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.
TTR Tricks - Finland's snowboarder Roope Tonteri's slopestyle snowboard tricks at the 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge competition in Oslo, Norway. The best snowboard tricks.For full event results, news, videos and updates keep your eyes glued to the http://www.ttrworldtour.com website.
http://www.ttrworldtour.comAt 17 years old, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris has already shown that he has got what it takes to be a world-class competitor. With podiums at some of the best TTR events around the globe including Burton New Zealand Open, Burton US Open, Billabong Air & Style and O'Neill Evolution, Mark has secured himself a spot at the top of competitive snowboarding and doesn't seem to slow down. With a passion for all board sports such as skateboarding and wakeboarding, Mark seems to be happiest with his feet off the ground but hasn't let his achievements in snowboarding go to his head. His goals are to make a name for himself and to become someone that people will always respect and remember -- if he keeps up his consistent and stylish riding on the international scene he should be able to reach those goals easily.