Following the latest round of the TTR World Snowboard Tour this weekend, the overall scoreboard has been shuffled once again.
The 2006 Billabong Slopestyle Jam in Wanaka last weekend marked the tour’s third stop, drawing a powerful mix of international pros and local talent to the NZ ground.
In the Open category, Canadian Matts Kuli and American Jamie Anderson dominated the international field, out-riding their competitors and winning the men’s and women’s competitions. Their top results credited them both with 550 TTR World Tour points each and the coveted event title.
In a consistent start to the season, Scotty Largo (USA) took 7th place, posting his 5th result in the 06/07 campaign, to sneak past former Tour leader, Danny Davis (USA), and claim his first ever TTR Tour Championship lead.
In the Women’s Open event, American Jamie Anderson’s technical rotation tricks and line combos fended off 2005 defending champion, Izumi Amaike (JPN). Amaike was ultimately awarded second place, with Claudia Fliri (AUT) in third. Sitting in TTR Tour 5th position before the event, this title takes Anderson back into second position overall and a close rival to TTR Woman’s Tour leader, Ellery Hollingsworth.
In the Junior category it was Kiwi local, Mitchell Brown, that took the day’s honors after he qualified third for both the Junior and Open divisions. He locked down the day’s highest scored run on his first attempt. Up-and-coming juniors James Hamilton (NZE) and Andy Kennerly (NZE), received second and third to qualify for the Billabong World Pro Junior Championships in France, to be held in early March in Les Deux Alpes, France (www.billabongjrpro.com).
In the women’s juniors, Rebecca Sinclair (NZL), aged 14, took the title and secured herself a place next to Brown in the Billabong World Junior Championships. Christine Prior (NZE) and Charlotte Trundle (NZL) secured the second and third spots.
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