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Japan Beckons Riders For Five(5)Star Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open


Fukushima, Japan – February 23, 2008: The Swatch TTR FIVE(5)STAR Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open is set to rock Japan from February 26th to March 2nd 2008 at the Alts Bandai resort in Fukushima. Some of the worlds best snowboarders including Antti Autti, Jamie Anderson, and Torah Bright will be making the long trip to compete in Halfpipe and Slopestyle formats for two batches of 850 TTR Ranking points and over $125 000 USD in prize money. While the TTR points distribution may not be as high as a SIX(6)STAR event, the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open still provides riders with a much needed boost. The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour will see the next ranking update after the Slopestyle competition which is immediately followed by a Superpipe show down the following day.The womens field will see the most change in Japan as the current TTR TOP 4 female riders fight with slopestyle skills to become the new TTR World No. 1, even if just for a day. Thats right – current Tour leader Jamie Anderson (USA), Kelly Clark (USA) who finished 2nd in last years Nippon Open Slopestyle, 06/07 TTR Tour Champion Torah Bright (AUS) and SIX(6)STAR Burton European Open Slopestyle No. 2 Jenny Jones (GBR) all have opportunities to take Tour Lead following the slopestyle battle. This will set things up for an enthralling Superpipe competition as the women once again compete for vital ranking points in the chase to be Tour Champion. Other female riders will still be looking to move up in the TTR rankings as well. Swiss rider Sina Candrian could move up into the TTR Top 5 with Claudia Fliri (AUT) who finished 3rd in the Slopestyle at the recent SIX(6)STAR Roxy Chicken Jam in Kaprun, seeking out a spot in the TTR Top 10.The mens field will see lots of movers and shakers in the lower rankings. TTR World No. 15 Antti Autti from Finland, TTR World No. 7 Iouri Podladtchikov from Switzerland and TTR World No. 18 Mikkel Bang from Norway will all be after Swatch TTR World No. 7 at the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open Slopestyle. Takaharu Nakai from Japan, will be after TTR World No. 33 whilst Fumiyuki Murakami, also from Japan, will be competing for a spot in the TTR Top 50 as Janne Korpi (FIN), who finished 5th in the Slopestyle of last years Nippon Open, eyes a spot in the TTR Top 15.Current TTR World No. 3 Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) will maintain his current tour position after the Slopestyle. But things will come down to the FIVE(5)STAR Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open Superpipe throw down where we could see some bigger changes in the rankings. The Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open is sure to be an event of mega proportions as many of the best TTR riders clash and compete for Japanese glory and inch one step closer to the $250 000 end-of-season Swatch TTR Tour Prize purse. The Nippon Open is one of Japans most popular snowboarding events, drawing over 40,000 spectators from around the world and features coverage by the TXN network and ESPN. International viewers however, can catch live webcasts of the semi-finals and finals at Stay tuned to for more updates. Seeded Riders For Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open: Men:Antti Autti SS/HP FINAtsushi Ishikawa SS JPNCharles Reid SS/HP CANDaisuke Murakami HP JPNDome Narita HP JPNFumiyuki Murakami SP JPNJanne Korpi SS/HP FINIouri Podladtchikov SS/HP SUIKazuhiro Kokubo SS/HP JPNKazuumi Fuijita HP JPNKeiji Okamoto SP JPNKeir Dillon HP USAKeito Kumazaki HP JPNKiichiro Kazumi SS JPNKodai Watanabe HP JPNKohei Kudo HP JPNMasaaki Hagiwara SS JPNMikkel Bang SS NORMutsuo Yamaguchi SS JPNNick Hyne SS NZEPeetu Piiroinen SS FINRikuya Narita HP JPNRyo Aono HP JPNRyuta Saito HP JPNShota Suzuki SS JPNTadashi Fuse SS JPNTakaharu Nakai SS/HP JPNTakahiro Ishihara HP JPNTakayuki Nishizawa HP JPNTeddy Koo SS JPNTomoyoa Fujina HP JPNWomen:Akiko Miwa HP JPNClair Bidez HP USAClaudia Fliri SS AUTEmily Thomas SS AUSGretchen Bleiler SS/HP USAIzumi Amaike SS JPNJamie Anderson SS/HP USAJenny Jones SS GBRKelly Clark SS/HP USAManuela Laura Pesko HP SUIMasako Takehashi HP JPNTina Ramholt SP SUIShiho Nakashima HP JPNSina Candrian SS/HP SUISoko Yamaoka HP JPNTania Detomas SS ITATorah Bright SS/HP AUSYayoi Tamura HP JPN