Guldemont, Anderson Finish Southern Leg of TTR World Snowboard Tour in #1
SOURCE: First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine
Perisher Valley (NSW), Australia – The skies opened up Friday as riders pushed through an almost too-soft-to-handle Slopestyle course at the 2008 Swatch TTR 5Star Burton Australian Open Snowboarding Championships. A brutal Australian sun kept competitors on their toes, but U.S. rider Jamie Anderson and Norwegian shredder Torstein Horgmo claimed the final Slopestyle Titles of the Southern Hemisphere portion of the Swatch TTR World Tour. However, entering the Northern Hemisphere season as Tour leaders of the Swatch TTR World Tour are Jamie Anderson and fellow American Chas Guldemond (USA), who finished Friday’s Slopestyle in fourth.
Competition in the men’s field competition was fierce with many riders becoming frustrated with sloppy landings. The Slopestyle, however, was Horgmo’s show. Breaking out a Switch BS 1260 alongside BS 7s and FS 9s, Horgmo was light years ahead of the pack. His first place finish took him up 14 spots to TTR World No. 6. Coming off an injury that kept him out of many competitions last season, Danny Davis proved he still had it, claiming second place in the Men’s Slopestyle ahead of fellow U.S. rider Eric Willet, who finished third.
07/08 Swatch TTR World Tour Champion Kevin Pearce was able to break into the Men’s Top 10 with a fifth place finish as Guldemond, who chased Horgmo in Australia with his own BS 12 attempt, managed a fourth place finish to secure his position as current World No. 1.
“I am stoked,” Guldemond exclaimed following the competition. “I had a good start to the season. Although I did not win every contest, I was consistent. It’s a good feeling to have that consistent start – but I’m trying not to think too hard about the World No. 1 spot because I want to keep it fun.”
A seventh place finish was enough for Janne Korpi (FIN) to defend the World No. 2 spot against Charles Reid (CAN) and Luke Mitrani (USA). Although his current rank gives him a little head start into the Northern Hemisphere season, Korpi said realistically, “To stay on top of the TTR world ranking means that I have to keep this form also at the 5 & 6Star events. I will need many podium finishes more. The season has barely started so it´s not time for cartwheels yet.”
Qualifying first in the semis, current World No. 1 Jamie Anderson continued her Slopestyle domination through all three runs of the finals. While most riders failed to connect tricks and stick their landings, Anderson stomped her textbook Cab 5s, solid 3s and a sick FS 7 in her final run to cruise her way to the top of the podium. With her victory, Anderson extends her Tour lead that has her almost 300 points ahead of the two Aussie girls, Lauren Staveley and Michaela Davis-Meehan, now sitting in World No. 2 and 3 respectively after their finishes in 8th and 9th position of the Slopestyle.
“I’m stoked!” said Anderson. “There’s less pressure going into the Northern Hemisphere now because I did the whole Southern Hemisphere and scored some good results. Let the good times roll!”
Two Canadian riders followed Anderson to the podium Friday. In second place was Raewyn Reid, who stuck her smooth Boardslides and epic BS 5s. Kara Rennie finished right behind Reid in third with solid 3s and rail combos, a result that moved her into TTR World No. 4. U.S. riders Hannah Teter and Kimmy Fasani, who were favored to do well in the Slopestyle, finished in fourth and fifth, respectively, with Teter laying down just one run in the finals. Both have moved up over 100 spots during the Burton Australian Open to break into the Women’s TTR Top 10.
The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour takes a break for a couple months, but it will be back in full swing with the highly anticipated 6Star Air & Style Munich 08 for the men, closely followed by the 5Star Burton Canadian Open for both men and women in December.