|ANTOINE TRUCHON STRENGTHENS HIS WORLD NUMBER ONE RANKING AT THE FINAL OF STYLEWARS, THE AUSTRALIAN SLOPESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPSPresented by Carlton Dry, Burton Snowboards and Falls Creek
Today at Stylewars, the Australian Slopestyle Championships, Antoine Truchon (CAN) showed the world why he is currently ranked the world’s number one slopestyle rider.
Stylewars, part of the prestigious World Snowboard Tour, enables riders from around the world to compete on tour to score points towards an overall world ranking.
This afternoon – on the final day of the two-day slopestyle competition – Antoine threw down a switch backside rodeo 540 to frontside 900 into a switch back 1080 double cork to switch 50/50 to cab 270 on the down, taking first place and prize money of AUD$6000.
Antoine snatched the Stylewars Grandmaster crown from last year’s winner Tor Lundstrom (SWE) who ended up placing third, despite being a favourite to win after ranking highest yesterday after day one of competition.
Giom Morriset, Head Judge and former US Open Halfpipe Champion, was thrilled to see riders throw down their best tricks battle it out on Falls Creeks’ phenomenal park set up. He reported, “Today we saw a switch in the scoreboard from Tor yesterday to Antoine today, who won by showing an incredible variety of tricks and skills. The level of competition, on the whole, definitely stepped up from the previous day.”
Antoine, the new 2012 Grandmaster said, “I’m pretty stoked to be here at Stylewars this year, not just because of winning but because I’m here shredding with friends and enjoying the incredible course Falls Creek Australia has been able to give us.”
Second place went to Maxence Parrot (CAN). He improved his performance on day two, cleanly landing a great range of tricks. Yesterday he only had one double cork; today he had two.
Impressed with the standard of snowboarding that was on display, Giom continued to explain, “Today’s Carlton Dry 30 ended up being a one-of-a-kind show, with a few riders putting forward their first attempts at some of the sport’s hardest and highest scoring tricks.” A perfect example, Maxence stole the show with his first attempt at a cab double cork 1080. He says, “I’m so happy about it, I just learned this trick today.”
For the women at Stylewars, Biba Turnbull (AUS) won the most points for day two of competition. But it was Silvia Mittermuller (GER) who ended up placing number one overall, taking home AUD$2000. Her winning run consisted of a backside 360 nosegrab to frontside 360 stalefish into a 50/50 up to noseslide down.
Silvia also won the women’s Carlton Dry 30 best trick with a frontside 720 nosegrab, hot on the heels of Jess Rich (AUS) who also stomped a 720. Thrilled with the event Silvia says, “I’m just blown away by my entire trip to Australia. Stylewars is one of the funnest competitions I’ve ever been to.”
With the close of the slopestyle competition for the event, riders will be out celebrating at Falls Creek Resort tonight. However, the excitement of Stylewars competition doesn’t stop there. Tomorrow night hosts the Stylewars grand finale, 28 Stairs – a rail jam run under lights out the front of the Frying Pan Inn, with AUD$4500 up for grabs. Stay tuned for results.
OVERALL STYLEWARS RESULTS – MEN
1. Antoine Truchon (CAN)
2. Maxence Parrot (CAN)
3. Tor Lundstrom (SWE)
4. Ben Comber (NZL)
5. Nick Brown (NZL)
6. Robbie Walker (AUS)
7. Mathias Weissenbacher (AU)
8. Jordan Phillips (CAN)
9. Andrew Roth (AUS)
10. Jye Kearney (AUS)
OVERALL STYLEWARS RESULTS – WOMEN
1. Silvia Mittermuller (GER)
2. Courtney Phillipson (AUS)
3. Biba Turnbull (AUS)
4. Jess Rich (AUS)
5. Jade McJanett (AUS)