Canadian snowboarder, Mark McMorris, has taken first place in the 2011 Burton New Zealand Open Slopestyle finals at Cardrona Alpine Resort and walked away NZ$7,000 richer for his performance on the challenging Slopestyle course.
Under sunny cloudless skies, 16 men and eight women demonstrated the dramatic progression of slopestyle riding in this new Olympic snowboarding discipline. Canadian, Sebastien Toutant pulled back to back to back doubles and New Zealand’s Shelly Gotlieb attempted the first women’s double in competition.
McMorris put it all together in his second run with Fullcab Stall, Cab 270 Frontboard to fakie, Halfcab 50-50 to Backside 360, Backside 1080 Double Cork Mute, Frontside 900 Melon to a Cab 1260 Nosegrab.
Close on Mark’s heels was fellow Canadian, Toutant with his Cab 540 Tailtap, Front Blunt 270 out, Tailslide 270 out, Backside 1080 Double Cork Mute, Frontside 1080 Double Cork Melon, to a Double Backside Rodeo 1080 Truckdriver.
Coming in third was Stale Sandbech (NOR) who’s run started with a Backside 540 Tailtap, Hardway Cab 270 to Frontboard, Frontboard 450 out, Cab 900 Stalefish, Frontside 1080 Indy to a Backside 1260 Mute.
Check out the course and the thoughts of the boarders in this video..
The TTR World Tour has introduced an all-new ranking system that now ranks riders according to discipline. With his win today, Mark McMorris has advanced to World No. 4 in the men’s TTR Slopestyle World Tour Rankings.
New modifications to the Snowboard Live Scoring system (SLS) were used again today by the judges, in which two judges gave scores for each individual hit, which is then combined with a flow score to provide a more transparent final score.