After solely awarding Overall Tour titles in previous seasons, the TTR introduced extra, discipline-specific crowns to be won on this year’s contest circuit and, following the conclusion of the US Open, they’ve been decided for the 2011/12 tour. Take a bow, Seppe Smits, Seb Toutant, Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, Iouri Podladtchikov, Cilka Sadar and Ståle Sandbech.
Seppe Smits was the first to nab a TTR title, his second place at the Billabong Air&Style enough to take an unassailable lead in the Big Air tour stakes. As the 6-Star pipe and slopestyle contests rolled on a little longer than the single jump events, we had to wait a while longer for the rest to be determined but with the US Open now a wrap the points have been tallied and the winners announced.
SEPPE – CROWNED AT AIR&STYLE
The women’s slopestyle, unsurprisingly, went to Jamie Anderson who’s domination of the discipline is pretty much unprecedented. Sure, Spencer O’Brien knocked her off her perch at the World Snowboarding Championships but that was the exception rather than the rule. She came first at ever major slope event this season bar that and as well as being as tech as it gets the girl’s style is just something else. Seriously, there’s a lot of dudes who’d kill to be able to ride so smooth.
ANDERSON – BEO 1ST
Another girl who’s on her own level is Kelly Clark and, despite having her incredible winning streak ended at the US Open by Elena Hight, her second place coupled with a list of firsts longer than your arm were enough to take the TTR pipe title.
CLARK – BEO 1ST
In men’s slopestyle the inaugural crown went to Canadian cowboy Seb Toutant whose hyper hucking in Stratton netted enough points to just edge out Chas Guldemond, while the halfpipe title was bound for Switzerland as despite not having the best of times at the US Open, Iouri Podladtchikov owned the recent BEO and showed consistency throughout the year that guaranteed another bit of bling will sit in the cabinet nicely next to his WSC pipe trophy.
TOUTANT – US OPEN 1ST
IPOD – WSC PIPE 1ST
The overall title went to Ståle Sandbech for the guys and Cilka Sadar for the girls, and rewarded them both for ripping as hard in the pipe as they do on the jumps. This, for us, would be the true crown – the glory going to riders who’ve held it down the hardest, no matter the terrain, throughout the whole tour – but the fact is that as the level of riding has skyrocketed, so has the focus of the riders on specific areas of snowboarding. Adapt or die, we guess.
SANDBECH – AIR&STYLE 3RD
The 2012/2013 season which officially begins with the Quiksilver Spring Battle taking place March 28th to 30th, 2012.