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Stale Sandbech dominates Semi Finals at O’Neill Evolution 2012

Norwegian Stale Sandbech stomping a fs 1080 followed by fs lipslide 270 out on the wall. Stale dominated the mens semi finals at the TTR O’Neill Evolution 2012 in Davos, Switzerland earning a score of 91.50. Make sure to tune in to tomorrows finals LIVE webcast: http://www.ttrworldtour.com/multimedia/live-webcasts.html

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TTR O’Neill Evolution 2011 – Mens Slopestyle Finals

The 6Star O'Neill Evolution slopestyle course was built next to the halfpipe at the bottom of Jakobshorn mountain and featured two challenging features for riders to hit. The first was a kicker with two super poppy take-offs measuring 40-feet and 55-feet and the second was a choice of three rails including an up-flat-down box, a pole jam and a flat-down rail. Sebastien Toutant was on fire on the slopestyle course today and won the finals with a Cab double cork 1260 to a backside boardslide to underflip out on his final run. Seb had this to day about his win, "Second 6Star win of the season is so amazing today. To ride with my good friends and every run we were stepping it up. On my last run I was outside of the podium and stomped my best Cab 12 ever. I plan to go to BEO next and give it my best on the TTR Tour." Fellow Canadian, Mark McMorris was able to put down a Cab double cork 1260 to frontside tailslide to 450 out after a hard slam on his first run to take second place. And, American rider, Eric Willett, who has been making a name for himself over the past two seasons in the contest scene took third place with a switch backside double cork 1260 to backside boardslide to 450 out.

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