Burton European Open 08 – Day 5: Slopestyle Semis.

When: Tue 15th of January 2008

Where: Laax, Switzerland

Shaun White: on fire. Backside disasters are freaky-gnarly. All photos: Pat Vermeulen.

The heat got cranked up in the slopestyle today as Shaun White and Jenny Jones qualified top.

The ladies hit up the slopestyle first and put on nothing short of a killer show. Seriously, there were some full-on hammers being put down by the girls on the poppy booters and some mad style on the jibs. From Torah Bright’s bs 5s on the quarter; to Kjersti Buuas’ epic fs 7s; to Lisa Filzmoser attacking the big kicker line with spins, the girls were stepping it up in terms of technicality and quality. It was sick to see so many girls putting down solid spins, and they got mad props from the crowd for sure. Yeehaa!

QP fs 7 from Markus Keller.

Germany’s Silvia Mittermüller was holding on to the top spot for a long while, like it was a litre of fine Augustiner helles, after putting down an über stylish fs boardslide, some equally sweet other jibbery and then mixing switch backside 180s with frontside 3s and 7s on the booters. Then up popped the young American, Jamie Anderson, whose run this scribe must hold his hands up and admit he missed as he was doing some kind of weird jiggle dance to keep from being frozen to death. It was damned cold up on the Crap today. But taking first was Britain’s Jenny Jones who after a nice bit of jibbing on the upper course stepped up to the big kicker line and stomped a beefy backside 3, frontside 3 and finished with the frontside 5. As she admitted later, though, she knows she’s got it all to do again come Thursday, but if her run is anything like the one today she’s onto a winner.

Mikkel Bang. Switch bs 7.

The standard of riding in the guys’ semis was simply world class, as you’d expect of a 6 star TTR event. It seemed the whole field were linking some variety of combos in which a 7 was the lowest denominator and 9s every which way were common as muck. And rarely was any of the riding spin to win bullshit, it was just mad tech, mad style. As we hiked our way over we mused that it was a pretty safe bet that Shaun White would win, and we hit the nail on the head there. Dropping last in the field of 40 riders, the White Lightning was just a cut above the rest. Lots of spinning around on the rails punctuated with the bs disaster on the slippery miniramp, he entered the kicker line with fs 10, bs9 and cab9. Bang. No one could top his score in the second run, so he treated us to a run oozing with style. The fs 3 stalefish was a keeper, Shaun, and reminded us of his lap of honour at the Olympics when he did THAT fs 5.

White owning the fs 3 in his second run.

There were a couple of upsets when the likes of Kevin Pearce and Danny Davis failed to make the cut, as did a couple other names you’d maybe think would have got through, but the field is looking solid for the finals, for sure. It would, however, be a brave man who’d put money on anyone other than White taking this mother home.

Peetu Piiroinen. QP backside air.

Pipe semis tomorrow, plus the most important contest of the week: the 10 Star TTR BEO Media Minishred.

Results (top 16 men and top 8 women advance to Thursday’s Slopestyle Final)


1 Shaun White USA
2 Tim Humphreys USA
3 Jason Dubois CAN
4 Ville Uotila FIN
5 Antti Autti FIN
6 Chas Guldemond USA
7 Peetu Piiroinen FIN
8 Iouri Podladtchikov SUI
9 Per Iver Grimsrud NOR
10 Kim Andre Eliassen NOR
11 Sami Saarenpaa FIN
12 Risto Mattila FIN
13 Mikkel Bang NOR
14 Charles Reid CAN
15 Sebastien Toutant CAN
16 Joel Lahti FIN
17 Roger Kleivdal NOR
18 Danny Davis USA
19 Kim Rune Hansen NOR
20 Stef Zeestraten NZE
21 Stefan Gimpl AUT
22 Ryan Stassel USA
23 Mason Aguirre USA
24 Markus Keller SUI
25 Stephan Maurer SUI
26 Kevin Pearce USA
27 Arthur Longo FRA
28 Janne Korpi FIN
29 Markku Koski FIN
30 Chris Soerman SWE
31 Alessandro Boyens GER
32 Marko Grilc SLO
33 Fredrik Scuderi NOR
34 Lonnie Kauk USA
35 Sani Alibabic AUT
36 Miikka Hast FIN
37 James Hamilton NZE
38 Zak Stone CAN
39 Nick Hyne NZE
40 Jaakko Ruha FIN
41 Tore Holvik NOR
41 Henning Marthinsen NOR


1 Jenny Jones GBR
2 Jamie Anderson USA
3 Silvia Mittermueller GER
4 Sina Candrian SUI
5 Meri Peltonen FIN
6 Lisa Filzmoser AUT
7 Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas NOR
8 Margot Rozies FRA
9 Torah Bright AUS
10 Lisa Wiik NOR
11 Cheryl Maas NED
12 Vicci Miller GBR
13 Vera Janssen GER
14 Tina Ramholt SUI
15 Sarka Pancochova CZE
16 Elizabeth Beerman USA
17 Claudia Fliri AUT
18 Cecilia Larsen SWE
19 Anais Cettou SUI
20 Julia Baumgartner AUT
21 Alexis Waite USA

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