Merika Enne wins nanshan open!

Sat 11 January 14

Day 1 of the 12th Red Bull Nanshan Open, a 5 Star World Snowboard Tour Event, was all about the ladies!

Merika Enne wins nanshan open!

Merika Enne wins nanshan open! © worldsnowboardtour.com

As the competition’s second year featuring riders of the female variety, spectators were treated to some of the best ladie’s riding in the world as 28 male riders and 9 female riders from 10 different countries hit the Nanshan Mellow Park, located just outside the China’s capital.

It was a Finnish one-two as Merikia Enne and Kristiina Nisula snatched first and second place respectively in the women’s finals, both killing it with riding that would have placed well in the male division! Merika takes home US$10,000 with a huge run featuring a massive FS540 off the first kicker (stomping it halfway down the landing), a switch bs180 on the second kicker, a 50-50 BS180 out on the pole-jam and a switch rock to fakie on the wallride. Last year’s winner Kristiina only just missed out on a repeat, with a rodeo 720 on the first jump, bs360 on the second, 180 out on the pole-jam and air to fakie on the wallride. American rider Michelle Zeller finished the podium off in third with back to back 360s, while Japanese rider Asami Hirono placed fourth.

In addition to the women’s competition, today also saw the 28-strong field of male riders narrowed down to 15 for tomorrow’s finals. Once again it was a Finnish rider at the top of the table, qualifying first with a bs1080 double cork off the first, a fs720 on the second, and jibbing up a storm with a front lip 270 off the pole jam and hand plant on the wallride.

Fingers will be crossed for good weather at the men’s finals tomorrow with the local crowd stoked to be cheering on the Chinese representation with Wang Lei qualifying in 15th.

RANK

Last Name

First Name

Nationality

Sponsors

Birthdate

1

Enne

Merika

FIN

Billabong, Panasonic, Battery

24/06/92

2

Nisula

Kristiina

FIN

Völkl, Battery, Roxy

24/01/92

3

Zeller

Michelle

USA

Flux, Gnu, Smith

19/08/88

4

Hirono

Asami

JPN

Ogasaka, Billabong, Flux

8/11/90

5

Hidalgo

Maria

ESP

Burton, Anon, Tactic BCN

30/01/97

6

Han

Seungyeon

KOR

Ashbury, Thirty Two, Nixon

3/02/86

7

Hong

Zhu

CHN

Electric, JBMC

22/11/88

8

Partanen

Malla

FIN

Kissmark

31/10/94

9

Szumovski

Christine

AUT

Rome SDS, Absolutpark, Adidas

16/04/85

 

Rank

Last

First

Nationality

Sponsors

Birthdate

1

Niemela

Nuutti

FIN

Smith, Transform, LEVI Ski Resort

10/06/91

2

Humphreys

Tim

USA

Flow, GoPro, Neff

14/12/87

3

Richenberg

Brage

NOR

Dragon, Salomon, Adrenaline

29/11/92

4

Thorley

Ian

USA

Neff

16/10/86

5

Hagen

Ole

NOR

DC, Vonzipper

7/06/95

6

Hulbert

Sam

USA

Smith, Neff, Easternboarder

9/04/89

7

Eberhardt

Max

CAN

O’Neill, The Escape Movement, Maximise

24/09/94

8

Coultas

Rowan

GBR

APO, Vans, Oakley

21/06/97

9

Ryan

Sean

USA

Stonp, Capitahl, Echelon

16/04/90

10

Weissenbacher

Mathias

AUT

Burn, Adidas, Vans

3/02/92

11

Inamura

Keita

JPN

Volkl, Flux, Murasaki

9/03/97

12

Hill

Seth

USA

Sims, Smith, RPZN

21/09/87

13

Krivec

Aljosa

SLO

Apo, Burn, JBMC

3/07/92

14

Krogstie

Joachim

NOR

Burton, Analog, Trysil skistar

12/04/88

15

Wang

Lei

CHN

Nitro ,O’neill, JBMC

14/05/77

 

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