Tonteri, Anderson win Billabong Slopestyle
Riders from all corners of the globe battled it out this weekend at The Billabong Slopestyle 4-star TTR World Snowboard Tour event at Snow Park New Zealand, with Roope Tonteri of Finland winning the men’s finals and Jamie Anderson dominating the women’s field.
With the highest ever TTR rating and $30,000 in prize money, more than 90 competitors representing 16 countries took to the course, which had a final feature dubbed the Monster Volcano, a channel-gap jump with a giant inflatable Monster can to air over.
This slopestyle contest is the second stop on the 2011-12 TTR World Tour and it’s also the first of its kind on the global calendar since the International Olympic Committee confirmed the discipline for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Tonteri earned the top spot and a $5,000 check with a score of 89.40. His run included a front board on the round bar, a nose bonk 360 on the pole jam, and two massive 900s to a huge front 7. “I am so happy. It has been so nice to ride with friends at Snow Park,” Tonteri said.
Second place went to American Sam Hulbert, with a score of 84.60, and third place to Finland’s Antti Autti, who scored 84.20. Kiwi Milu Multhaup-Appleton, a first-time entrant into a TTR event, was the sole local New Zealander to compete in an open final, placing seventh overall.
In the women’s field, event favorite American Jamie Anderson did the expected — completely nailing two huge runs to earn the top score in her division. Anderson’s winning run included a tailslide on the down box, a back 180 mute grab, a switch back 5, a backside 360 over the 65-footer, and a tweaked stale grab over the Monster Volcano. Anderson took home a check for $2,500.
Until her practice runs on Thursday, Anderson had not ridden for four months prior to arriving in New Zealand. “The course was great. Snow Park did an awesome job and the Monster can jump is insane,” she said. “Billabong has hosted an amazing event.”
“Considering Jamie hasn’t ridden in four months, it’s super impressive to see her step up to the plate and show the girls what the level to beat actually is,” said Robett Hollis, the MC for the Billabong Slopestyle.
Second place in the women’s field went to Switzerland’s Isabel Derung, with a score of 76.60, and third place to American Jordie Karlinski, with a score of 73.20.
In the junior boys division, Canadian Tyler Nicholson came out on top, with Seamus O’Connor from Ireland in second and Canadian Michael Ciccarelli in third. In the junior girls division American Indigo Monk came in first, followed by the youngest competitor in the field, 10-year-old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott from New Zealand.
Added Hollis: “I’m more than impressed with the grommets’ efforts. We saw 13 and 14-year-olds doing double backies and back-to-back 7s and 9s, which is pretty impressive. Those tricks would have won them the Open Men’s category three years ago.”
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