Mens slopestyle qualification day at Evolution

Thu 06 January 11

96 riders over 3 heats to try to grab one of those 15 spots in Saturdays finals, and the competition was fierce under the bright sunshine in Davos, Switzerland.

Mens slopestyle qualification day at Evolution

Mens slopestyle qualification day at Evolution © Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

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The O’Neill Evolution Men’s Slopestyle qualifications produced a day of spectacular action and provided a taste of what’s to come on Saturday when the finals get underway.

And it was two young Americans who made their mark at this stage of the 6Star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event.

Winning the first heat with a score of 91.77 was the 23 year old American Eric Willett with a Switch Back 10 Double Cork off the jump and a Switch Boardslide Cab, 270 out from the up-pole.

“I was stoked that I got to go in the first heat,” said Eric. “The jump was good and the landing was nice. It’s a really well built jump.”

Winning the second heat with the second highest score of the day – 90.53 - was another American, 17 year old Scott Moline.

Mens Slopestyle qualification, Evolution 2011 Rider: Max Buri
Mens Slopestyle qualification, Evolution 2011 Rider: Max Buri
Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

“It’s great to have two Americans at the top of the qualifications!” said Eric.
Scott pulled out an impressive Switch Back 10 Double – a trick he learnt just two days ago - before a Front Blunt 450 out from what he calls ‘the Cannon Rail’.

“I’m stoked. It gave me a lot of confidence just knowing that the judges liked what i did,” said Scott.

But if you think that’s all these boys have – think again.

“I actually learnt a new trick yesterday,” said Eric. But I will keep it to myself until the finals!”

Mens Slopestyle qualification, Evolution 2011 Rider: Gian-Luca Cavigelli
Mens Slopestyle qualification, Evolution 2011 Rider: Gian-Luca Cavigelli
Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

“This is the first time I’ve learnt a trick in the middle of competition,” he said. “But the jump is perfect and there’s such a great level of riding with friends like Mark (McMorris) and Seb (Toots) to push yourself.”

Mens Slopestyle qualification, Evolution 2011 Rider: Scott Moline
Mens Slopestyle qualification, Evolution 2011 Rider: Scott Moline
Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

Add to that last year’s Slopestyle winner Marko Grilc arriving into town today and it’s guaranteed to be an exciting finals night on Saturday evening.

“It’s cool to come back to a place where you have good memories,” said Marko. “The set up looks really good. The jump looks even better than last year so I’m actully really excited to ride. It should be fun!”

Mens Slopestyle qualification, Evolution 2011 Rider: Thomas Franc
Mens Slopestyle qualification, Evolution 2011 Rider: Thomas Franc
Photo: O'Neill/Philippruggli.ch

British rider Nate Kern came ninth in his heat, and Jamie Nicholls had a bit of a mare coming 28th. 15yr old Lewis Courtier-Jones gained some great experience and came 27th in the first heat.


Heat 1

  1. Eric Willett USA,  91.77
  2. Torgeir Bergrem NOR, 80.87
  3. Gian-Luc Cavigell a SUI, 78.67
  4. Robby Balharry CAN,  77.97
  5. Aleksander Ostreng NOR 77.47

Heat 2

  1. Scott Moline USA, 90.53
  2. Clemens Schattschneider AUT, 87.07
  3. Niklas Mattsson SWE,85.40
  4. Ville Paumola FI, 82.10
  5. Emil Ulsletten, 80.27

9. Nate Kern, GBR 71.10 28.
28.Jamie Nicolls GBR 9.73

Heat 3

  1. Tor Lundstrom SWE, 83.97
  2. Matthias Vogt GER, 81.70
  3. Ville Uotila FI,  75.83
  4. Thomas Franc SUI, 74.00
  5. Ethan Morgan GER, 72.37

Don't forget you can watch all of tomorrows and Saturdays action live from Davos, right here on WSG, just head over to the video section

MEN AND WOMEN’S HALFPIPE FINALS
TOMORROW JAN 7th

9:00 9:45 HP Training Men & Women
10:00 12:00 HP Men Semi Final - 30 riders x 2 runs
12:10 12:20 HP Training Women
12:20 13:00 HP Women Final Runs 1 & 2 - 10 riders x 2 runs
13:10 13:25 HP Women Finals 3 rd run - 10 riders x 1 run
13:30 14:30 HP Men Finals - 10 riders x 3 runs
14:30 14:45 HP Prizegiving Women & Men

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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.”

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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. Parrot, Maxence (758.83)
2. Willett, Eric (709.12)
3. Hansen, Kim Rune (705.01)
4. Sandbech, Stale (662.18)
5. Ulsletten, Emil (621.71)
Mens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Gold, Taylor (933.33)
2. Hiraoka, Taku (803.21)
3. Zhang, Yiwei (795.95)
4. Bretz, Greg (741.47)
5. Ferguson, Ben (735.20)
Mens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. McMorris, Mark (919.97)
2. Sandbech, Stale (916.33)
3. Parrot, Maxence (866.13)
4. Toutant, Sebastien (841.00)
5. Guldemond, Chas (793.94)
Womens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Clark, Kelly (1000.00)
2. Kim, Chloe (827.92)
3. Gold, Arielle (825.41)
4. Farrington, Kaitlyn (794.33)
5. Okada, Rana (728.07)
Womens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. Anderson, Jamie (933.33)
2. Pancochova, Sarka (845.16)
3. Rukajärvi, Enni (836.10)
4. Derungs, Isabel (816.28)
5. Prior, Christy (809.76)

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