Following on from the Juniors, the BEO continued with Halfpipe Pre-Qualifications for the duders.
Good weather and an as-always immaculately shaped pipe on the Crap Sogn Gion meant the set-up was perfect for the 100 men to drop in and fight for their right to get one of the 40 spots in Thursday's qualifying round in a headlock.
Standout rider of the day was Finnish rookie Ilkka-Eemeli Laari who looks to have continued his strong run of form that saw him double corking all over the place at last week's O'Neill Evolution, and he duly posted the highest score of the day with a 96.33. Will he be able to maintain this level of riding and cause any bruised egos? We'll have to wait and see.
The Norwegians also looked on fire with Tore Holvik and Per Ivar Grimsrud both taking out their heats in style, while Session II, Heat 1 saw a British one-two as Ben Kilner and Dan Wakeham got through.
The riders were split into four heats and had two runs each, with the best one counting. The top 5 riders from each heat plus the next 20 highest scored riders from all four heats advanced to the Qualifiers.
Today, the ladies will have their chance to get into this year’s BEO as the Men’s and Women’s slopestyle qualifications are underway.
Halfpipe Pre-Qualification Men Session I, Heat 1
1. Holvik Tore NOR SWEET 95.33 2. Berger Sergio SUI QUIKSILVER 88.00 3. Ciancaleoni Giorgio ITA BURTON 82.67 4. Harada Naoki JPN ALLIAN 80.67 5. Hosokawa Kosuke JPN KISSMARK 78.33 6. Fassnacht Fabian SUI O ́NEILL 75.00 7. Oliver Chad USA 64.33 8. Schattschneider Clemens AUT RIDE 59.33 9. Sasiadek Marek POL GNU 54.33
Halfpipe Pre-Qualification Men Session I, Heat 2
1. Grimsrud Per Iver NOR NITRO 91.00 2. Tevelle Maxence FRA BURTON 87.33 3. Scherrer Jan SUI FORUM 80.33 4. Coray Rafael SUI SANTA CRUZ 76.00 5. Yoshida Masakaze JPN KISSMARK 75.00 6. Kleivdal Morten NOR BILLABONG 73.00 7. Takahashi Motoki JPN SALOMON 70.67 8. Imboden Yannick SUI FLOW 70.00 9. Lahti Joel FIN BILLABONG 69.00 10. O`Connor Seamus USA OAKLEY 66.33 11. Eigensatz Leandro SUI QUIKSILVER 56.33 12. Bilanin Nickolay RUS NIKE6.0 55.00 13. Staub Joel SUI SESSIONS 46.67
Halfpipe Pre-Qualification Men Session II, Heat 1
1. Kilner Ben GBR NIKE6.0 89.67 2. Wakeham Dan GBR GRENADE 72.67 3. Anthamatten Aurel SUI BURTON 70.67 4. Smits Seppe BEL BURTON 64.33 5. Lipsanen Janne FIN RIPCURL 62.33 6. Buri Max SUI OAKLEY 61.33 7. Necas Jan CZE QUIKSILVER 58.67 8. Djité David SUI FORUM 51.67 9. Luggen Levi SUI VOLCOM 50.33
Halfpipe Pre-Qualification Men Session II, Heat 2
1. Laari Ilkka-Eemeli FIN BURTON 96.33 2. Friberg Daniel SUI DC SHOE CO USA 88.00 3. Hoffmann Xaver GER NITRO 85.00 4. Morgan Ethan GER FORUM 75.33 5. Sandbech Stale NOR OAKLEY 67.00 6. Imhof Rafael SUI ELEVEN 62.67 7. Shackleton Jack GBR RIPCURL 59.00 8. Van Straten Rocco NED FLOW 52.67 9. Braaten Gjermund NOR OAKLEY 47.00