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.
This 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge (TAC) saw 32 of snowboardings best slopestyle riders whittled down to the three best slopestyle riders worthy enough to step on the podium. See what happened and how it went down, Featuring interviews with the legendary Terje Haakonsen and amazing riding action from the best in international slopestyle snowboarding. The beautifully shaped slopestyle course in Tryvann Vinterpark, Olso, served as a brand new location for this elite Swatch TTR competition.Edit provided by The Oakley Arctic Challenge 2010 / produced by Expect Films - expectfilms.com
TTR wraps up all of last weeks action at the O'Neill Evolution snowboarding event in Davos, Switzerland. Focusing on the competition between Marko Grilc and Peetu Piiroinen for the World Snowboarding Tours number one spot. With his eyes firmly set on two consecutive world titles, Peetu Piiroinen goes head to head with strong performances in both formats, proving once again that he is a force to be reckoned with. Who will win the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour? Stay tuned!
Oslo, Norway, Friday 8th of March 2013. Last Training Day Session for the The Arctic Challenge 2013 went down today in the Winter Park Oslo. A perfectly shaped Halfpipe prepared the international snowboard world for the big day tomorrow.
On Saturday, 9th of March, the Contest kicks off with the Semi Finals starting at 1pm CET followed by the Handplant Jam Session from 4.30 to 5pm and the last 6Star Halfpipe Finals of the World Snowboard Tour Season 2012/13 from 5 to 6.30pm.
The battle is on, not only for the dragon share of the 100.000 US Dollar prize purse but also for who of the two claimants for the Overall World Snowboard Tour Champion Title, - last year Overall Champ Stale Sandbech or three times World Tour Champ Peetu Piiroinen, - will finally take home the honors for this season.
The World Snowboard Tour meets up with Norwegian Stale Sandbech and Finn Peetu Piiroinen who share their thoughts about winning the prestigious event and their chance for the glorious Overall World Snowboard Tour Champion Title.
Be sure not to miss the last 6Star Event of the season and tune in tomorrow to watch the live webcast on http://www.worldsnowboardtour.com/webcast/