Ty Walker and Seppe Smits victorious at history writing Istanbul Big Air
Walker, a 17-year-old shredder from Stowe, VT, impressed the judges during the night time finals with a Backside 720 Tail and a Frontside 720 earning the combined score of 156.5 points becoming the first ever woman to win a FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup contest.
The 2014 Olympian who couldn't ride to her potential in Sochi last February due to a bruised heal from a crash in the slopestyle practice edged off Swiss rider Sina Candrian (155.75) who had stomped a Frontside 720 Indy and a Backside 360 Double Grab with only 0.75 points to the second rank earning her career's first podium in her fifth World Cup start.
“I came a day earlier, and I was able to explore the city on the tour. It was amazing. I went sightseeing all over the place. And then we came up and started riding. The jump was perfect, the people were so cool, and the excitement at the bottom amazing,” Walker said.
“I knew what I wanted to do, but I was nervous going into my third run. But luckily I put it down and ended up taking the win so I couldn’t be happier. This has been the best trip ever!”
Veteran Cheryl Maas (NED) rounded out the podium as third with 154.25 for her Frontside 360 Indy and Backside 720 Tail.
On the men's side of things, Smits brought home his career's second in impressive manner.
Throwing down a massive Cab 1260 Double Cork Indy and a Backside 1080 Double Cork Nose the 2011 Slopestyle World Champion with three WCS medals in Big Air to his belt was awarded with 183.00 of a maximum of 200.00 points.
“Istanbul has been a great time for me. First we walked around the city, and everyone was friendly. It’s a really cool city. The event was crazy. That was a pretty good jump, and the weather was perfect. All the fans just went wild. It's been a great crowd and a great event in general. Thank you Istanbul”, Smits summed up his event impressions.
Swiss up-and-coming talent Jonas Boesiger earned his career's first podium with a Frontside 1080 Double Cork Indy and a Backside 1260 Double Cork Mute (180.25).
Competing in his third ever World Cup start, Brandon Davis (USA) claimed third landing a Cab 1260 Melon and a BS 1080 Double Cork Nose to Tail Double Grab (179.50).
The FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour will take a Holiday break now with the next snowboard freestyle events staged at the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria from January 15th to 25th, 2015.