It was a perfect night under the lights for the 5Star Burton Canadian Open halfpipe finals in Calgary, Alberta and riders put on a great show for the Canadian crowd. At the end of the night, it was Japanese rider, Ryo Aono, for the men and Spanish rider, Queralt Castellet, for the women who had the edge over the rest of the field to come out victorious. Both will be going home $10,000 USD richer for the top performances of the night.
The riders could not have asked for better weather at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary and Ryo Aono put on an excellent display of his strong pipe skills. He threw down a great run made up of a Cab 1080, frontside 540, backside 900, frontside 1080 and ended with a Cab 720. Markus Malin (FIN) came in second place and Janne Korpi (FIN) ended the night in third.
Queralt Castellet has been making a name for herself over the past two seasons on the TTR World Tour and took down the win on her first run with a frontside 900, backside 540, frontside 540, backside air and a frontside 1080. Gretchen Bleiler (USA) took the second place spot and Ellery Hollingsworth (USA) claimed the last spot on the podium finishing in third.
Ryo and Queralt both moved into the World No. 1 positions on the TTR Halfpipe World Tour Ranking lists after taking their victories here at the Canadian Open.
With pipe finals wrapped up, all attention now shifts to the slopestyle finals which will close out the 2012 edition of the Burton Canadian Open. And, with a stacked list of talented riders ready to drop in, the slopestyle competition is set to be a battle to the finish.
For further information or watch the slopestyle live: opensnowboarding.com