Riverjump sees new riders launching up on TTR ranking

The Riverjump has rocked Livigno with both a Slopestyle and Big Air contest. An international crew duked it out and threw down big tricks in pursuit of the double dose of 500 ranking points and a share of the 20.000 Euro prize purse.

Christian Haller.  Copyright: raggieleonoraPrior to today’s contests it had been dumping snow, however, the tireless work of the Swatch Mottolino Snowpark crew ensured that the course was ready to go.  The set-up was comprised of a jib section, a 39 stair rail and two big kickers.
 
Eventually, the sun broke out and Yale Cousino cruised to victory with a smooth BS Boardslide on the box and back to back 9s.  The two times Riverjump Slopestyle winner was pumped after his win, I’m stoked to win.  The park set up was really sick, two cool rails and great jumps. The weather was so much better than yesterday so I had good fun riding”.  Following him were upcoming Finnish star, Niki Korpela (FIN) in second, who now sits in World No.41 on the Swatch TTR Tour, with Joonas Mustonen (FIN) coming in third.
 
The Slopestyle contest also gave eight lower ranked TTR riders the chance to qualify for the evenings Big Air ‘Riverjump’.  Once darkness fell, the lights lit up the in-run and riders went big as they jumped the Spoel river.  Again, the vocal Italian crowd came to the party and helped create an electric atmosphere. 
 
Chris Sörman proved too good for his fellow competitors and claimed first place with a FS 10 Indy, Board Slide on the log and BS 3 over the barrel.  “I’m stoked, super stoked! It was really good contest. The kicker was perfect …The crowd, the music, it was just  a sick event… I’m definitely coming back here next year”, he said.  Right behind in second was Mark Sollors (CAN), with Christian Haller (SUI) following in third.  Yale Cousino came in fourth position by pushing it all night, however was unable to stomp all his runs.
 
Recent winner of the Air & Style, Colin Frei (SUI), finished in 8th position and moved up to World No.21, just outside the TTR Top 20.  Local favourite, Manuel Pietropoli jumped 15 places up to World No.29 and is now the top ranked Italian on the Swatch TTR World Tour.
 
The World Snowboard Tour now focuses all attention on the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton Vermont, USA, March 16th to 22nd, 2009. It’s in Stratton where male riders continue their fight for the TTR Tour Championship Title and lay it all on the line for a top spot in the rankings while women will try to use their last chance for points before their grand finale in Mammoth at the Roxy Chicken Jam. 

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