Although they’re called European Open, it was American shred super stars Jamie Anderson and Kelly Clark who totally ruled the BEO 2011 this weekend.
First up was the slopestyle on Saturday, where six ladies from four different countries battled each other to score some precious points at this TTR 6star event. Jamie earned the highest score of the contest with a backside tailslide, Millerflip, tailblunt to fakie, switch boardslide to 5-0 and a backside alley oop in the quarterpipe, finishing things off on the kickers with a backside 360 mute grab, frontside 360 melon grab and a backside 180 Japan grab, which moved her into the Swatch TTR World Tour lead. Swiss rider and Laax local Sina Candrian took second place in the BEO slopestyle for the third year in a row now, not even two points behind Jamie with back-to-back 360s and a frontside 720, which was one of the highest-scoring tricks of the women’s competition. Jordie Karlinski (USA) earned her first BEO podium with a third place. “The event was super fun today, and I’m so glad I could put my run together,” said Jamie Anderson. “I did a new trick on the first rail, a backside tailslide, so I’m glad that worked out.
On Sunday it was all about the pipe and Kelly manged to bag her fourth Burton European Open title, an honor only two other riders (Natasza Zurek & Peetu Piiroinen) in BEO history share. “It’s great to win here again,” said Kelly. “I really enjoy the pipe at Laax because I get to push my riding and take it to a new level.” Despite difficult weather conditions, Kelly wasted no time in taking the lead and threw down a massive frontside 900, backside 540 mute grab, frontside 720 indy grab and a stylish Cab 720 in her first run. Never satisfied to just sit back and take a mellow victory lap, Kelly took a big risk on her second run, attempting a 1080 on her first hit that she almost stomped. Queralt Castellet from Spain was hot on Kelly’s heels and came in second place with less than one point separating her and Kelly. Queralt’s run was fully loaded with style and technical difficulty. Like Kelly, Queralt started with a super difficult trick – a backside 900, followed by a frontside 540, backside 540 mute grab and ending things with a frontside 720. Yuki Furihata from Japan rounded out the women’s podium, earning third place with an impressive run that included an inverted frontside 720.