Cilka Sadar & Lucien Koch win 2011 Champ in Leysin

Sat 12 February 11

Today, a piece of snowboard history went into the books as the 20th anniversary of the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS Leysin, the oldest snowboard event in Europe

Cilka Sadar & Lucien Koch win 2011 Champ in Leysin

Cilka Sadar & Lucien Koch win 2011 Champ in Leysin © Photo: Marion Landon

Today, a piece of snowboard history went into the books as the 20th anniversary of the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS Leysin, the oldest snowboard event in Europe, once again featured a nail biting final. Under sunny skies that made for warm spring-like conditions, the Swiss crowds gathered to relax and watch the high level of riding as both men and women took to the progressive slopestyle course.

Cilka Sadar winner of womens 2011 Nescape Champs in Leysin
Cilka Sadar winner of womens 2011 Nescape Champs in Leysin
Photo: Marion Landon

Slovenian shredder, Cilka Sadar, took a hefty lead early on and won the women’s title, which improved her ranking points to defend her World No. 2 position, while Swiss young gun, Lucien Koch, took home the men’s title. Both winners took home a share of the $ 50 000 USD prize purse and 850 Swatch TTR World Ranking points.

Womens podium at 2011 Nescape Champs in Leysin
Womens podium at 2011 Nescape Champs in Leysin
Photo: Pierre Cailloux

Even though the snow was melting at the speed of light all around the Swiss mountains, the slopestyle course at the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS Leysin was in impeccable shape featuring a mix of kickers, a halfpipe and a wallride. The men’s winner, Lucien Koch, a Swiss rider of only 15-years, impressed the crowds and judges with a stylish frontside 720 on the top kicker, he then smoothly dropped into the pipe and stomped a backside 900 and a frontside 900 then tossed in a huge backside 900 on the bottom kicker that flowed into a tail blunt on the wallride.

Mens podium at 2011 Nescape Champs in Leysin
Mens podium at 2011 Nescape Champs in Leysin
Photo: Pierre Cailloux

Lucien, who made his way through the open qualifications, was stoked on his victory and had this to say, “Today was great for me, I won this competition and I can’t believe it! It was perfect for me, because I always ride kicker and pipe, and here you have kicker and pipe in one run”. Earlier in the season, he took third place at the 4Star Nissan Stomp-it and this was his first major Swatch TTR event title, which moved him into the TTR Top 50. In second place was experienced slopestyle rider, Risto Mattila (FIN), and in third Niklas Mattson (SWE).

Runner up Risto Mattila at 2011 Nescape Champs in Leysin
Runner up Risto Mattila at 2011 Nescape Champs in Leysin
Photo: Pierre Cailloux

On the women’s side, the riding was truly impressive and current Swatch TTR World No. 2 Cilka Sadar (SLO) took the lead with her first run. On her victory lap, Cilka managed to improve on her first run with a solid performance landing a backside 360, then stomping back to back 540’s in the halfpipe and topping it off with a sweet frontside 540 on the last jump. Cilka is motivated to push through to secure a place on the final TTR Top 3 saying, “ Right now I’m World No. 2 on the TTR tour, it feels great, but I know I can’t really win because of Jamie and Kelly. But, I’m going to try my best to get second or third in the end of the season.” In second place was halfpipe specialist and another Swiss favourite, Ursina Haller, who with today’s result moved into World No. 8. In third Isabel Derungs, an up-and coming Swiss rider, who last weekend nailed the 4Star Stimorol Engadinsnow title, now sits in World No. 20.

Mens Results

 

Place   Bib   Name Gender   Nation
    Koch, Lucien M SUI
    Mattila, Risto M FIN
    Mattson, Niklas M SWE
    Pietropoli, Manuel M ITA
    Simmen, Gian M SUI
    Niemelä, Nuutti M FIN
    Scherrer, Jan M SUI
    Baisamy, Johann M FRA
    Ruha, Jaakko M FIN
  10    Luhtanen, Sami M FIN
  11    Lipsanen, Janne M FIN
  12    Buri, Max M SUI
  13    Bachmann, Lars M SUI
  14    Anthamatten, Aurel M SUI
  15    Tevelle, Maxence M FRA
  16    Boyens, Alessandro M GER
  17    Jentsch, Thomas M SUI
  18    Wakeham, Dan M GBR
  19    Henzelin, Damien M SUI
  20    Holland, Anthony M SUI
  21    Lundstrom, Tor M SWE
  22    Tille, Nicolas M SUI
  23    Weber, Christian M SUI
  24    Djité, David M SUI
  25    Baume, Lucas M SUI
  26    Thorgren, Sven M SWE
  27    Rüedi, Moritz M SUI
  28    Karlsson, Johan M SWE
  29    Landmark, Zebastian M SWE
  30    Lehner, Emanuel M SUI
  31    Reversade, Cesar M FRA
  32    Gerber, Carlos M SUI
  33    Courtier-Jones, Lewis M GBR
  34    Letourneau, Ian M SUI
  35    Oulevey, Renaud M SUI

Womens Results

 

Place   Bib   Name Gender   Nation
    Sadar, Cilka W SLO
    Haller, Ursina W SUI
    Derungs, Isabel W SUI
    Purtschert, Nadja W SUI
    Pellissier, Anne Sophie W FRA
    Grimal, Clémence W FRA
    Nadig, Helen W SUI
    Thovex, Mirabelle W FRA
    Le Droumaguet, Alexia W FRA
  10    Enne, Merika W FIN
  11    Haerty, Marion W FRA

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Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “First class ultra friendly snowboard resort with terrain to suit all levels and styles. Great freestyle terrain and ok for novices. Great local services. ”

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8-13 February 11

Celebrating its 20th year, the Swiss 5*TTR slopestyle competition should be a cracker

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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