This is what professional snowboarding is all about. Massive tricks. Even bigger air. And pro snowboarders stomping the unstompable. Andy Finch (USA) finished 6th overall in the Quarterpipe, but after taking the title at yesterday’s Halfpipe session, Andy has moved into the Swatch TTR World No. 1 position, just twenty points ahead of now World No 2 Torstein Horgmo (NOR). Kim Rune Hansen (NOR) stood atop the Quarterpipe podium, while Risto Mattila (FIN) grabbed hold of the number 2 spot. Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), who was expected to do very well, rounded out the podium with a third place finish in the Quarterpipe.
The O’Neill Evolution lived up to its SIX(6)STAR title as riders like Nicolas Mueller (SUI), Colin Frei (SUI), Andy Finch (USA), and Manuel Pietropoli (ITA) redefined the word amplitude, taking their Airs and McTwists to incredible new heights that were just not possible only a few years back. Kim Rune Hansen was amped after he stomped a huge chuck flip that sent the crowd wild and earned him 1000 ranking points and $15 000 USD, “I just won the SIX(6)STAR TTR O’Neill Evolution Quarterpipe and I’m so stoked! It feels so good. I did a chuck flip and went about 6.5 meters, I’m just so stoked.” Manuel Pietropoli (ITA) also took home $6000 USD for the Swatch Highest Air with his solid 8.0 m Backside Air that impressed both the fans and the riders.
Risto Mattila threw down one of the biggest McTwists ever seen, launching from one end of the quarterpipe to the other as Peetu Piiroinen spun a clean and huge Backside 5 to secure his podium finish. Risto’s second place finish moved him into World No 6: “Today everyone was pushing it. The level of riding was so high. It was a contest for amplitude: That was the name of the game. Man, it was a fun a competition. I was fourth place until my last run, but I was able to stick my trick for second. I’m so stoked.”
There are tons of big movers and shakers in the rankings after a double-dose of Ranking points was unleashed on riders looking for that coveted TTR World No. 1 spot. Chas Guldemond (USA) remains in the Top 5, holding onto World No 4 with fellow American rider Tim Humphreys (USA) moving into World No 11. Local Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) has moved into World No 17, with Swiss favourite Nicolas Mueller (SUI) sitting right behind him at World No. 18. 05/06 Tour Champion Mathieu Crepel (FRA) sat out of the Quarterpipe stompfest, but his Halfpipe run keeps him in the Top 20 at World No. 19.
The battle for Swatch TTR Tour Leader rages on at the upcoming Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland which will hand out another double-dosage of 1000 ranking points with Superpipe and Slopestyle competitions for both men and women riders.Quarterpipe Top Ten:
1. Kim Rune Hansen NOR Burton
2. Risto Mattila FIN FLOW
3. Peetu Piiroinen FIN Burton
4. Nicolas Mueller SUI Burton
5. Colin Frei SUI K2
6. Andy Finch USA Rip Curl
7. Tore Holvik NOR Bateleon
8. Arthur Longo FRA APO
9. Benoit Thomas-Javid FRA Rome
10. Olivier Gittler FRA Burton
Check out all the action of the Swatch TTR SIX STAR O’Neill Evolution on Freecaster and loads of special behind-the-scenes content on the TTR Video Player.