6Star Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing – Wrap Up
Beijing, the capital city of China and home to over 20 million people played host to 24 of the planet’s best freestyle snowboarders at this year’s OakleyShaun White Air&Style. This is the first top ranked six star event of the season. Just three years after making it on to the scene, Beijing is already an iconic stop on the World Snowboard Tour.
This year’s Air&Style was the „crusher“ of favorites.
Current World Tour Big Air Champion, Seppe Smits stomped his Backside Double Cork 1080 Nosegrab in round one but couldn’t pass round 2.
Seb Toots, winner in 2010, made it through round 1 with an almost perfect Backside Double Cork 1080 Mute, but faced highly motivated Roope Tonteri in the second round.
With a 7th place finish, Roope secured his lead in the Big Air and Overall Ranking of the World Snowboard Tour.
Another favorite bites the dust. Marc McMorris, smoothed his way through Round 1 and 2, but when facing Matthias Weissenbacher in Round 3, he struggled on the landing of his Backside Triple Cork 1440 Mute.
The door was wide open for 16 year old japanese rider Yuki Kadono, but only the performance of a lifetime would see him on the podium. With variation and style he marched through the early rounds and with his jaw dropping Backside Double Cork 1260 Mute in round 3 he managed to enter the superfinal. With one last run to go Yuki threw a huge Backside Triple Cork 1440 mute, winning the contest and making him the youngest Air&Style winner ever – a record previously held by snowboarding wunderkind Shaun White.
The Swatch TTR World Tour is running full steam ahead with the 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge right around the corner. The legendary event, taking place in Oslo, Norway, will feature a progressive slopestyle course for both men and women, starting off with qualifications on February 17th and featuring the finals on Saturday February 19th 2011. As always, the rider list is stacked full of talented riders who will be competing for a share of the $100,000 USD prize purse and a maximum of 1000 TTR World Ranking points. The male and female winners from The Oakley Arctic Challenge will also receive automatic qualification into next year's inaugural World Snowboarding Championships, which will go down next February, 2012 in Oslo.
Backside 1440 Mute
Stale's third-place-run at the Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing 2012. We're bringing you the latest snowboard runs from the 6Star Big Air event in Beijing, China. Stay tuned for all runs from the first round up to the finals.
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