Apparently, a little off-season has nothing on Jamie Anderson and Mark McMorris…er, do they have an off-season? Let me rephrase, they both came in enormously hot to the first major contest of the season and it seems as though they didn’t skip a beat from the end of last season to this beginning of this one.
Slopestyle finals at the 2011 Burton New Zealand Open shut down yesterday after a picture perfect day at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Things started off a little sketchy with multiple competitors knuckling the money booter at the end of the course however, the riders got into their grooves and began to spin to win.
The girls saw no surpises. I mean, who really likes change? Nobody. So, in typical Jamie Anderson fashion, she pulled a solid run and won. Kjersti Buass rolled into the second-notch spot, with Jordie Malinski rounding out third. And although one of the top qualifiers Shelly Gotlieb did not find herself in the top three – she did catch the crowds attention by hucking herself in an attempt to try two double backflips. Desperate to win? Maybe. Ballsy and awesome? Yes. We applaud her for her effort to push the
limits and keep everyone on their toes.
Boys will be boys. By that I mean, throw double cork 1080′s. The top contenders were all flipping and spinning their way to the top in a heated battle. Slopestyle monster Mark McMorris was victorious with Sebastien Toutant hot on his heels and Stale Sandbech landing in third.
For more details and an up-close and personal account, head over to SNOWBOARDER Mag to hear from T-Bird who announced at the event cause let’s be real here, I wasn’t actually there.
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