Where: Laax, Switzerland
Day five of the Burton European Open saw the women’s halfpipe qualification and the men’s slopestyle semifinals. Lesley McKenna showed the best run in the pipe and Janne Lipsanen came in first after delivering a very impressive first run through the slopestyle course.
Men’s Slopestyle Semifinals
After the qualification the day before this was the first time all seeded riders and the best riders out of the qualification stages opened their bag of tricks. Unfortunately the weather had changed over night and turned out to be quite a challenge for the riders: It was snowing slightly and the light was pretty flat. Nontheless, some riders were able to impress the judges with some massive tricks. It was Finnish rider Janne Lipsanen who showed the best performance in his first run. He started it with a frontside boardslide on the box, a backflip off the pole jam, a backside disaster on the jib barrel, a frontside lipslide to frontside boardslide on the box, a frontside inverted 7 on the quarterpipe finishing up with a cab 900, a frontside 720 and a cork backside 720 on the kicker-line. Not only were these tricks pretty technicals but they were oozing with style. Janne has made his way from the pre-qualifications all the way into the finals in true shredarella fashion.
Second came Norwegian Gjermund Braaten followed by another Finn, 17-year-old Roope Tonteri. Current TTR World Tour leader Peetu Piiroinen came in fourth and showed yet another clean and consistent performance. So did the best Swiss rider of the day Iouri Podladtchikov, who finished in fifth position. Judging from today’s performance they will be among the contenders for the BEO title and a piece of the US$125.000 prize purse.
Unfortunately due to the difficult conditions many seeded riders did not make the cut for the finals, among them O’Neill Evolution and Air&Style winner Marko Grilc, and TTR ranking numbers 3 and 5 Stale Sandbech (NOR) and Seppe Smits (BEL). They all miss out on the big finals of the best 16 slopestyle riders on Friday.
Men’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results
1. Lipsanen Janne FIN RIPCURL 88.17
2. Braaten Gjermund NOR OAKLEY 81.50
3. Tonteri Roope FIN BURTON 76.33
4. Piiroinen Peetu FIN BURTON 75.67
5. Podladtchikov Iouri SUI VOLCOM 75.00
6. Backstrom Kevin SWE BURTON 72.33
7. Bang Mikkel NOR BURTON 71.50
8. Uotila Ville FIN ATOMIC 70.50
9. Haller Christian SUI BURTON 70.00
10. Nicholls Jamie GBR QUIKSILVER 69.17
11. Arvidsson Nils SWE RIPCURL 67.50
12. Holvik Tore NOR SWEET 67.33
13. Paumola Ville FIN QUIKSILVER 64.00
14. Maurer Stephan SUI BURTON 61.67
15. Ryan Sean USA FORUM 60.00
16. Koski Markku FIN 32 SNOWBOARD 59.00
Women’s Halfpipe Qualifications
Earlier today, the women battled out in the halfpipe who would be the 13 riders to compete against the seeded riders in Friday’s finals. British rider Lesley McKenna came in first after two solid runs of the former Olympian. Lesley was folled by Japanese rider Akiko Miwa and Swiss Helen Nadig.
Womens’s Halfpipe Qualification Results
1 McKenna Lesley GBR ROXY 90.83
2 Miwa Akiko JPN ALLIAN 87.17
3 Nadig Helen SUI ZIMTSTERN 84.17
4 Purtschert Nadja SUI ONEILL 83.17
5 Bernard Emma FRA ROXY 82.00
6 Grimal Clémence FRA ROXY 73.00
7 Alekhina Elena RUS ROXY 70.67
8 Schuler Andrea SUI FLOW 66.17
9 Ishida Chiyo JPN NIKITA 62.83
10 Furhata Yuki JPN BURTON 60.33
11 Karlinski Jordie USA NIKITA 59.00
12 Norenal Silje NOR ROXY 58.67
13 Meusburger Pia AUT K2 55.83
Check back tomorrow for the results of the men’s halfpipe qualification and semifinals!