Finland triumphs as snowboard big air brings Championships to a close

31 August 2010 08:29

The girls really showed their metal with many choosing the massive 20m jump over the smaller 17m option. Rukajarvi got the top score of 26.0 with a massive backside 540 with indy grab off the big kicker. Urska Pribosic (SLO) took silver and Klaudia Medlova (SVK) bronze.

"It was very exciting to ride such a good jump, even though the weather didn't allow us much practise time," said Rukajarvi. "I'm so happy to have won!"

Men's winner Piiroinen took out the title for the second year with a corked backside 1080 and a score of 27.3. He was a clear 1.5 points ahead of Belgian Seppe Smits and Ville Paumola, also of Finland took bronze.

"It's so nice to win for a second time," said Piiroinen. "The other guys were all riding really strong so it's great to be world champion."

Juliane Bray, Championships Patron and New Zealand Olympic snowboarder said the level of riding was outstanding.

"All the riders really wanted to hit the jump because it was a fantastic jump with great set up," she said. "In between the clouds the riders who wanted it the most put on an amazing show with at least five of the riders doing double cork tricks. The women's big air was a massive challenge as they were so young and the jump was so big - I've got big respect for all them."

At the end of the closing ceremony, Russia was announced as the recipients of the Marc Hodler trophy for the most successful snowboard nation at the championships.