Beijing, CHINA (January 7th, 2012) – As Beijing was hit by a similar snow-storm that’s rocking Europe, China’s top snowboarders still came through to the Nike Nanshan Park for the 2Star 10th Red Bull Nanshan Open National Qualifier. A 2Star TTR slopestyle event, the qualifier determined which locally based riders can compete in the 5Star 10th Red Bull Nanshan Open with the international pros next weekend.
With only the best run out of three counting, riders were judged on three sections – two kicker options and a jib selection to finish. Fresh from a solid season in New Zealand, it was Andrew Wang who took first-place honors based on his highest-scoring first run of the day. Dropping in switch, a smooth cab540 on the first kicker followed by a late bs360 on the second kicker impressed the crowd, while a flawless jib section consisting of a boardslide-270 off on the raised pipe and a 50-50-fs360 off on the rail earned top points from the judges while putting an extra US$1,000 into Andrew’s pocket!
American rider Nate Jones wasn’t far behind, improving throughout the day with his highest-scoring final run of a cab720, a tweaked out switch-bs180 japan on the kickers, while a fs180 bonk on the barrel and a switch fs5050-270off on the wallride put him in second place with $600 prize money. Parkshaper Liuli finished third in his homepark with a big fs540 and switch bs180 on the kickers, while Zhang Wei took fourth with a fs720 over the first kicker and bs180 on the second. The winner of last year’s qualifier Xiao Guo also earned his spot in next weekend’s big event with a huge fs360 and a corked bs540 on the kicker line. Andrew, Nate and Liuli’s winnings were complimented by a limited edition Nanshan Open watch courtesy of Nixon.
With the 10th Red Bull Nanshan Open riders list now complete, riders will be spending the next week practicing hard as the international pros arrive for the January 14th and 15th 5Star 10th Red Bull Nanshan Open event.
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10th Red Bull Nanshan Open National Riders:
2. Nate Jones (USA) / Smokin’, 686, Thirtytwo / $600, 188.46 TTR pts, ltd Nixon watch
3. Liu Li (CHN) / Nike, Union, Skullcandy / $300, 180 TTR pts, ltd Nixon watch
4. Zhang Wei (CHN) / VE, Nike, IS Design / $100
6. Li Penghuan (CHN) / Flow, Thirtytwo / $100