The snow-covered streets of Avoriaz played host to the penultimate day of competition at the TTR 5 Star O’Neill Pro Freestyle 2007 on Thursday, as two progressive City Sessions provided riders with the perfect excuse to get their jib on.
With a total of $5,000 up for grabs over the early afternoon and evening City Sessions, and with plenty of cheering spectators watching from the sidelines, riders wasted little time in throwing themselves down the jib lines in the hope of picking up some cash from the judges. A down box rail followed by a choice of up-rail, curved box rail or double-stacked trashcan jib kept things fresh from start to finish.
Stand-out riders over both Sessions included Norway’s Henning Marthinson and Fredrik Austbo – dubbed “Shredrik" by MC Dave Mailman – as well as Swiss Russian Iouri Podladtchikov and Finland’s Peetu Piiroinen. So what kinds of tricks were being thrown down? Well, Norwegian Kim-Rune Hansen got the crowd pumped with a 270 on 450 off the up-rail, while crowd favorite Dimi de Jong was hucking 50-50 backflip-offs on the curved rail box.
Stealing the show at the death of the 2nd Session, however, was the UK’s Tyler Chorlton. With only a few minutes to go, Chorlton charged towards the stacked trashcan jib before front-flipping over the whole damn thing. His prize? The “Best Trick" award.
As for Friday’s line-up, well it’s action packed to say the least. Semi-finals and finals for both the men’s and women’s Quarterpipe event are on the cards, so make sure you catch the Live Webcast from 3.30pm to see who walks away with the title.
To check out the start list for today’s semi-finals, check: www.oneilleurope.com/profreestyle
For information about all other O’Neill events: www.oneilleurope.com