TTR World Tour reignites at OŽNeill Evolution
The 6Star ONeill Evolution in Davos, January 5th till 10th 2009 will kick the Swatch TTR Snowboard Tour back into overdrive as some of the worlds best snowboarders rock into the Swiss town to fight it out for TTR glory.
The first TTR 6Star competition on European soil in 2009 has a plethora of points spread over two formats and promises to set up for some exciting new ranking changes. First up, riders will tackle the 5Star Slopestyle course and with 850 ranking points the first day and a total prize purse of $100,000 USD up for grabs the competition will be fierce.
A Tour lead change could go down and we are guaranteed to see some new faces in the Swatch TTR Top 5. Currently sitting in TTR World No.4, Janne Korpi (FIN) has the opportunity to snatch the top spot away from Chas Guldemond (USA), provided he can step it up on the Slopestyle course. Although Guldemond is not yet confirmed on the riders list for this year’s Evolution there is a strong chance we will see him returning to Davos to defend his TTR No.1 position.
With Finland well represented at the competition we can expect Risto Mattila and Peetu Piiroinen to fire it up as a good result on the Slopestyle course could catapult them into the TTR Top 5. All this season’s Finnish competitors put in strong performances at last year’s event, bagging four out of six possible podium positions between them. These results may give them the confidence to stage a repeat performance this season.
The new kid on the block, Seb Toots (CAN) will be looking to capitalize on the hype surrounding his arrival to the big time and with a top 5 finish on the Slopestyle course he has the potential to jump into the TTR Top 5 as well. Like Mattila and Piiroinen, Seb is coming straight into this competition following a top 10 result at the 6Star Nissan X-Trail Jam and will be going for broke as he chases his TTR dreams.
The O’Neill Evolution will also see the likes of Dimi De Jong (NED), Victor De Le Rue (FRA) and Elias Elhardt (GER) stepping it up on the big stage. The Euro crew will be further bolstered by Colin Frei (SUI), Olivier Gittler (FRA) and Jamie Nicholls (GBR). Last year’s Highest Air winner Manuel Pietropoli (ITA) will be in attendance alongside Martin Cernik (CZE) and Seppe Smits (BEL), who recently claimed 2nd place in the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam in Austria. James Hamilton (NZE), one of the most dominating during the Downunder season, will be out to prove he’s got what it takes in the Northern Hemisphere contests as will American rider Tim Humphreys.
With the previous days Quarterpipe session locked away, thousands of stoked out Japanese snowboard fans packed the Tokyo Dome for the legendary Big Air competition of the phenomenal 6Star Swatch TTR X-Trail Jam.
From the first stop in Bispingen to the events in Castleford and Landgraaf it has been obvious that the tour is the perfect setup for the kids to be creative and show their best riding.
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