Historic slopestyle event down under / Anderson and Kadono top qualifiers

20 August 2015 11:13
Tough weather conditions made it hard for the ladies
Tough weather conditions made it hard for the ladies -
Oliver Kraus

While the men's qualifiers of the season's first slopestyle World Cup competition held in Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort as part of the 2015 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ were judged by overall impression, the judges used the section-by-section format in the women's contest.

Head Judge Ola Sundequist said: “We made history today as it's the first time we've done a qualification using the SLS judging system in FIS World Cup history. We now need to decide what needs to be improved, but it's very exciting. Unfortunately, the girls were struggling to get enough speed to hit the kickers.”

Windy conditions had made it difficult for the women to gain enough speed to make the three-kicker line with the jumps constantly increasing in size.

Anderson rules women's competition

However, some girls were able to throw down some decent runs. The best of them: odds-on favourite Jamie Anderson (USA).


Jamie Anderson qualifies in 1st place for Saturday's FIS SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP Slopestyle final. Her first run here was smoooooth as. GoPro Monster Energy Oakley Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort GNU CardronaParksNZ Live streaming at wintergamesnz.kiwi.

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The 2014 Olympic Winter Games slopestyle gold medallist impressed in the jibbing section with a half-cab tap, frontside boardslide, transfer to frontside lipslide and a boardslide on the pole jam to 270 out before stomping a backside 540 mute to switch backside 540 indy and a frontside 720 indy to finish things off.

Awarded with 83.80 points for her first run, the rider from South Lake Tahoe, CA was the top-qualifier leading five more girls to the finals of the top-6 which are scheduled for Saturday:

Laurie Blouin (CAN), big air world champion Elena Koenz (SUI), Loranne Smans (BEL), Halley Langland (USA) and Asami Hirono (JPN).

Kadono delivers the goods

In the men's event, Yuki Kadono (JPN) satisfied expectations by nailing two super clean and stylish runs with the first one earning the top score of 90.00 for a millerflip to lipslide to 270 out, hardway 270 to boardslide, a 50/50 on the pole jam to backside 180 out and a cab 9 underflip to frontside 1080 indy and backside 1080 mute on the kicker line.


Yuki Kadono (JPN) scored top spot in today's FIS SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP Slopestyle qualis with THIS first run scoring 90.00. Sick! Red Bull Ride Snowboards Live streaming of Saturday's final at wintergamesnz.kiwi.

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The first rider to have ever landed back-to-back 1620s in a competition run therefore edged off his teammate Keita Inamura (JPN, 88.75) and Canada's style machine Michael Ciccarelli (88.50) to the second and third qualifier rank, respectively.

With a tight and thrilling men's morning qualification staged in the books, Sundequist stated: “The qualifiers were of a high level today. We have a really nice course here in Cardrona, and it was really fun to watch.”

Seven more athletes will fill out the finals of the top-10 men featuring the likes of local hero Carlos Garcia Knight (NZL), Darcy Sharpe (CAN), Tomoki Wakita (JPN), Mathias Weissenbacher (AUT), Max Eberhardt (CAN), Tim-Kevin Ravnjak (SLO) and Chris Corning (USA).

Further programme 

The finals will take place on Saturday, August 20th at 10 AM NZST.