The Burton European Open 2015 wrapped up yesterday with the legendary halfpipe finals on the Crap Sogn Gion in Laax. The pipe which is 200m long and 23ft in height has been the colosseum for the world’s best to duel it out each year, and 2015 was no exception with riders having the opportunity to lay 7 blows on the icy beast.
Whilst in the slopestyle inclement weather lead to a ‘super-final‘ of 31 riders having 2 chances to lay it all down for the trophy cabinet – the halfpipe qualifications went down on Friday, meaning there were 10 men and 6 women ready to drop in on Sunday.
The visibility wasn’t the greatest, neither was the fresh snow doing any favours for ladies amplitude as they dropped in. Still the ladies still engaged in an aerial dogfight for the coveted precious metals, but it was Kelly Clark that prevailed over challenger Chloe Kim and cemented her place in the BEO history books. Local Swiss rider Nadja Purtschert followed in third with the second podium of her career, no doubt sweeter for the bronze on home turf.
The clouds parted for the men as they stacked up for their attack on the pipe. The qualifications saw many established rider meet their maker on the deck of the Laax pipe, meaning that the finals were a platter of diverse riders from across snowboarding.
Despite Christian Haller and Arthur Longo‘s best efforts to bump the International Space Station with their amplitude, it was home favourite Iouri Podladtchikov that took home the topspot with Ayumu Hirano and David Hablützel settling for silver and bronze respectively.