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Japanese Riders Hold Back International Invasion At Alts Bandai


Patches of fog and occasional rain were not enough to dampen the spirits of the 100 men who came out to battle their way through the pre-qualification and qualifier rounds in the halfpipe today. With the help of the amazing park crew at ALTS, the pipe held up to literally hundreds of runs through multiple practice sessions and two rounds of competition.As in the slopestyle yesterday, a strong field of international riders took to the pipe to secure spots in the semi-finals later this week. The 100 riders were quickly cut down to 40, who then had a short break for some pipe maintenance before getting in some more practice for the qualifying round. The rain stopped and the visibility got better just in time for the judges to witness the best riding of the day go down.After two runs, it was Kodai Watanabe of Japan who landed in the top spot, with a run that started off with a huge crail grab into a McTwist, a Frontside 720 Indy Grab, a Cab 720 Indy Grab and ended with a Frontside 540 Melon Grab. Plenty of Japanese, Finnish, and American riders rounded out the top qualifiers who will meet up with the invited riders in the semi finals this Friday.If you cant make it to Japan, you can watch the semi-finals and finals live on, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event is over. For more information on the Burton Global Open Series head to For more information on TTR, visit Media Contact: Koji Snowboards Japanp:+81(3)5738.2583 Rank BIB Last Name First Name Nat Sponsor Overall1 300 Watanabe Kodai JPN BURTON 81.502 243 Hosokawa Kosuke JPN KISSMARK 76.003 210 Laari Ilkka-Eemeli FIN BURTON 73.504 185 Thompson Jeremy USA FLOW 70.675 266 Hirano Eiju JPN BURTON 70.336 241 Sato Shuhei JPN GRAY 69.337 233 Waki Sunao JPN HOME GROW 67.508 209 Piiroinen Petja FIN BILLABONG 63.679 189 Ishizaki Tasuku JPN CAPITA 63.3310 236 Yoshida Masakaze JPN KISSMARK 63.0011 232 Bidez Dylan USA FLOW 61.8312 267 Hirano Ayumu JPN BURTON 61.6713 307 Saiki Yuya JPN BURTON 61.0014 269 Sasaki Shota JPN DC 58.0015 207 Lipsanen Janne FIN RIPCURL 57.0016 206 Tonteri Roope FIN BURTON 56.3317 237 Tsutsumi Shoto JPN YONEX 56.0018 134 Humphreys Tim USA FLOW 55.83