13/11/2006 | by Onboard
Following a successful launch in the 05/06 season, the TTR Women’s World Snowboard Tour experiences huge growth as the 06/07 Provisional Woman’s calendar demonstrates true global reach. In its second season, the Woman’s Tour introduces the Star Tier system, growing from 6 events and possible 9 results to over 20 events offering more than 30 possible results. With the Tour kicking off at the Abominable Snow Jam at Mt Hood in July, the Tour offers non-stop snowboarding action for the duration of the Northern Hemisphere winter.
Won in 2005/2006 by reining World Tour Champion, Cheryl Maas (NED), the Tour has been tailored to service the increase in event stops compared to the previous season.
Kicked off in North America with the Burton Abonimable Snowjam in July, and followed by two events in New Zealand, the Burton NZ Open and Billabong Pro Junior. While the Billabong PR Junior in Australia and Burton Australian Open were both cancelled due to poor snow conditions, the tour now heads North with its next stop being the all women’s event The Roxy Chicken Jam in St Moritz, Switzerland (www.chickenjam.com).
Jamie Anderson (USA), took an early Tour Championships lead after her blazing performances at the Burton Abonimable Snowjam secured her double podium results consisting of a win at the Slopestyle and a third in the Halfpipe.
But as the Tour went South, it was fellow American Ellery Hollingsworth who stole the show, tipping the scales and staking her claim for the prized Tour leader spot. After Hollingsworth had secured an eighth and fifth at the Abonimable Snowjam she went down under and added a third and fifth to her spread of season results. The four format scores secured her the highest season overall average and gave her a dominant lead ahead of second placeed Hanna Beaman(USA). Beaman finished fourth overall on last season’s tour and now lies in second sport on the World Championships Rankings.
The 2006/2007 Women’s World Champion will be crowned during the seasons tour-defining event, The Roxy Chicken Jam which is held from the 22-25th March 2007 in Park City, Utah, USA. With the Champion being crowned at this North American event, the five events that follow enable all other riders on the 23-stop World Tour further point scoring opportunity and will ultimately define the final Overall Women’s TTR World Tour Championships rankings.
All women competitors require six event format results to be eligible for a full end of season result. The best six results will be averaged, giving a final Championships Tour score and defining the Women’s Champion.
Results from the previous season will count for seeding on the 2006/2007 Tour. The top five women from the final 2005/2006 TTR World Championships Rankings will be automatically invited to all 5 and 6 Star events, with the top two current placed riders on the 2006/2007 tour also being automatically seeded to start. The top two will be taken from the official TTR World Tour results listed by last event format held and will exclude pre-seeded riders from the 2005/2006 results.
In effect, this system guarantees entry by the very best riders to the very best events world wide, with additional credit given to riders in current Championships form.