www.worldsnowboardtour.com – Local Wanaka rider, Stef Zeestraten (NZL), 27, has defeated a field of more than 50 international riders to claim the Open Men’s division of the Billabong Bro Down presented by Xperia Sony Smartphone 4Star World Snowboard Tour event which wrapped up at Snow Park, New Zealand today.
Zee’s winning run was the very first of the final, the local favorite registering 79.30 points from the judges. He began with a gnarly cab 270 gap to the down rail, followed by a frontside 720, a backside 900, switch backside double cork 1080 and a switch 50-50 on the final feature which Zee said he was “actually surprised” he landed.
Zee now has 500 valuable World Snowboard Tour ranking points next to his name, US$5,000 in prize money and a swag of prizes that included a state-of-the-art NEXF3 single lens kit camera Sony Camera.
Prior’s run included an air over the petrol tank, a boardslide onto the rail, a frontside rodeo 540, a cab 540, backside 360 and then a method air off the pole to finish. Prior achieved a mini milestone with her win, placing on the podium’s top spot ahead of experienced local Wanaka local and Qualifying winner Shelly Gotlieb (Wanaka, NZL).
The Billabong Bro Down presented by Xperia Sony Smartphone is the first southern Hemisphere stop on the 2012/13 World Snowboard Tour.
The Scene was set this morning as the sun rose revealing a fresh dusting of snow and clear skies at Snow Park. The course directors said, "game on" and the Billabong Bro Down kicked off with the Von Zipper Rail Shred..A host of International and local riders put on a high stakes show for the crowd, as they shredded rail, looking to win the Pacific Blue flights to anywhere in the South Pacific.Taking out the mens division was Kiwi Nick Poochoff, winning both the Best Overall and best trick pulling a 50-50 -- Frontside 270 -- frontside boardsider to regular out.The womens division was highly competitive with Rebbecca Torr, pushing the skill level, but it was Stefi Luxton who took best trick with a 50-50 -- swivel switch on the round bar and Christy Prior taking out the Best overall with her styling tail presses.Junior Mens started with a couple casualties but quickly became swamped by Jay Walsh who tookout best overall and best trick.The event was finished off with Von Zipper putting on a mellow sausage sizzle keeping all spectators and riders stoked.The Von Zipper rail shred pres. by Pacific Blue was also supported by Monster, Sony and Snow Park.For full event results, news, videos and updates keep your eyes glued to the http://www.ttrworldtour.com website.
The Billabong Bro Down Slopestyle presented by Xperia Sony Smartphone returns once again to Snowpark NZ this August 3rd and 4th for 2012. After a return to Slopestyle format last winter in anticipation of the rising popularity in World-class slopestyle events and the addition of a 4Star TTR ranking, The Bro Down is set to be one of the most exciting international snow-sports events this winter.