The World Superpipe Championships, a 5-Star Event on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, took place on Saturday at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah USA. Despite slightly overcast conditions, the 22-foot superpipe saw an incredidbly high level of riding. The straight-to-final format allowed the riders three attempts to throw down their best run. Australian rider Torah Bright took the women’s top spot to extend her tour lead, as Shaun White (USA) once again dominated the pipe in hopes of defending his TTR tour championship title.
The women dropped first, and right off the bat Torah Bright and Kelly Clark (USA) were the standouts of the day with consistent sky-high airs and dialed spins. It was a battle to behold. Clark came extremely close to claiming the Superpipe title on a run that challenged the riding of some of the men. A hard hit to the deck on a monster McTwist cost her the top spot as she settled for second place. Clark remains in TTR World No.3, behind current World No.2 Jamie Anderson (USA).
All eyes turned to Torah Bright who showcased her signature smooth style to take first place and add another 850 TTR ranking points to her current score. Bright had some big straight airs and even threw a back-to-back 7 combo. With a first place finish at the World Superpipe Championships, Torah extends her lead as World No.1 in the TTR world rankings. Ellery Hollingsworth (USA) also made a big move in the TTR Rankings with a fourth place finish in Park City that moved her into the TTR Top 10.
On the men’s side, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre (USA) and Janne Korpi (FIN) put together great runs, earning their spots on the podium. Korpi claimed third place and moved into Swatch TTR World No. 8. Mason Aguirre was boosting some big airs and technical tricks to take second place moving him up a couple of notches to World No. 12. Andy Finch, World No. 4, and Peetu Piiroinen, World No. 3, took eighth and ninth places respectively to maintain their current positions in the TTR Rankings.
The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour is coming down to the wire with only a handful of 5 and 6-Star events remaining for top TTR riders to secure their lead and claim a large piece of the $250,000 end-of season prize purse. Coming up soon is the 5-Star Chevy Grand Prix taking place next weekend in Killington, Vermont, leading into the Champion crowning events the 6-Star Burton US Open, and the 6-Star Roxy Chicken Jam. Stay tuned to the TTR website for updates as the tour comes to a dramatic close over the next couple of weeks.
Final Results for the Women's World Superpipe Championships:
1. Torah Bright AUS 2. Kelly Clark USA 3. Soko Yamaoka JPN 4. Ellery Hollingsworth USA 5. Sophie Rodriguez FRA 6. Kjersti Buaas NOR 7. Lisa Wiik NOR 8. Leslie Glenn USA 9. Meg Pugh USA