Living up to its reputation, the 5Star Burn River Jump gathered a crowd of 2000 energetic fans to support the international line up of riders jumping over the Spoel river at the night time Grand Finale in Livigno, Italy. During the 22nd and 25th of February, 2011 this elite Italian snowboard competition ran two formats; slopestyle and big air. The event kicked off with the Burn slopestyle contest in the Swatch Mottolino Snowpark. The ten best scoring riders from the slopestyle competition received invites to compete in the night-time big air competition along with the invited riders and wildcards. Due to high winds, the format had to be changed into a 4Star final and it was Norwegian Aleksander Ostreng who made his way from the qualifications to the finals and stomped his winning run in front of the cheering crowds. Both winners took home part of the $50 000 USD prize purse and valuable Swatch TTR Tour World Ranking points. Perfectly Shaped Slopestyle Course Saw Top Level RidingSunny conditions prevailed most of the Thursday in the Swatch Mottolino Snowpark, where the riders hit the well-groomed slopestyle course consisting of a jib section and two large kickers and a massive gap jump. In the end, it was the Norwegian Ulrik Badertscher, who took the win with a backside 1080, a stylish double backside rodeo and a huge cab 1080. In a close second came the Swiss rookie talent Patrick Burgener and in third place was young-gun Jamie Nicholls from the UK. With his result from the slopestyle contest Eric Willet moved up into the TTR Top 10, I am going to the US Open next and I’m stoked to be in TTR No. 9 at the moment. I will take that into the US Open and see if I can do better. High Winds at the Big Air Final Saw a New Fun Format EmergeDue to high winds that came in during the first qualification round the organizers made the decision to close the big air, and re-run the qualifications using only the burn river jump and the end jib section. Due to the significant course change the format was changed to a 4Star TTR status. 16 riders battled it out for a place in the four-man super final. The nail biting two-run knock out super final saw Norwegian duo Alexander Ostreng and Ulrik Badertscher, who both had made their way all the way from the qualifying rounds, go head to head, while Jamie Nicholls and Eric Willet battled each other. In the end it was Alexander and Eric who made it through to the final round. Alexander nailed his first run, which included a huge backside 900 over the river and a switch front lipslide 270 out in the jib section, knocking out Erics top run consisting of a switch backside 900 and stylish boardslide. Ulrik took third place leaving rail extraordinaire Jamie in fourth. Jamie bagged the additional Burn Jib Master award for his rail trickery. With two solid placements Ulrik Badertscher leaped up in the Swatch TTR ranking and now sits in World No. 14, while Jamie jumped into World No. 28 and Aleksander into World No. 25.Only a Couple of Weeks left till the Swatch TTR Tour Champions 2010/11 Are CrownedWith the 5Star Burn River Jump wrapped up and only one more 5Star event on the calendar, the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth Lakes, USA, the heat is on for riders to secure top spots in the Swatch TTR World Ranking. In the womens ranking Kelly Clark has the opportunity to nab the top spot from the current tour leader, fellow American, Jamie Anderson, while on the mens side Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) has remarkably repeated his last year’s performance and taken an unassailable lead confirming a third TTR Tour Champ title. The rest of the mens Top 5 spots are up for grabs which will earn riders a piece of the $200 000 prize purse.