After a turbulent season with quite some surprises, the Roxy Chicken Jam in Mammoth finally also crowned the female tour champ of the TTR 08/09.
The TTR top 3: Kelly Clark, Lisa Wiik and Jamie Anderson – all photos: Mark Welsh
Although she only ended up in place 21 at the slopestyle competition yesterday, this result was still enough to bump Kelly Clark up to world number one. After a nice season start at the New Zealand Open with a third place in the halfpipe we didn’t hear that much from her until she came back with a real bang and dominated the halfpipe at the Burton European Open with stylish and secure riding like no one else. Her position in the world ranking though was far from stable until the BEO halfpipe title was followed by another first place at the Nissan X-Trail Asian Open and a second place at the Burton US Open. But until this last event everything was still open with strong riders like Kjersti Buaas (who made only place 5 in the overall TTR ranking in the end due to an injury), Jamie Anderson (TTR No.3, also injured at the last event) and amazingly strong newcomers like Lisa Wiik (second in the TTR) and Sarka Panchocova who have been mixing up the top 5 in the last couple of weeks. In the end it was Kelly’s title at the Roxy Chicken Jam halfpipe comp that gave her enough ranking points to move up in the top spot.
Kelly shows us that you don’t have to do a crazy amount of contests to have a chance to win the TTR, just ride really sick and bag some first places and you’re done!
Very unlike the men’s champ Peetu Piiroinen, who has been persistently present throughout the whole season. He started relatively late and got his first TTR ranking points at the Nissan X-Trail Jam, where he came second. Then he won the O’Neill Evolution quarterpipe comp and made another second place at the BEO slopestyle comp. With two more second places at the Billabong Air & Style and the US Open halfpipe comp and a fourth place at the slopestyle he consolidated the number one position he possessed for 25 weeks throughout the whole season.
The last event of this season though was won by a snowboard veteran only few people would have expected: Jana Mayen-Wetherby (USA) took out the 6Star Slopestyle Title with a Japan air on the hip, a 50-50 on the rail, Backside 540, Cab 720 Mute, Cab 540 Mute and a 50-50 on the box. Jenny Jones (GBR) took second and Lisa Wiik (NOR) third, what bumped her up to a TTR No. 2 finish.