BEO 2011 - Men's HP Semis + Wms' SS Semis

Another day of the Burton European Open 2011 wrapped up on Thursday with the men’s halfpipe semis and the womens slopestyle semis. Bad news first: The weather did not improve and was just as foggy, warm and wet as the day before. This meant that once again the riders struggled with the conditions and found it hard to nail the stuff they imagined in many a sleepless night.

However, the halfpipe comp did not take long before it develope into the usual double fest: Finnish rider Iika Eemeli Laari was the first to throw down front 10 double cork, and despite ever changing visibility and quality of jokes from the inimitable speaker Jon Weaver the level rose and climaxed when Arthur Longo stomped his second run with an insane level of amplitude: A Cab 7 followed by a massive front 7, a backside 5 and a front 10. This brought him the first place. Finnish machine Peetu Piiroinen casually rode two second place with a first run consisting of a front 7, a cab 10 double cork, a frontside air and a nice back 9 and front 7. In his second run he just went for fun and creativity, maybe inspired by a looming $25,000 cash prize from MINI for the most creative run in the BGOS series. On our list of favourites for Saturday’s finals are also Markus Malin (with the most stylish double cork of the day) and Kazu Kokubo (whose creative style is always a favourite among the spectators and media alike).

Results Mns Halfpipe Semi Finals

1. Arthur Longo, FRA
2. Peetu Piiroinen, FIN
3. Markus Malin, FIN
4. Kazuhiro Kokubo, JPN
5. Benji Farrow, USA
6. Iouri Podladtchikov, SUI
7. James Scotty, AUS
8. Iikka-Eemeli Laari, FIN
9. Markus Keller, SUI
10. Jan Scherrer, SUI

Unfortunately we could not make it to the women’s slopestyle semis (instead we were robot-boarding with Nokia – don’t ask!), but rumor has it  it was quite a gamble to choose between the (slow) big kickers and the smaller (but lower rated) kickers. Quite a few established riders made an untimely exit from the competition. At the end of the day it was Jamie Anderson who claimed first spot for Friday’s finals. That girl is on fire!

Results Wms Slopestyle Semis

1. Jamie Anderson, USA
2. Urska Pribosic, SLO
3. Silje Norendal, NOR
4. Sina Candrian, SUI
5. Jordie Karlinski, USA
6. Ty Walker, USA

Edit: It’s early morning in Laax, and it’s the day of the slopestyle finals. The weather looks stunning, riders confirmed it’s going to be awesome, so make sure you’ll check the live webcast (and see if presenter Henry Jackson survived the booze-filled media dinner last night)!

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