[15-year-old Hiroaki Kunitake blitzed into first place. All photos: Miguel Rubio]
The Grandvalira Andorran ski resort has become the epicenter of freestyle snowboarding this weekend with the arrival of the 13th edition of Grandvalira Total Fight, a maximum category event within the World Snowboard Tour circuit.
Riders from the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain and Andorra have presented their credentials to fight for victory in El Tarter Slopestyle, Andorra. Alongside the men’s competition, for the first time this year’s event crowned a women’s winner too.
On Sunday, March 26, a perfect bluebird day welcomed Grandvalira Total Fight in unbeatable climatic conditions, clear sky and ideal temperature to keep the hits in perfect condition; also thanks to the exquisite work of the shapers of Grandvalira and that has been applauded by the riders.
The technical team of Grandvalira prepared a Slopestyle circuit composed of 6 obstacles, in this order: the first, a transfer to Rails Double Kink and Brighton. The second, multi options container with Wallride, Rail Gap to Step Up Step down and railing. The third one, Gap to rail with option of Quarter Butter Box and Rail Donkey Tail in descent. The fourth, a 21 meter flat kicker. The fifth, one of 18 meters flat. The sixth and final, another 18 meter flat kicker.
After the free practice, the females would open the competition and where in the qualifying session they would fight to sneak among the 4 best that would happen to the grand finale. With the two qualifying rounds remaining, the best score in this session would be for the Dutch Cheryl Maas, with a very complete second round. They would accompany it to the grand finale and by this order of classification: the Japanese Yuka Fujimori, the Canadians Brooke Voigt and Laurie Blouin.