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.
Highlights from the Billabong BroDown - a 4Star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour competition in New Zealand. Featuring an all star cast including TTR's current no1, Jamie Anderson, and event winner Zac Stone. Also featuring Seppe Smits, Antti Autti, Clint Allen, Mark Anderson, Takahara Nakai, Hiroki Kishimoto, Jan Necas, Nick Hyne, Abby Lockhart and Shelly Gotleib.
As luck would have it amidst changeable Spring conditions the Billabong Bro Down and Von Zipper Rail Shred went off at Snow Park NZ this weekend. A field of around 50 riders showed up to compete in the events on Friday and Saturday. After Big Air practise on Friday everyone converged in the Woolshed at Snow Park to watch the Von Zipper Rail Shred take place on the infamous Stair Set. The shredders attacked to handrail and ledges from the get-go stomping some tech tricks hoping to claim the Airfares on offer from Pacific Blue and the cash for best trick. Nick Poohachoff ( USA) was throwing every trick in the book at it from the very start and went on to claim best trick and overall in the Open Men's division. In the Women's it was Christy Prior (NZ) who put it on the line to claim overall and Stefi Luxton (NZ) walked away with best trick. Jay Walsh took out the Junior Men's division in both best trick and overall. On Saturday as the riders rolled into the Park the jump was looking perfect, a solid 20m table awaited groomed and ready for action. Wind and weather threatened in the morning but against all odds the conditions stayed calm and the cloud layer opened up allowing the riders to perform at their best. The qualifying round was a flurry of 9's and 10's, even some double back Rodeo's were getting put down in the the Open Men's with 3's, 5's and backside rodeo's being landed in the Women's. The top six Men and top three Women advanced to the final in which they were given 3 judged runs with their best counting towards the final score. In the end it was Local rider Jake Koia (NZ) who took the top spot on the podium with a huge, flawless frontside 1080 melon, following him was Seppe Smits (BEL) with a buttery Cab 9 and rounding out the top 3 in the Open Men's was Dave Schmidt Rodriguez who was throwing sick front 9's and 10s off the toes. In the Women's it was standout rider Klaudia Medlova who took first spot with her huge smooth backside rodeo, Rebecca Torr (NZ) came in at 2nd with a stylish back 3 ...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.