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New Tour Leaders After Slopestyle In Swatch TTR Season Opener


Pristine blue skies and tough snow conditions marked the completion of the first Slopestyle competition of the 09/10 Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour at todays 5Star Burton New Zealand Open. US rider and former 07/08 Swatch TTR World Champion Jamie Anderson along with Canadian shredder Sebastien Toutant managed to blow by a dense field of seasoned pros to claim their Slopestyle titles, 850 ranking points and spots on top of the TTR leader boards going into tomorrows Halfpipe competition. The semi-finals began early in the day with 16 women vying for 8 spots in the finals. New Zealand local Shelly Gotlieb set herself up well in the semis, qualifying first ahead of favourites such as Jamie Anderson, Sarka Pancochova (CZE) and Janna Weatherby (USA). Gotlieb certainly seemed the one to beat, however, once finals hit, Gotlieb couldnt keep up with Andersons consistency and flow. Jamie Anderson pressed hard on her first and seconds runs, her winning line including a Street Style Tailslide, 5on-To-Fakie on the box, Switch Backside 360, Cab 540 Melon, Frontside 360 Melon and a strong performance on the lower rails and boxes. Her win is an echo of her Southern hemisphere dominance in the 08/09 season and Jamie was definitely happy with her result, It was fun! Beautiful day, we totally lucked out with the weather, the course was good, people were good, pretty much stoked! I always love coming to the southern hemisphere, definitely good to get a head start on the season. Im going to do pipe tomorrow and see how everything goes.Second place went to Janna Weatherby who found it difficult to collect her tricks into one solid run until her final attempt. Gotlieb was still able to secure third place. Silvia MittermEller (GER) who finished in 5th place moves into world no. 2 on the TTR rankings followed by Lisa Wiik (NOR) in world no. 3 and Sarka Pancochova in world no. 4.In the mens competition, Canadians Sebastian Toutant and Charles Reid made early claims of their intentions in New Zealand with strong semi-final runs, qualifying first and second, with Toutant still managing to save some heat for the finals. As a massive 42 man contingent fell to just 16, finding the perfect speed for both the upper and lower rails and each successively larger kicker played an important role in determining the podium. Sebastian Toutant, who won his first Burton Global Open Series title in New Zealand, posted his best score with his first run that included a Backside 270 and 50/50 Backside 360 on the rails, a Backside Rodeo 540 Indy, Cab 900 Stale, Backside 1080 Doublecork Melon, and a massive performance on the lower rail section. Torstein Horgmo of Norway who often places high in Southern Hemisphere events, had difficulties with his first two runs, but came closest to knocking down Toutant finishing second with his final run. US rider Eric Willet placed 3rd. Horgmo moves into world no. 3 on the Swatch TTR rankings followed by Tim Humphreys (USA) in world no. 4, and Charles Reid (CAN) in world no. 5. With the Slopestyle format now complete, the Swatch TTR 5Star Burton New Zealand Open continues the action with tomorrows Halfpipe competition. Tomorrows contest guarantees some big ranking changes, possible new TTR Tour leaders and the first major Halfpipe event of 09/10.For tomorrows live webcast head on over to or, where youll also find full ranking lists, and the latests news, blogs and video highlights from New Zealand.