaper Max Henault says will suits all styles of riding:

Womens halfpipe qualification, rider: Elena Könz
Womens halfpipe qualification, rider: Elena Könz
Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

“In addition to the big jump, we added a 12 meter long jump on the right hand side,” said Max. “The way it’s been shaped makes it perfect to try different tricks. I think in the qualifications we will see a lot of people hit this jump, but by the semi finals most of the girls will be going off the big jump,” he said.


I’ve been watching the training and already Jamie Anderson is doing a 720 off the big jump and a lot of girls are spinning 360s of the big jump as they get used to it,” said Max. “We also saw Celia Miller trying for a BS Rodeo 7 off the smaller jump. So it’s going to be interesting,” he said.

Womens halfpipe qualification, rider: Helen Nadig
Womens halfpipe qualification, rider: Helen Nadig
Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

After 4 days of shaping Max says the course should offer a new level of riding to the O’Neill Evolution: “We went for a fun set-up that riders can enjoy riding and trying new tricks,” he said. “It’s safe so they can push their riding. At the bottom we went for as much variation as possible to bring a good show to everyone involved.”

The women’s 6Star Slopestyle qualifications are on tomorrow, January 4th, at 1.30pm

RESULTS: HALFPIPE QUALIFICATION WOMEN
1. Linn Haug. NOR 92.17
2. Clémence Grimal, FRA 88.33
3. Anne-Sophie Pellissier FRA 86.00
4. Mirabelle Thovex, FRA 80.83
5. Elena Könz, SUI 79.00
6. Akiko Miwa, JPN 75.17
7. Helen Nadig, SUI 71.67
8. Silje Norendal, NOR 70.50
27. Aimee Fuller, GB

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Thu 06 January 11, Davos, Switzerland

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Swiss clean sweep in mens halfpipe at Evolution 11

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Fri 07 January 11, Davos, Switzerland

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Toots and Anderson win 2011 Evolution slopestyle

Toots and Anderson win 2011 Evolution slopestyle

Sun 09 January 11, Davos, Switzerland

Seb Toots and Jamie Anderson have taken victory at the O'Neill Evolution 2011 slopestyle to close a great week in Davos.

Davos, Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “The best overall resort in Switzerland offering something for everyone. Huge pisted area and excellent freeriding spread across 5 mountains, and not to mention the terrain park and 2 halpipes. Direct train services and good local services complete the package, but go mid-week to avoid the masses.”

ONeill Evolution 2011

2-8 January 11

At the bottom of the Jakobshorn in its usual place, is where the 6*TTR Slopestyle and halfpipe competitions will be held

TTR Tour Standings

Mens Big-Air Leaderboard
1. Willett, Eric (709.12)
2. Hansen, Kim Rune (705.01)
3. Parrot, Maxence (700.00)
4. Truchon, Antoine (636.17)
5. Thorgren, Sven (602.06)
Mens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Gold, Taylor (882.80)
2. Bretz, Greg (858.51)
3. Hiraoka, Taku (847.16)
4. Hirano, Ayumu (833.53)
5. Vito, Louie (713.54)
Mens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. McMorris, Mark (968.03)
2. Sandbech, Stale (916.33)
3. Parrot, Maxence (905.33)
4. Thorgren, Sven (802.90)
5. Kotsenburg, Sage (785.45)
Womens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Clark, Kelly (1000.00)
2. Kim, Chloe (867.90)
3. Bleiler, Gretchen (851.23)
4. Farrington, Kaitlyn (796.03)
5. Gold, Arielle (773.27)
Womens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. Anderson, Jamie (966.67)
2. Rukajärvi, Enni (883.43)
3. Pancochova, Sarka (845.16)
4. Norendal, Silje (831.27)
5. Derungs, Isabel (816.28)

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