When: Wed 2nd of January 2008
Where: Davos, Switzerland
Davos, January 2, 2008 – Based on the incredible quality of the superpipe qualification rounds, a spectacular semi final looks in store for Friday evening of the O’Neill Evolution.
It was the Tahitian, Gary Zebrowski, now resident in Briancon, France, who stole the show with the highest score of the qualification rounds with a total of 162 out of a possible 200 points.
The first qualification heat was won by Swiss rider, Mario Kappeli with a total of 156 points. But also putting on impressive displays were the 15 year old Kiwi rider, Ben Stewart, as well as Englishman Dan Wakeham in second and third place respectively.
The second heat saw O’Neill rider, Stefano Munari storm into the semi final.
“It’s my first time here. I can’t believe it," he said of finishing his heat in third place to reach the superpipe semi finals. “It felt good – although I landed a frontside 180 on my face! The first two runs I was a bit nervous, but on the third I made it. Hopefully I can now make it to the finals."
Joining him in the finals will be fellow O’Neill rider and Swiss legend Gian Simmen who qualified 4th in the same heat which was won by Finnish rider, Peetu Piiroinen.
The third round – which was dominated by the high scoring second run of Gary Zebrowski – also saw Italian Manuel Pietropoli finish in second and Norwegian Tore Holvik finish third.
The top five riders from each heat qualify for the semi finals. The remaining place is awarded to the highest scoring sixth place rider out of the three heats. This evening that was Swiss rider Therry Brunner who qualified 6th in the first heat with 137 points.
14 year old Dutch sensation Dimi De Jong didn’t make the final but put on an incredibly impressive display. “I felt that I did better than yesterday. I did bigger tricks – like a frontside 900. I will be back again for this next year, but for now I am looking forward to the quarterpipe."
The quarterpipe qualification rounds start tomorrow (January 3rd 2008) from 17.30 where again 120 qualifiers will be giving it their all to make the final 16 in the semifinals.
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