01/02/2010 | by Anna Langer
Where: Davos, Switzerland
The O’Neill Evolution 2010 starts this afternoon with the women’s halfpipe – promising a spectacular showing with a bigger halfpipe than ever seen before at this competition. In fact, some of the girls haven’t seen the pipe in Davos at all – as the women’s event did not take place for the past three years. Nontheless, the 6 Star halfpipe comp is a very welcome addition to the Swatch TTR World Tour.
Current world number one ranked snowboarder Sarka Pancochova (CZE) will look to extend her lead, whilst world number three Cheryl Maas (NED) looks to use this event to edge closer to the top.
However, this event is not only for the pipe connoisseurs among us. The Mellow Crew as also shaped a bigger and better 5 Star Slopestyle course, which will be the men’s playground for the days to come.
Here’s shaper Bjarni Thor Valdimarsson talking about his daily grind: “There are four features – and the last feature has three options. It starts with an 8meter downpipe, then there is a 15 meter step down followed by a 19 meter step down. At the end there’s a small hip to the right, and at the end of the hip there’s a down rail and then a box.” “The two jumps are bigger than last year,” he said. “But building here, the biggest challenge is the terrain – it’s really steep.”
The men’s event starts on Wednesday. Battling it out for the Swatch TTR World Tour leadership will be current TTR leader Marko Grilc (SLO) as well as current world number three Peetu Piiroinen(FIN) – last year’s quarterpipe winner here in Davos.
With current number two in the world Seb Toots injured, and with the likes of American Eric Willett, the Belgian snowboarder Seppe Smits, and German Elias Elhardt ready to put on a show here in Davos, it opens up the top of the rankings to some exciting changes.
INVITED WOMEN SNOWBOARDERS
Sarka Pancochova CZE
Cheryl Maas NED
Sina Candrian SUI
Caroline Beliard FRA
Cilka Sadar SLO
Chanelle Sladics USA
Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas NOR
Manuela Pesko SUI
Monday January 4 – Training
Tuesday January 5 – Women’s Halfpipe
Wednesday January 6 – Men’s Halfpipe Qualifications
Thursday January 7 – Men’s Slopestyle Qualifications
Friday January 8 – MEN’S HALFPIPE FINALS
Saturday January 9 – MEN’S SLOPESTYLE FINALS