19/03/2012 | by Tom Copsey
Finnish wild boy Roope Tonteri put down a Cab 12, back 9 and boardslide 270 out to take out Ulrik Badertscher and scoop the 2012 edition of the Burn River Jump in Livigno.
In an exciting and thrilling super-final 19 year old Finnish rider Roope Tonteri was bestowed with the prestigious title, $15,000 and 800 points for the TTR Overall World ranking. Canadian Mark McMorris took the BURN JIB MASTER title and earned $3,000 for his Switch Hardway 270 on 270 out on the down-rail.
Thousands of spectators descended on the course setup near Livigno’s town centre to check the action, and the setup at the Mottolino Fun Mountain Area was in a perfect shape for creative snowboard action. 16 riders made up of guys who’d qualified, bagged a wildcard or were invited threw down hard all night long with an array of heavy trickery.
The judging was divided in two parts: 50% for the action on the main kicker (measures: 20 m, 3,5 m, 60 m), and 50 % for the jump over the river Spoel and the jibbing playground in the finish area that gave riders five different options.
The best four riders passed into the super-finals, based on the k.o. system– Roope Tonteri against Mark McMorris and Staale Sandbech against Ulrik Badertscher. Four world-class freestylers, all who had a good chance of winning. But this night Roope and Ulrik advanced to the final round matching for the victory. Roope Tonteri showed a huge Cab 1260 followed by a Backside 900 over the River “Spoel” finishing with a Boardslide 270 out. That was a hard act to follow for Ulrik, who started with a Backside 1080, a double Backside Rodeo 900 and ended up his run with a cab 270 hardway. 91.33 to 90.33 points in favour of the Finnish was the message of the four judges. Right after the decision smiling Roope Tonteri had this to say: “My heart is beating so fast. I am happy to be here. I feel really good at the River Jump. This morning I had a sauna and then I came to the contest. But I didn’t expect this victory. Ulrik’s run was so strong.” The podium was completed by the 2012 Double X-Games Winner Mark McMorris, who additionally to the third place in the big air competition won the BURN JIB MASTER part.
BURN RIVER JUMP 2012 RESULTS
1.Roope Tonteri/FIN BURTON 91.33 points
2.Ulrik Badertscher/NOR BURN 90.33
3.Mark McMorris/CAN BURTON 65.00
4.Staale Sandbech/NOR BURN 17.67
5.Stefano Munari/ITA NITRO 71.33
BURN JIB MASTER 2012: Mark McMorris/CAN, trick: Switch Hardway 270 on 270 out
The 2011-2012 Tour finale is drawing nearer, Stale Sandbech is currently leading the TTR Overall Ranking. Jan Scherrer made his way into the top five today, improving from the 7th to 4th position. Mark McMorris dropped one spot, even though he made it to the final and came in third, he was not able to beat his own best Big Air results for the 2011-2012 season. Today’s results will count towards the Big Air rankings for the 2012-2013 season, with the Big Air Tour Champion Seppe Smits crowned at the last 6Star event of 2011-2012, the Billabong Air&Style in Innsbruck.