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Mikkel Bang & Enni Rukajarvi Win Burton High Fives Slopestyle

17/08/2012

WANAKA, New Zealand (August 17, 2012) The first annual Burton ‘High Fives’ snowboarding competition, presented by MINI, continued today at Snow Park NZ in Wanaka with the exciting Slopestyle Finals. Taking first place and walking away $USD $10,000 richer each, were Burton riders Mikkel Bang (NOR) and Enni Rukajarvi (FIN).

60 of the top snowboarders in the world have experienced a snowboarding event like no other in New Zealand this week as the Burton High Fives combined traditional snowboarding eventswith unique off-snow team challenges. The first two days of the event saw the riders taking part in a variety of Kiwi-influenced challenges including skeet shooting, knife throwing and jet boat racing, just to name a few. The athletes also took to the driving track for the MINI Countryman Winter Driving Challenge where the fastest teams got the advantage of selecting the order for halfpipe and slopestyle.  With the first two days of off-snow team challenges now completed, the action today shifted back toSnow Park NZ and the world-class slopestyle course.

Under sunny skies, the women were first up in the slopestyle finals. The Burton High Fives’ jam format allowed each rider to get four runs, which lead to an exciting competition for the women. Burton’s Enni Rukajarvi’s (FIN) impressive third run scored her an 83.80 with an indy air, boardslide, frontside 3 indy, back 5, cab 5, and stale. Local New Zealand rider Christy Prior felt right at home nailing second place in her final run with 78.20. Her solid run consisted of an ollie, backside lipslide, front 3 tailtap, front rodeo 7, back 3, and backside air. Ty Walker (USA) came in third in her final run with 77.00. She locked in the final podium spot with a run that included a 50/50, lipslide, front 3 tailtap, frontside 3, back 7, and a method.

Burton rider Mikkel Bang (NOR) was the clear standout throughout the men’s competition as he took the lead right off the bat with his first run score of 91.00 – only to top it on his second run with 95.40 points. Mikkel’s winning run started out with a switch backside 1, front 270, back 5, switch back 12, front 10 double, and a backside rodeo 5 stale over the final hip jump.

For the rest of the men’s field it was a matter of catch up, and it all came down to their final runs as top riders leap-frogged each other for the remaining podium spots. Sebastien Toutant (CAN) busted into second place with 94.00 points, courtesy of a back 3, frontblunt sameways 270, front 3 tail, back 10 double, front 10 double, and double back rodeo to finish. Taking third place with 92.00 points was Stale Sandbech (NOR), his run started with a 50/50 front 1 close out, hardways 270, cab 5,front 10, back 14, and alley oop.

Prize money today totalled US $35,000, with the same amount on the table again for tomorrow’s halfpipe finals. While competing for individual results in slopestyle, riders were also representing 12 teams selected earlier in the week for the off-snow challenges. Points from those challenges will be combined with points from today’s slopestyle and tomorrow’s halfpipe rankings, and the top team will walk away with an additional US $10,000 to split between them. The total prize purse of US $80,000 is the largest to date in New Zealand snow sports history.

The Burton High Fives will wrap up tomorrow with the halfpipe finals so be sure to check the live webcast on http://www.worldsnowboardtour.com/events/high-fives-0 starting at 10:15am New Zealand standard time.

The 2012 Burton High Fives is the first event in the Burton Global Event Series and is a 5star event on the World Snowboard Tour. A special thanks to High Five partners MINI, Nokia, Red Bull, Snow Park NZ, Jagermeister, Juice TV, Skinny Mobile, The Edge, Stoke Lager, and Mighty Campervans.

Full Results:

MEN
1. Mikkel Bang
2. Sebastien Toutant
3. Stale Sandbech
4. Sven Thorgren
5. Roope Tonteri
6. Mark McMorris
7. Antoine Truchon
8. Kyle Mack
9. Aleksander Ostreng
10. Michael Ciccarelli
11. Benji Farrow
12. Eric Beauchemin
13. Gjermund Braaten
14. Ulrik Badertscher
15. Stef Zeestraten
16. Emil Ulsletten
17. Fridtjof Tischendorf
18. Cameron Staveley
19. Seamus O`Connor
20. Torgeir Bergrem
21. Roger Kleivdal
22. Jay Walsh
WOMEN
1. Enni Rukajärvi
2. Christy Prior
3. Ty Walker
4. Helene Olafsen
5. Miyabi Onitsuka
6. Anna Gasser
7. Anna Gyarmati
8. Cheryl Maas
9. Breanna Stangeland
10. Stefi Luxton
11. Shelly Gotlieb
12. Silje Norendal
13. Silvia Mittermüller

 

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