02/09/2011 | by Tom Copsey
The NZ leg of the TTR World Snowboard Tour kicked off with the 4-Star Billabong Slopestyle in Snow Park. Roope Tonteri and Jamie Anderson won – watch what went down…
Our good buddy Roope Tonteri thankfully made it out of Les 2 Alpes alive (where we discovered his and our Photo Ed’s mutual love for l’Avalanche club) and made it down under where he’s kicked ass in the Open Men’s division of the Billabong Slopestyle 4Star TTR World Snowboard Tour event which wrapped up at Snow Park near Lake Wanaka, New Zealand yesterday, coming out top of the pile of the 50-odd riders who entered.
Though Roope left the Cab 1440 he pulled out the bag to win last season’s Burton European Open under wraps, he dominated qualifying on Friday and sent it in his first finals run to ensure the top-spot on the podium ahead of the USA’s Sam Hulbert (USA), 2nd, and fellow Fin, Antti Autti (FIN), 3rd.
Tonteri’s winning run went like this: a frontside boardslide to front 360 tail tap, a back 900, a cab 900 and a backside 540 over the final feature dubbed the ‘Monster Volcano’; a channel-gap nipple jump over a giant inflatable Monster Energy can. The judge’s score of 89.40 (out of 100) saw Tonteri walk away with 500 valuable TTR World Tour ranking points, $5,000 in prize money and a swag of prizes that included a state-of-the-art Nex5 Sony Camera.
One of our favourite girls to watch ever, two-time TTR World Champion Jamie Anderson flaunted her style and tech in the Open Women’s, bagging yet another first place Slopestyle finish. Isabel Derungs (SUI) finished 2nd with Jordie Karlinski (USA) in 3rd.
For more on the Tour, head to ttrworldtour.com