Swiss and Belgium shredders earn best score in Calgary’s slopestyle qualifier
Sina Candrian and Seppe Smits rocked the show in today's slopestyle qualifiers at Canada Olympic Park, right outside of Calgary, Alberta.
Both will lead the top 6 ladies and 12 men into the finals coming up next Saturday at 2PM local time. Candrian, whose best World Cup result so far is a second rank in Cardrona, New Zealand, in 2008, nailed an incredible run while playing with the features build on the course. She kicked things off with a „backside boardslide" on the straight rail, added a „50-50" on the down rail, a „50-50 to noseslide" on the boxes, then stomping a „frontside 720" to „frontside 540" and a final „cab 540 truck driver" in the big air section.
Due to this outstanding run, the 21-years-old Swiss girl earned phenomenal 46.0 points thus relegating Canada's Molly Milligan (42.3) and Brooke Voigt (37.9) to second and third respectively. The ladies final will also feature three more Canuck girls: Breanna Stangeland, Alexandra Duckworth and Diane Rudge all survived the qualifier cut.
On the men's side, the final of the best 12 men will be led by Seppe Smits. The 2009 Big Air World Championships runner-up threw in a „frontflip" at the wu-tang, a „frontside boardslide" on the down rail, enjoyed the boxes with „½cab on to switch up to ½ cab off" before sticking „frontside 900", a „switch backside 5 indie" and a „backside 720" to finish his run. Scoring 44.9 points Smits edged off Gjermund Braaten (NOR, 43.7) and Brett Esser (USA, 42.3) to the second and third qualifier spot respectively.
The field will be filled out by Canada's Jesmond Dubeau, Matts Kulisek, Marc McMorris, Trevor Niblett, New Zealand's Stef Zeestraten, Nick Brown and Nick Hyne as well as Gian-Luca Cavigelli (SUI) and Michael Macho from Austria.