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8Th Red Bull Nanshan Open Finalists Announced


With the surrounding hills dusted in snow, the stage was beautifully set as the first day of the 8th Red Bull Nanshan Open came to a close with an incredible days worth of riding!Despite wind conditions forcing the morning runs to be delayed until the afternoon, when they eventually died the riders threw down like there was no tomorrow in the perfectly shaped Quiksilver Nanshan Mellow Park. A big slam on Tobias Karlssons (SWE) third run, however, would cause some serious judge deliberations! Due to uncertainties regarding the severity of the 8th placed riders injuries and whether he could compete the following day, the decision was made to allow the 13th placed rider through on a wildcard. Much to the excitement of the local crowd this would be Chinese rider Wang Lei, who was obviously stoked on this surprise result!David Bertschinger Karg would deservedly qualify first, with an impressive line that left both the judges and crowd cheering for more! The Swiss riders winning run consisted of a huge FS900 tailgrab followed by a switch BS540 melon, a steezy boardslide to FS270 out on the up-cannon finished off with a boardslide to fakie over the top of the wallride. Finnish rider Juuso Laivisto would qualify second, stomping some super smooth back-to-back 720s (BS and FS) and getting technical on the rails with a 360 off the up-cannon. Nick Brown (NZ) secured third with a crowd-pleasing Cab900 nose to FS540 melon, finishing off with a switch BS180 off the up-cannon and FS boardslide on the wallride. Riders to watch tomorrow include Nick Hyne (NZ), stomping an impressive run that included a switch 50-50 to switch BS360 off the up-cannon, Erik Botner (NOR) who was throwing down hard off both the larger kickers and rails and of course last years second place taker Atushi Ishikawa (JAP). Were praying that the wind demons take the day off tomorrow and we cant wait to see whats in store for us in the finals!8th Red Bull Nanshan Open Finalists