04/02/2011 | by Uli Köhler
While the ladies were still able to enjoy sunshine and comparably soft snow during their slopestyle finals this afternoon, the men had to battle it out in the darkness on a more or less frozen course, putting up a show of their own.
The ladies weren’t too bad themselves though, with Czech whirlwind Sarka Pancochova and former TTR queen Jamie Anderson (USA) fighting a fierce battle about the pole position, that was handed from one to the other almost run by run. It started with very similarly scores for their first runs in the semi finals (2 points more for Sarka’s BS 3 and gap to BS boardslide than the BS 3 Gap to Tailslide from Jamie), continuing with bails from both in their second runs, leaving Sarka in pole for the finals. With her first run in the finals Jamie managed to get herself in the lead though (with a huge BS 3 and gap to FS boardslide to 270), which Sarka answered with a massive BS 5 and switch boardslide to gap to switch boardslide in her second run, only to be outplayed by the American’s perfect BS 5 and an super clean switch boardslide to backside boardslide. Third came reigning TTR champ Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), Sina Candrian (SUI) and Aimee Fuller (GBR).
Although the real thriller started when the sun had set over Davos and the men started action on the slopestyle course for the semis and the finals of this year’s TTR 6star slopestyle contest.
When it had been all about Switzerland yesterday, it was all about North America today, with Canadians Seb Toutant, Mark McMorris and America’s Eric Willet chasing each other scores run by run, not even heavy slams stopping them.
After winning the semis, Seb stepped it up even more in the finals, stomping one cab 12 double cork after the other. Getting knocked off the pole by Mark McMorris in the second run, who had a sensational come back with a massive Cab 12 Double Cork and FS Tailslide 450 out after slamming terribly in his first, and Eric Willet and his Switch 12 Double Cork and BS Boardslide 450 in the third couldn’t stop the teenage super hero from reclaiming the top spot with his last version of the Cab 12 Double Cork and underflip from the pole.
Apart from the Yanks it was once again the kiddos that put on one hell of a show at this full on double cork fest, special props going out to Seppe Smits (BEL), Torgeir Bergrem (NOR), Clemens Schattschneider (AUT) and Emil Ulsletten (NOR), representing the U20 side of the rider field but throwing down like the big guns with massive BS 12.
Right now the decks are already spinning in the party tent next door and we will close the laptop on the O’Neill Evolution 2011 and celebrate another little step in the evolution of snowboarding.