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Ville Uotila Wins 4Star Grandvalira Total Fight For The Second Time


Once again the heat was on in the El Tarter snowpark for the 6th edition of the now legendary Grandvalira Total Fight Masters of Freestyle. Under bright blue skies, Finnish rider Ville Uotila pulled off his fantastic victory with a Switch backside double Cork 12 in his last round in the big air line, making him this years master of the fight. Over the course of two days, some of the most important international riders from countries such as Finland, Spain, Andorra, France, Sweden and Austria dominated the slopestyle with an astounding display of style and double corks. Enric Bonvehi, head of the Coliflor Freestyle team of shapers and organiser of the event, said he was stoked with the level of riding, the enthusiasm of the crowds who came to support the athletes and the good atmosphere that reigned during the event. Uotila was accompanied on the podium by Ulrik Badertscher in second place, Victor De Le Rue in third place and Kim Rune Hansen in fourth place. Fantastic atmosphere:Being an end of season competition, the Grandvalira Total Fight Masters of freestyle generally enjoys wonderful weather, and this year was no exception, spring was clearly in the air today as the sun shone down on the El Tarter snowpark bringing with it the occasional sunburn. The good mood that reigned during the event was heightened by the awesome level of riding throughout the day; the crowd couldnt help but feel utterly engrossed by each riders line, and the shouts, whistles and cheers were testimony to the good atmosphere that prevailed all day. Amazing Park, amazing tricks:In the last few weeks, the Coliflor Freestyle team of shapers have been working day and night to create the most spectacular lines the El Tarter park has ever seen. For this years competition, Riders had a choice of three varied lines; the first line consisted of two jumps followed by a roller and finished by a step up step down kicker which included a box rail. For those true lovers of rails, the second line started with a 20 step rail, followed by two 15 metre jumps and finished off with the step up step down. The third and by far most popular line, started with a 20 metre big air, which gave riders plenty of time and pop to pull off their most impressive tricks. This line was finished by a gap to transfer and the step up step down. Most of the public and riders agreed that the level of riding this year was by far the most impressive, double cork 12s, backside 900s, halfcab 540s, all in a days work for the participating athletes. A Finnish victory once again and over 25000 euros in prizesVille Uotila described his third victory as amazing but his biggest achievement was pulling off the Switch backside double Cork 12, a trick hed never tried before and which he landed to perfection, landing that trick made this Total Fight for me he said. In fact, Uotila was heading for second place behind fellow Scandinavian Ulrik Badertscher before he decided to try the trick that won the competition. Uotila once again won the hearts of both the judges and the public with his fine riding and big tricks. His first round shone thanks to an ollie to front 360 on the butter box followed by a backside 900 on his second run, accompanied of course by whistles of encouragement from the public. At this point, however, the competition was still very tight between Badertscher, Delerue and Uotila, with all three riders really going for it and pushing their riding to the highest level. As the competition was nearing its conclusion, Uotila confidently approached the Big Air and glided through his Switch backside double Cork 12, landing perfectly and sealing his victory for the third consecutive year. The Atomic rider is ranked 17th on the SWATCH TTR world ranking, and came to Grandvalira after a tenth position in the TTR 6 star Artic Challenge which takes place in Norway. This year, the winners of the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle share a massive total of 25 000 euros between them. Action packed apr