Perisher Blue, Australia: The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour is marking the end of its southern-hemisphere stretch with world class action at the 5Star Burton Australian Snowboarding Championships. From September 1st to 5th, 2008, Perisher Blue resort in Australia will host some of the biggest names around, including current Tour Leaders, Chas Guldemond and Jamie Anderson, set to lay it all on the line in both slope and pipe for 850 TTR ranking points and $50 000 USD in prize money.
While US riders Guldemond and Anderson have a already begun to break away from the pack, setting a strong foundation of excellent early season results, both riders will certainly be feeling the pressure down under as the onslaught of fierce competition begins its never ending attack. Based on Guldemond’s track record so far, one that includes already five results and two podiums, the race for Tour Lead is sure to be close.
Further down in the rankings, some of the best riders in the world will be seeking to solidify their place in the Men’s Top 10 in Australia, including current World No. 2 Kanne Korpi (FIN), current World No. 3 Charles Reid (CAN), Mikkel Bang (NOR), Markus Malin (FIN), Torstein Horgmo (NOR). Current World No. 4 James Hamilton from New Zealand who had been in the Tour lead after the 3Star Billabong Snow Stock and will surely try his best stay in the top of the rankings.
The Women’s TTR Top 5 is also set to see some big changes as reigning women’s TTR Tour Champion Jamie Anderson attempts to hold off World No. 2 Sina Candrian (SUI) and World No. 3 Ellery Hollingsworth (USA). Anderson, who is considered one of the best Slopestyle riders in the world, has proven her recently amped up pipe skills, edging out famed pip rider Kelly Clark (USA) in Burton New Zealand Open Pipe finals a few weeks ago. Australia provides the perfect backdrop for Anderson to further extend her Tour lead and once again demolish her competitors in both pipe and slope.
But things won’t be so easy this time as 06/07 TTR Tour Champion and Australian local Torah Bright returns to the circuit scene, ready to once again take on the best of the best and eager for the sweet taste of victory. Bright will be joined by Cheryl Maas (NED) and Hannah Teter (USA) who are also expected to put forth valiant efforts.
The Swatch TTR 5Star Burton Australian Open Snowboarding Championships are available for live viewing on www.go211.com. Watch the competition live all week long as your favorite pros battle it out down under at the final southern-hemisphere event of the Swatch TTR World Tour.