Europeans and riders from down under raise the bar at Slopestyle World Cup
Facing changing weather conditions ranging from some sunlight to snow fall and flat light, the qualifiers for the season's sole Slopestyle World Cup took place at Stoneham, Quebec, this morning and early afternoon.
On the women's side, two girls from down under left their mark on the 550 meters long course which consists of two rail features into a jump line of three jumps and a final jib section right in the finish.
Lauren Staveley (AUS) won the first heat with a score of 76 points for her frontside lip to boardslide to fakie, switch back 1, back 3, frontside indy and a nose press just edging off Christina Gruber (AUT) to second (75.66).
In heat #2, Shelly Gotlieb (NZL) landed a backside lip on the box, a 50/50 to fakie, half cab indy, backflip indy, back 3 tail to 50/50 on the final box thus scoring 89.66 points, some five points more than Charoltte Van Gils (NED, 84.33).
On the men's side, Clemens Schattschneider (AUT) earned the highest score (92.33) of the day for his backside lip, 50/50 back 1 out, switch back 9 mute, front 7 mute, back 7 mute and a 50/50 to switch 50/50 to finish things off.
According to that, the Austrian rider, who had been crowned Big Air-Slopestyle World Cup Champion last year relegated Maxence Parrot (CAN, 89.66) and Janne Korpi (FIN, 89) to second and third in heat #1.
Heat #2 featured an impressive run of Ville Uotila (FIN) who earned 89 points for his switch tail 270 off, half cab 50/50 to back 1, switch back 7 mute, cab 5 mute and front 10 mute to boardslide to fakie.
The Fin thus went directly to the finals together with team mate Petja Piiroinen (FIN, 84) and Craig McMorris (CAN, 83.66).
Six girls and twelve men will fight for the last two and six remaining spots for the finals in tomorrow's semi finals scheduled for 11 AM with the finals to take place at 1 PM.