The Master of Slopestyle concluded today in Leysin, Switzerland. The 21st edition of the TTR 5Star NESCAFÉ CHAMPS, completed in perfect spring conditions, brought an outstanding lineup of world renown riders vieying for the Master of Slopestyle title.
A massive crowd at the event village revelled in intensity of the riding through out the day right down to the last run of the finals. By claiming the Womens title, Zurich local, Isabel Derungs, forced her way into the Top 3 of the TTR Slopestyle rankings, while Roope Tonteri reinforced his dominance in Slopestyle, taking the title and extending his TTR Tour lead.
The longest running snowboard contest in Europe, the podium at this year’s NESCAFÉ CHAMPS boasted an impressive international spread, refleted by the level of the riders who competed. It was a showpiece for spectators who flocked to Leysin to get a first hand taste of the future Olympic format. The decision was made overnight to complete both Semi-Finals and Finals today to optimise the unique, specially built contest course in the best forecasted weather conditions. The riding level was already intense as Semi-Finals cut the field to 10 men and 6 women into the Super Finals.
Following her third place earlier in the week at the Burton European Open Slopestyle in Laax, Isabel Derungs from Zurich claimed the title in front of British rider, Aimee Fuller, and Switzerland’s Elena Könz. Finland's Roope Tonteri counterpointed his TTR Slopestyle dominance, improving his second placed finish at the Burton European Open this week by taking the Men’s title an increasing his TTR Tour lead. Second placed Austrian, Mathias Weissenbacher pulled down his best career result. Former NESCAFÉ CHAMPS winner, Lucien Koch (SUI), won the prize for his youngest of the best performance.
The three stage qualifying system employed by the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS demonstrated it’s success with Nuutti Niemelä who qualified to the event in Davos in January and finished on the podium with a hard fought third place. Max Buri, from Grindelwald, who qualified last Friday during Open Selections ended fifth today.
The NESCAFÉ CHAMPS formula combining freestyle snowboarding, music and street art has proven highly successful. The competition ended with a festival in the heart of Leysin village, where the ‘Place to Be’ prepares to host the final concert featuring Selah Sue, Fanny Leeb, Elisa Jo and DJ Idem.