Great riding at Copper Mountain
The setting couldn't have been any better: a blue bird sky and a perfectly shaped and groomed slopestyle course for the season's first slopestyle World Cup which kicked off today at Copper Mountain with the men's qualifiers.
A total of 118 riders was ready for some jibbing and thus throw in the best they had.
And Torstein Horgmo seemed to have it all. The top gun from Norway nailed an almost perfect run earning the day's highest score of 96.3 points for a switch backside 270 to boardslide on the first down rail, a backside 270 on the bus stop and a switch backside 900 mute to backside 1080 mute and frontside double cork 1080 on the three jump kicker line.
Mark McMorris almost stepped it up later the day in heat #4 but “just” almost. The Canadian ripper scored 95.3 points with a cab to boardslide 270 on the first feature, a switch backside 270 on the pole, cab double cork 900 mute to frontside double cork 1080 and backside double cork 1080 over the jumps.
Staale Sandbech took the top seat in heat #1. The Norwegian Viking got 88.3 points for his switch 270 to frontside boardslide, backside boardslide to 270 off and cab 900 lien to backside 1080 mute and frontside 1080 lien over the kicker line.
While those three heats saw scores in the 90's and high 80's heat #3 was a little exception as Australian Declan Vogel-Paul came out first with 83.3 points for half cab to 50/50 to front 180, a half cab on the bus stop to backside 180 out, backside 720 mute on the first jump, to frontside 1080 couble cork on the second and a backside 1080 double cork to finish things off on kicker #3.
The four top qualifiers of each heat will battle for Gold, Silver and Bronze next friday at 1 PM local time with 12 more riders who also made the cut in their respective heats.
The talents completing the finals of the best 16 slopestyle riders in Copper Mountain are: Yuuki Kadono (JPN), Roope Tonteri (FIN), Jordan Phillips (CAN), Seppe Smits (BEL), Eric Willet (USA), Sven Thorgren (SWE), Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), Gjermund Braaten (NOR), Takahiro Ishida (JPN), Billy Morgan (GBR), Maxence Parrot (CAN) and Chas Guldemond (USA).
See the full result list here.
This is the start list for the finals on Friday.