Crans Montana Champs Open 08

5-8 February 08, Crans Montana, Switzerland

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The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour makes four stops this week, including Switzerland for the FOUR(4)STAR Crans Montana Champs Open presented by Rip Curl, a Slopestyle competition taking place February 5th to 8th, 2008. A $50 000 USD prize purse along with the winner earning 700 TTR Ranking points ensures top level riding on one of the most original and progressive slopestyle set ups on the Tour.

The competition boasts 20 invited riders and open qualifications for the semi-finals that will then move into a 12-rider final. Among the top male riders competing are Swiss local Gian Simmen who currently sits at World No 83 and could move into the Top 60, and Italian ripper Manuel Pietropoli who could move into the Top 20 with a good result in Switzerland.

Crans Montana Champs
Crans Montana Champs
Photo: Arnaud Derib


The Womens Tour drama also continues with the Crans-Montana Champs Open and includes Margot Rozies from France who will be looking to make a huge leap from World No 87 into the Swatch TTR Top 40. All eyes will be on Swiss rider Sina Candrian who is posting her sixth result of the 07/08 season in Switzerland. Candrian is currently TTR World No 6 and could very well move into World No 2. Ursina Haller, another Swiss rider could make World No. 5 if she wins as Conny Bleicher from Germany looks to make the TTR Top Ten with a win at Crans-Montana.
Due to a combination of jumps, rails, and transitions, the Crans-Montana Champs Open will see the best and most well rounded riders come out on top with some truly original lines. Riders will start with two kickers at the top followed by three rail and box options. Immediately following is a mini super-pipe that will allow between 3 and 4 hits, which then leads into a Quarterpipe at the end. Riders will have to prove they have what it takes to master every type of feature and transition if they wish take home a big piece of the $50 000 on offer, and claim the 700 TTR ranking points.

Stay tuned to for updated Tour news from around the world, including events such as the THREE(3)STAR MC Invitational in France, the FOUR(4)STAR Quiksilver Natural Selection in Jackson Hole USA, and the FIVE(5)STAR Honda Session at Vail, USA. Also check out the blog for additional updates and the TTR Video player for fresh action from this past weekends FIVE(5)STAR Billabong Air & Style

Seeded Riders for Semi-Finals Men:

Ville Uotila                         FIN     Atomic

Anthony Holland                 SUI     Volcom

Matthieu Justafre               FRA    Rossignol

Michael Lundmark               SWE   

Nils Ardvidsson                  SWE    Rip Curl

Per Loken                         SWE    Rip Curl

Chris Sorman                    SWE    Burton

Sam Cullum                       GBR    DC

Gian Simmen                     SUI     ONeill

Manuel Pietropoli                ITA     Burton

Reto Kestenholz                 SUI     Zimstern

Darius Heristchian               SUI     Rip Curl

Remi Lamazouere               FRA    Rip Curl

Alex Evequoz                     SUI     Rossignol

Mathiue Schaer                  SUI     Head

Seeded Riders for Semi-Finals Women:

Caroline Beliard        FRA    APO

Sina Candrian           SUI     Burton

Margot Rozies          FRA    Roxy  

Tina Ramholt            SUI     FTwo

Gaetane Donze         SUI    

Crans Montana, Switzerland