Andy Finch: New Swatch TTR World Number One

This is what professional snowboarding is all about: massive tricks, even bigger air, and pro snowboarders stomping the unstompable. Andy Finch (USA) finished 6th overall in the Quarterpipe, but after taking the title at yesterday’s Halfpipe session, Andy has moved into the Swatch TTR World No. 1 position, just 20 points ahead of now World No.2 Torstein Horgmo (NOR). Kim Rune Hansen (NOR) stood atop the Quarterpipe podium, while Risto Mattila (FIN) grabbed hold of the number 2 spot. Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), who was expected to do very well, rounded out the podium with a third place finish in the Quarterpipe.

The O’Neill Evolution lived up to its 6-Star title as riders like Nicolas Mueller (SUI), Colin Frei (SUI), Andy Finch(USA), and Manuel Pietropoli (ITA) redefined the word amplitude, taking their Airs and McTwists to incredible new heights that were just not possible only a few years back. Kim Rune Hansen was amped after he stomped a huge chuck flip that sent the crowd wild and earned him 1000 ranking points and $15,000. “I just won the 6-Star TTR O’Neill Evolution Quarterpipe and I’m so stoked! It feels so good. I did a chuck flip and went about 6.5 meters, I’m just so stoked.”

Manuel Pietropoli (ITA) also took home $6,000 USD for the Swatch Highest Air with his solid 8.0 m Backside Air that impressed both the fans and the riders.

Risto Mattila threw down one of the biggest McTwists ever seen, launching from one end of the quarterpipe to the other as Peetu Piiroinen spun a clean and huge Backside 5 to secure his podium finish. Risto’s second place finish moved him into World No.6: “Today everyone was pushing it. The level of riding was so high. It was a contest for amplitude: That was the name of the game. Man, it was a fun a competition. I was fourth place until my last run, but I was able to stick my trick for second. I’m so stoked.”

There are tons of big movers and shakers in the rankings after a double-dose of Ranking points was unleashed on riders looking for that coveted TTR World No.1 spot. Chas Guldemond (USA) remains in the Top 5, holding onto World No.4 with fellow American rider Tim Humphreys (USA) moving into World No.11. Local Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) has moved into World No.17, with Swiss favourite Nicolas Mueller (SUI) sitting right behind him at World No.18. 05/06 Tour Champion Mathieu Crepel (FRA) sat out of the Quarterpipe stompfest, but his Halfpipe run keeps him in the Top 20 at World No.19.

The battle for Swatch TTR Tour Leader rages on at the upcoming Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland which will hand out another double-dosage of 1000 ranking points with Superpipe and Slopestyle competitions for both men and women riders.

Check out all the action and the results from the Swatch TTR 6-Star O’Neill Evolution, plus loads of special behind-the-scenes content on the TTR website.


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