15/12/2010 | by Uli Köhler
The Evolution will host some epic riding in the TTR 6 star men’s and women’s Halfpipe and Slopestyle contests from January 2-8 2011.
Some of the finest shred talent on the planet will descend on Davos to up the ante and throw down in the halfpipe and slopestyle sitting at the base of the Jakobshorn. It’s one of the funnest events on the calendar and the riders are pumped already…
“I can’t wait to see the setup this year,” says Canadian snowboarding star Seb Toutant who missed the competition last year with a serious ankle injury. “O’Neill Evolution is gonna be a great contest like always,” he said. “It’s in a really cool place in Switzerland and always such an amazing setup.”
The 6 star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event is once again pushing new boundaries. The event for 2011 now holds a 6 star TTR rating for both the women’s Slopestyle as well as the Halfpipe. And this year also sees the 6 star rating for men extended to the 2-hit Slopestyle course for the first time.
“I’m even more excited than the years before,” said Seb – known for his slopestyle skills. “The 6 stars on the Slopestyle make the event even more important for the riders, and it’s good for TTR points.”
The Halfpipe finals will take place on Friday January 7th as 10 riders hit the 6 metre high, 130 metre long and 20 metre wide pipe which sits impressively at the base of the Jakobshorn.
Saturday 8th sees a day of Slopestyle finals that will run into a floodlit night finale as the riders try to bag the title and stoke out the crowd.
“We always want to bring something new and exciting to this event,” said O’Neill Global Event Director, Bernhard Ritzer. “It’s called Evolution after all,” he said. “This year we’re changing the Slopestyle radically following feedback from the riders for less but more challenging features, and a mix of day and night riding will bring variation and challenges for the riders.”
They’ll also be adopting the progressive new judging criteria offered by the Snowboard Live Scoring System (SLS), which allows riders and spectators to see how judges give points by scoring each trick individually in a rider’s run and adding a flow score for the overall impression of the run.
With the top ten Swatch TTR World Tour men invited and the top eight women, this is gonna be one you want to watch. Already confirmed for O’Neill Evolution 2011 are Seb Toots, Janne Korpi, Gian Simmen, Kjersti Buaas, Sharka Pancchova, Chanelle Sladics, Kelly Clark and Nadja Purtschert with more names to follow in the coming weeks.
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Sun 02 Jan: Training
Mon 03 Jan: Training. HP Qualification women
Tues 04 Jan: Training. SS Qualification women
Wed 05 Jan: HP Qualification men. HP SEMI FINALS women
Thurs 06 Jan: SS Qualification men
Fri 07 Jan: Halfpipe FINALS.
Sat 08 Jan: Slopestyle FINALS