Devin Logan and Thomas Krief top qualifiers at Cardrona Halfpipe World Cup
Today's qualifiers for the FIS Freestyle Halfpipe World Cup opener held at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort, New Zealand, were blessed; not only with a blue bird sky and a perfect halfpipe but also with some high quality riding.
The best riders of the qualifiers which actually started at 8 AM were coming from the US and France.
On the women's side, Devin Logan (USA) dominated the pipe with huge amplitude and a nice variety of tricks earning the top score of 88.4 points.
The US girl throw in a left 540 tail to right flair, a mute tweaked air to alley oop mute, a left 720 mute and a switch alley oop 360 to finish things off.
The men's qualifier was won by Thomas Krief who killed it in his first run with his air time and set of technical tricks.
“Toto” started things off on the right site with a 900 reverse mute to left double cork 1260, alley oop rodeo 360 japan, switch 720 mute to a final alley oop rodeo 540 shifty and was rewarded with a total score of 88 out of a possible 100.
The two top riders will be joined by eleven women and eleven men in the finals kicking off at 1:45 PM local time.
Also battling for the season's first podium are:
Women: Manami Mitsuboshi (JPN), Ayana Onozuka (JPN), Jamie Crane-Mauzy (USA), Virginie Faivre (SUI), Katrien Aerts (BEL), Annalisa Drew (USA), Nina Ragettli (SUI), Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR), Mirjam Jaeger (SUI), Emi Matsuura (JPN) and Janina Kuzma (NZL).
Men: Torin Yater-Wallace (USA), Antti-Jussi Kemppainen (FIN), Gus Kenworth (USA), Josiah Wells (NZL), Christian Allen (USA), Byron Wells (NZL), Joffrey Pollet-Villard (FRA), Kentaro Tsuda (JPN), Benoit Valentin (FRA), Walter Wood (USA) and Yannic Lerjen (SUI).
Qualification results women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/FS/8000/2013FS8000QRL.pdf
Start list finals women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/FS/8000/2013FS8000FSL.pdf
Qualification results men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/FS/8001/2013FS8001QRL.pdf
Start list finals men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/FS/8001/2013FS8001FSL.pdf