A double-dose of 1000 TTR Ranking Points at the O’Neill Evolution this weekend delivered the winning ticket to Antti Autti (FIN) as his Superpipe win and 2nd place Quarterpipe position catapulted him to TTR World No.1 spot at the third TTR Six Star event of the Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour 06/07.
Tour tension tore through Friday’s Superpipe Finals as in the TTR Ranking List presented by Swatch looked all set to change. The then-current TTR World No.1, Scotty Lago (USA), valiantly fended off serious challenges from fellow TTR Top 10 contenders Travis Rice (USA), Danny Davis (USA) and TTR World Champion title-defender Mathieu Crepel (FRA) in halfpipe drama that continued to the contest end. It was Antti Autti (FIN) who defined the winning run, blending an inverted frontside 1080 into switch frontside 900 with well-executed straight airs and a clean-cut backside alley-oop 720, securing his first O’Neill Evolution title, 1000 TTR Ranking Points and a solid TTR World No.2 position separated by just 20 points from Lago (USA), still in the lead.
Saturday’s Quarterpipe Finals took on greater significance as the fight for the next round of 1000 TTR World Tour points set the riders in rampant rivalry. Local favourite Nicolas Mueller (SUI) attacked the perfect quarterpipe with inimitable style to keep the O’Neill Evolution title in Switzerland and jump into the TTR Top 5. But all eyes focused on Autti (FIN), geared up from the start to oust Lago (USA) from the No.1 spot with every point set to make a difference. Riding with a mission, Autti (FIN) hit an unexpected tie in the final standings with Kevin Pearce (USA) as both held the same score. With TTR Ranking List positions so close, ties were cleared by the rider’s best second run. With Autti (FIN) finally claiming 2nd place, his TTR Ranking score created a near 60-point margin over Lago (USA) to knock the American off the top position after a massive 12 weeks at No.1.
“I’m so happy! It’s the first time I’ve been ranked TTR World No.1 and want to keep my position for as long as I can,” said Autti. “My main goal this season is to continue to ride the TTR World Snowboard Tour and be at the top.”
Current Women’s TTR tour leader, 16-year-old Jamie Anderson (USA), proved her all-round snowboard talent in both Superpipe and Quarterpipe Finals to not only maintain her TTR World No.1 position, but increase her ranking margin by a whopping 325 points. Victorious in the Quarterpipe, Anderson’s 13th place in the halfpipe did no damage to her standing as she now boasts six TTR format results and a hefty lead. Reigning TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion, Cheryl Maas (NED), dramatically climbs to the TTR World No.2 spot, definitely hot on Anderson’s heels, whilst up-coming national rider Sina Candrian (SUI) stylishly claimed the O’Neill Evolution Superpipe title to ascend to the TTR World No.3 position.
O’Neill Evolution 07 QUARTERPIPE Top 3 Results
1. Nicolas Mueller (SUI) BURTON, ARCUS, NOKIA
2. Antti Autti (FIN) BILLABONG, FLOW
3. Kevin Pearce (USA) BURTON
1. Jamie Anderson (USA) SALOMON, GRENADE, BILLABONG
2. Lisa FILZMOSER (AUT) ELAN
3. Kjersti Buaas (NOR) BURTON, ROXY
O’Neill Evolution 07 SUPERPIPE Top 3 Results
1. Antti Autti (FIN) BILLABONG, FLOW
2. Iouri PODLADTCHIKOV (RUS) SANTA CRUZ
3. Markku Koski (FIN) QUIKSILVER, 32, LIBTECH
1. Sina CANDRIAN (SUI) BURTON
2. Sophie RODRIGUEZ (FRA) NIKE
3. Manuela Laura PESKO (SUI) FTWO