2016 has come to an end and we take a look at what went down on the World Snowboard Tour so far.
The riders started their season down under at the Mile High, the Thredbo Slopestyle and the Cardrona Games. The Mile High attracted an impressive number of riders. 76 men and 29 women showed up to collect valuable Slopestyle WSPL points. Sven Thorgren and Hailey Langland landed the best runs of the day and took home the winners checks at Perisher Resort in Australia.
November was all about the Big Airs
From Australia and New Zealand the big air riders traveled towards Europe and on their way competed at the Air & Style in Beijing and the World Cup Alpensia in South Korea. In Europe the World Cup in Milan and the World Cup in Mönchengladbach led to changes on the Big Air WSPL ranking. Anna Gasser dominated all 3 World Cups and secured the top spot on the Big Air WSPL, for now. Marcus Kleveland took the top spots in Beijing and in Milano and moved up to 2nd place on the Big Air WSPL ranking, behind Sebastien Toutant.
McMorris and Anderson lead Slopestyle ranking
Mark McMorris and Jamie Anderson were leading the Slopestyle WSPL before going into Dew Tour and made sure to show that they deserve the 1st place. Mark took the top spot and 1000 WSPL points at Men’s Slopestyle. Jamie ruled the jib section. Due to heavy winds and snow coming in though, the Ladies Jump section was cancelled and no Women WSPL points could be awarded for Dew Tour SS Ladies.
December sees first Halfpipe event
The Toyota U.S. Grand Prix of Snowboarding in Copper Mountain brought together the top riders for the season’s first international Halfpipe event and Big Air competition. The U.S. Grand Prix is a FIS World Cup and also is an accredited event on the World Snowboard Tour platform, which means competitors at this event earned valuable WSPL points.
With her Halfpipe win, Chloe Kim defended her number 1 spot while men’s winner Pat Burgener moved up to 3rd place on the Halfpipe WSPL.
Anderson and Parrot move up on Big Air WSPL.
Max Parrot and Jamie Anderson left Copper Mountain as the winners of the Big Air event. As a result Jamie Anderson moved to 3rd place and Max Parrot to 3rd place on the Big Air WSPL ranking.
Event accreditation deadline approaching
Events have to be WST accredited from January 1st, 2017 onward in order to be included on the WSPLs! To sign up click here: www.worldsnowboardtour.com/event-registration
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