6STAR O'NEILL EVOLUTION

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The 6Star O'Neill Evolution wrapped up in Davos, Switzerland with Sebastien Toutant (CAN) and Jamie Anderson (USA) winning the slopestyle titles today and Christian Haller (SUI) and Kelly Clark (USA) taking top honors in halfpipe yesterday. Each of the winners were awarded a piece of the $125 000 USD prize purse and 1000 TTR World Ranking points. After the first 6Star halfpipe competition of the season and a progressive slopestyle event here at the O'Neill Evolution, Seppe Smits (BEL) took over the Swatch TTR World Tour lead for the men and Silvia Mittermueller (GER) moved into the tour lead for the women. Although neither of these riders were able to snag a podium spot, both Seppe and Silvia have registered more results than others on tour which boosts thier overall score in the World Rankings.

First 6Star Halfpipe Compeition of the 2010/11 Season

The halfpipe finals went down yesterday under bluebird skies and Davos local, Christian Haller, took the first place spot edging out fellow countryman and heavy-hitter, Iouri Podladtchikov, who had to settle for second place. Christian took home the 6Star halfpipe title with a run consisting of a backside 540, frontside 1080, Cab 1080 and a frontside 900. Another Davos local, 16-year old Jan Scherrer, came out of nowhere and made the crowds go wild with a run that earned him third place. Christian earned enough Swatch TTR World Ranking points to move into the World No. 4 position, just behind Iouri who now sits in World No. 3.

On the women's side, Kelly Clark (USA) dominated in the halfpipe, definitely set the bar for amplitude and threw down a stylish frontside indy, backside 540, frontside 720 and a Cab 720 to take first place. This was Kelly's first TTR result for the season that, together with her end-of- season bonus points, shot her straight into TTR World No. 10. Slovenian rider Cilka Sadar, took second place moving her into World No. 5 and Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas (NOR) placed third and remains in World No. 4.

Big Tricks Thrown Down on the Slopestyle Course

The slopestyle course was built next to the halfpipe at the bottom of Jakobshorn mountain and featured two challenging features for riders to hit. The first was a kicker with two super poppy take-offs measuring 40-feet and 55-feet and the second was a choice of three rails including an up-flat-down box, a pole jam and a flat-down rail. Sebastien Toutant was on fire on the slopestyle course today and won the finals with a Cab double cork 1260 to a backside boardslide to underflip out on his final run. Seb had this to day about his win, "Second 6Star win of the season is so amazing today. To ride with my good friends and every run we were stepping it up. On my last run I was outside of the podium and stomped my best Cab 12 ever. I plan to go to BEO next and give it my best on the TTR Tour."

Fellow Canadian, Mark McMorris was able to put down a Cab double cork 1260 to frontside tailslide to 450 out after a hard slam on his first run to take second place. And, American rider, Eric Willet, who has been making a name for himself over the past two seasons in the contest scene took third place with a switch backside double cork 1260 to backside boardslide to 450 out.

On the women's side, Jamie Anderson (USA) rose above the pack to take the women's slopestyle title with a backside 540 mute to a switch frontside boardslide-to-backside boardslide. Now sitting in the World No. 3 position, Jamie was super excited and had this to say about the day, "Today the event was really fun. The kicker was perfect and the weather was great. The progression for women's riding was really high, which was awesome. After this I'm going to head to the 6Star Burton European Open and then I want to go to all the big TTR events." Sarka Pancochova (CZE) was riding well to take second place and reigning TTR Champion, Enni Rukajarvi (FIN), was able to grab third place.

After some excellent riding this weekend at the O'Neill Evolution, riders will make the short trip over to Laax, Switzerland for the 6Star Burton European Open. With two more 6Star results available at the Burton European Open, it will be a crucial event for riders looking to improve their ranking positions especially those making a run for the TTR World Tour Champion. For all the latest news, photos and videos from the O'Neill Evolution and for coverage of the Burton European Open next week, tune into ttrworld.com. And, don't miss the action from the Burton European Open semi-finals and finals which will be webcast live on metacafe.com on January 12th through January 15th. Check out metacafe.com for the full webcast schedule.

Swatch TTR Menīs World Tour Top 10 as of 01.08.2011

Rang Name Nation Results Points
1 Smits, Seppe BEL 7 647.57
2 Braaten, Gjermund NOR 7 581.08
3 Podladtchikov, Iouri SUI 5 572.63
4 Haller, Christian SUI 5 566.98
5 Sandbech, Stale NOR 6 546.64
6 Toutant, Sebastien CAN 5 538.16
7 Holvik, Tore NOR 6 520.14
8 Tonteri, Roope FIN 7 479.57
9 Piiroinen, Peetu FIN 4 464.58
10 Stock, Werner AUT 6 456.50

Swatch TTR Womenīs World Tour Top 10as of 01.08.2011

Rank Name Nation Results Punkte
1 Mittermueller, Silvia GER 7 543.61
2 Rukajärvi, Enni FIN 5 492.79
3 Anderson, Jamie USA 4 487.26
4 Buaas, Kjersti Ostgaard NOR 4 461.77
5 Sadar, Cilka SLO 4 437.66
6 Candrian, Sina SUI 4 421.99
7 Walker, Ty USA 6 398.78
8 Sladics, Chanelle USA 4 377.55
9 Pancochova, Sarka CZE 3 353.68
10 Clark, Kelly USA 3 352.86

TH ANNUAL 6STAR BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN ATTRACTS TOP ATHLETES

Laax, Switzerland- 5th January 2011: The Burton European Open is getting ready to kick off this coming weekend on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 in Laax, Switzerland and will play host to over 300 riders from around the globe. The eight-day event will feature some of the world's most talented men and women snowboard athletes competing in slopestyle and halfpipe formats for a piece of the impressive $125,000 USD prize purse and a maximum of 1000 TTR World Ranking points from each format. The Burton European Open is a 6Star event on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, which is the highest rating a competition can receive. With some serious cash and major TTR Ranking points on the line, riders will be bringing their best to Laax and, without a doubt, the event will be a highlight of the 2010/11 TTR World Tour season.

Young Guns Competing with Seasoned Pros

Featuring an open qualification system, the Burton European Open allows up-and-coming riders to test their skills and compete for a chance to ride alongside the pros. Laax has become known as a snowboarder's mountain over the years and will feature a perfectly shaped halfpipe and innovative slopestyle course for the event located on the Crap Sogn Gion mountain. The riders list is stacked full of talent including Canadian riders, Sebastian Toutant and Charles Reid, Norwegian style master, Mikkel Bang, Slovenian phenomenon, Marko Grilc, and two-time TTR Tour Champion, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN). With the generous TTR points available, there will be plenty of movement in the TTR Tour Ranking and this is an ideal opportunity for these riders to solidify their ranking positions in the TTR Top 10 with a good result in Switzerland. Some heavy competition will also be coming from the young guns scheduled to compete including Seppe Smits (BEL), Stale Sandbech (NOR), Christian Haller (SUI) and Roope Tonteri (FIN) who all have solid runs under their belts.

The women will just be gaining momentum for the season after their first 6Star event, the O'Neill Evolution in Davos, which is in full swing this week and will wrap up on Saturday just as the Burton European Open gets started. Enni Rukajärvi (FIN) will have to defend her current tour lead against the likes of Laax local Sina Candrian, Norwegian queen of style, Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, American slopestyle specialist, Jamie Anderson, and Kelly Clark (USA) whose halfpipe skills have been setting the bar in the women's game for years.

Don't miss the Live Action

The Burton European Open slopestyle and halfpipe semi-finals and finals will be webcast live from Laax, Switzerland from the 12th to the 15th of January, 2011 and can be viewed on metacafe.com or ttrworldtour.com. With the 2010/2011 TTR World Tour now in full swing, be sure to check out ttrworldtour.com for news, photos and video from other events happening over the next week including the 6Star O'Neill Evolution and the 4Star Relentless Big Air Stuttgart.

Webcast Times

Wed, Jan 12 webcast live: 12:00pm - 4:20pm CET

Thu, Jan 13 webcast live: 9:00am - 1:50pm CET
Fri, Jan 14 webcast live: 9:00am - 2:00pm CET

Sat, Jan 14 webcast live: 9:00am - 2:00pm CET


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Men's Top 10 TTR World Snowboard Rankings as of 04.01.2011

Rank Name Nation Results Points
1 Braaten, Gjermund NOR 7 581.08
2 Smits, Seppe BEL 6 468.76
3 Toutant, Sebastien CAN 4 395.3
4 Sandbech, Stale NOR 4 360.36
5 Tonteri, Roope FIN 6 357.06
6 Bang, Mikkel NOR 3 337.94
7 Grilc, Marko SLO 4 337.74
8 Holvik, Tore NOR 4 331.37
9 Podladtchikov, Iouri SUI 3 320.87
10 Haller, Christian SUI 3 315.08

Women's Top 10 TTR World Snowboard Rankings as of 04.01.2011

Rank Name Nation Results Points
1 Rukajärvi, Enni FIN 4 364.22
2 Mittermueller, Silvia GER 5 346.21
3 Okada, Rana JPN 4 310.55
4 Candrian, Sina SUI 3 297.98
5 Walker, Ty USA 4 266.67
6 Gotlieb, Shelly NZL 3 263.62
7 Adams, Danielle USA 5 262.81
8 Carroll, Allyson USA 4 248.87
9 Anderson, Jamie USA 2 240.03
10 Treland, Dina NOR 5 238.9

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