Jamie Nicholls Wins 2011 4Star Ride Shakedown In Germany

Blue skies and a perfectly-shaped course gave the competitors the opportunity to shine at the 2011 4Star Ride Shakedown in Germany. At only 17, Jamie Nicholls has a promising future in snowboarding.

Jamie Nicholls.  Photo: Matthias FendGarmisch-Partenkirchen, the traditional Bavarian village, provided the perfect venue for the first European 4Star RIDE Shakedown. More than 5000 people showed up to cheer for the top-level snowboarders for a competition at the Olympic Ski Jump Stadium.

England's Jamie Nicholls snatched his first 4Star victory and took home a big chunk of the 35.000 € prize purse, as well as 500 Swatch TTR World Ranking points. The young star is now in the World No. 25 position. In second place was Canadian, Matts Kulisek, and Luka Jeromel, from Slovenia, in third.

The course started with an 18-meter straight jump followed by the choice of a down stair-set rail or a flat rail. The semi-finals went down as a two-hour long jam session, where only the best 12 riders made their way to the finals.

In the best two out of three run final format, the snowboarders had to call their tricks each time before dropping into the course and had to stick to their trick choice for a score.

17-year old Jamie Nicholls from Halifax, England stomped an impressive first run with a cab 1080 on the kicker and a cab 180 to 50/50 to 270 out on the flat rail. His second run rivaled his first run with a backside 1080 double cork and a stylish 50/50 to 270 out.

Buzzing off his win in the rail jam the night before and a podium placement at the 4Star Burn River Jump slopestyle contest, only a mere week earlier, he put on a great show at the 4Star TTR RIDE Shakedown.

"I really liked the format," said Nicholls. "It shows your consistency and you need to land the tricks you call. Everyone was riding very well and it is a really good set-up. It is my first time in Garmisch and I'm pretty happy to be on the podium today and last night. I'm stoked!"

Jamie Nicholls.  Photo: Matthias FendWith his second place finish in Germany, Matts Kulisek improved on his ranking and now sits in the TTR Top 50, as did Sweden’s Niklas Mattson who finished in tenth place.

Next week, the 4Star RIDE Shakedown at Snowqualmie, WA  will be held on the 18th and 19th of March, 2011 with a similar massive slopestyle set-up.

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