02/02/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Where: Laax, Switzerland
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It was the day of the Finns today on the seventh day of the Burton European Open in Laax. Finnish riders Enni Rukajärvi and Peetu Piiroinen brought home victory in the slopestyle finals. Enni has won all three contests she competed in this season and Peetu has cemented his TTR ranking lead with his first 6-star TTR victory.
The day started with the women’s slopestyle semifinals. Once again, bluebird conditions over the entire day enabled the riders to crank up the amplitude and show very technical tricks. Very early into the contest it became clearthat Enni was a force to be reckoned with today: She showed the two best runs in the semifinals and lead the group of eight that made up the finals.
The format of the finals had the women and the men take turns in delivering their runs. The women began and showed some amazing riding. Again it was Enni who dominated the contest. Her best run started off with some great jib moves in the upper section of the course: a 50-50 Boardslide to Fakie, Cab 360 Slide, Cab 270 Boardslide, 50-50 on the Downbox, a huge Stalefish over the quarter, a Frontside 360 Indy, Backside mute 540 and a stylish Cab 720. The magnitude of the tricks as well as their style could not be matched by any other girl. Throughout the afternoon only local rider Sina Candrian and Czech competitor Sarka Pancochova came close. But even though the spectators gave all their support Sina bailed on the decisive last run and thus cleared the way for Enni’s third victory of the season (after the Roxy Chicken Jam earlier this month and the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam in November). To be fair, Enni was arguably unbeatable today as each of her five runs would have been enough to win the competiton.
In the men’s finals, things were way closer: Mikkel Bang launched into an insane first run that consisted of a Front 7, a Cab 7 and a Switch Backside 12 over the kickers. With a score of 92.00 he kept the lead all through the contest, even though a lot of other Scandinavian riders tried hard: Germund Braaten for example showed an amazing Cab 9 followed by a back-to-back Frontside/Backside 10 combo in his second run, which landed him in the third place overall. Peetu Piiroinen seemed to be struggling at first and was behind Mikkel up until his last run. However, being the expectional rider he is he ripped up some mad shit in his third run. He destroyed the upper part of the course with a 270 Boardslide 270 Out, Backside 360 Mute Polejam, Frontside Disaster, Switch Front Board, and a Cab 720 Inverted. This was followed by a huge Backside 1080 Tail, a Frontside 900 and a Cab 1080 over the kicker line. And since he performed all of this with his signature precision and amplitude it was enough to win the finals with a score of 93.00 by one point in front of Mikkel. Special mention must go to Stefan Maurer who rode the contest on a Fish yet still got his jib on up to and then stomped a back 7, double backflip and front 10 on the kickers. That was the nuts.
Enni and Peetu both take home a big smile on their faces as well as a cheque over 15,000 dollars and 1,000 TTR World Ranking points each.
Tomorrow will see the halfpipe finals for both men and women. Make sure to check the results on yours truely onboardsnowboarding.com!
Results Men’s Slopestyle Finals
|Rank||Competitor||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3|
Results Women’s Slopestyle Finals
1 Rukajärvi Enni 93.17
2 Candrian Sina 78.50
3 Pancochova Sarka 74.50
4 Wiik Lisa 63.83
5 Gottlieb Shelly 62.67
6 van Gils Charlotte 45.50
7 Ramholt Tina 41.00
8 Karlinski Jordie 33.33