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.
Take a look at the amazing 2010 Swatch TTR 6Star O'Neill Evolution Halfpipe snowboarding finals coming straight from Davos, Switzerland. Featuring all the podium action from every angle. See Peetu Piiroinen and Markus Keller throw down two huge runs only for Iouri Podladtchikov to step it up and blow them out of the park with a Crippler, Back 9, Front 10, finished with his amazing Cab 10 Double Cork. Truly a wonder to behold!
Backside Double Cork 1080 Japan
Sage's run in round 3 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.
The 4Star Oakley Stylewars did not only push snowboarding to another level but also had a major impact on the 08/09 Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Rankings with tour veterans, young guns, and south-hemi up and comers all throwing down enormous maneuvers, staking their claims for the title early on. Chas Guldemond (USA), who recently lost the Tour Lead in New Zealand, claimed back the World No. 1 spot. Leading the charge was a man on a mission, last year's grand master Torstein Horgmo (NOR) who was sending massive smooth tricks with rarely a hand out of place. He took out best trick with an insane switch backside 1260 melon deep into the landing of the first jump and climbed 22 positions up the Swatch TTR rankings into World No. 30. The overall winner of the event was Canadian Charles Reid who dominated for the entire three days of the grueling event that included today. With his victory and 500 Swatch TTR ranking points, Charles claims his first TTR title ever and moves up 9 ranks to World No. 7. A slew of 1080's, rodeos and a consistent style had him pushing out fellow Canadian Matts Kulisek for the win. In the end, Kulisek finished 3rd behind Horgmo.