TTR World Tour returns to the Great White North
Taking place at the Canada Olympic Park, the two format, Slopestyle and Halfpipe competition offers up a $50 000 USD prize purse and two batches of 850 TTR Ranking Points.
The highly anticipated contest features a familiar open format, allowing talented local, amateur and determined pro riders to compete against the top ranked snowboarders in the world. With a qualification list that boasts well over 100 riders there is no doubt we’ll see some huge upsets and heated battles at the inaugural event. Expect big performances from riders like local Jed Anderson (CAN), Drew Brighton (USA), Elias Elhardt (GER), Justin Lamareux (CAN), Arthur Longo (FRA), and Charmaine Ironside (CAN).
The one to look out for is current female Swatch TTR World No. 10 Lisa Wiik (NOR) who recently won the Slopestyle title at the 6Star Burton European Open. Wiik has her work cut out for her, needing to push through the preliminary rounds and a tough field of world-class female riders. Wiik however, will no doubt carry her momentum from Laax in order to move up in the women’s TTR Top 10 and claim back-to-back Slopestyle titles. Similarly, if BEO pipe champion Kelly Clark (USA) makes an appearance in Calgary we just might see two women walk away with two consecutive titles.
In terms of the Swatch TTR Rankings, for the men it’s too early to tell. In the middle of a boisterous season, anything can happen with two major TTR events going down just days before, the 5Star Red Bull Snowscrapers and the 6Star Air & Style Innsbruck. And with many of the TTR Top 10 competing in both the Canadian Open Halfpipe and Slopestyle, it’s almost impossible to say who will move where in the rankings. But we can tell you that it’s going to be tight so expect some huge ranking changes in the next couple weeks. Like all the key 5 and 6 Star events on the Tour you can bet many of the big name riders will likely make an appearance in Calgary such as current TTR World No. 2 Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), TTR World No. 7 Charles Reid (CAN) and TTR World No. 9 Sebastian Toutant (CAN).
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With Jiayu Liu (CHN) and Ryoh Aono (JPN) two of the main aspirants for Gold grabbed the Halfpipe title at the 2009 FIS Snowboard World Championships Gangwon, Korea.
On last Saturday more than 120 snowboarders and freeskiers competed against each other in an exciting slopestyle contest on a very high sportive level at the appealingly prepared Alpspitzpark.