5Star Billabong Ante Up 2010: Sebastien Toutant Wins In Whistler, Canada

Sebastien Toutant took first place and was followed by two of his compatriots as the Canadians dominated the 2010 5Star Billabong Ante Up on their home turf.

5star Billabong Ante Up 2010 In Whistler, Canada.  Photo: Push.ca, Matt ForsytheThe Billabong Ante Up, the first 5Star event of the 2010/11 Swatch TTR World Tour season had an excellent turnout in Whistler, Canada.

40 riders competed at the Ante Up and each of them had their eyes set on the $50,000 prize purse and 850 TTR ranking points. The Canadian athletes made their compatriots proud as they filled the podium, with Sebastien Toutant claiming first place, Matts Kulisek in second, and Mark McMorris in third.

The lucky Sebastien Toutant received the $20,000 prize and an invitation to the 6Star Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck later in the season. Plus, he is now in the World No. 3 spot in the TTR World Rankings.

All of the riders at the Billabong Ante Up had an impressive bag of tricks, but it came down to a double cork 1260 podium with the Canadians pulling off different variations of the trick.

Sebastien Toutant won the first place with a flawless Cab 1260 double cork.

“Winning the first 5Star TTR big air contest was just amazing," said Toutant. "It was an epic final and it’s sick because I’ll be in the top of the TTR rankings going down to New Zealand in August.”

Matts Kulisek won $10,000 for his frontside 1260 double cork and Mark McMorris took $6,000 for his backside 1260 double cork variation.

Also noteworthy in Whistler, Canada was Gjermund Braaten whose backside 1260 double cork got him a fourth place finish. Braaten takes the ratings lead as TTR World No. 1.

The next tour stop is the 5Star Burton New Zealand Open which will be held in August 2010.

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