Perfectly sunny skies shone down again on the third day of the Burton European Open where men’s and women’s slopestyle qualifiers went down. Forty men and 53 women had two runs to prove to the judges that they were worthy of competing against some of the world’s best slopestyle riders in the semi-finals, coming up this Thursday at the BEO. In the end, it was two Norwegians, Stale Sandbech and Lisa Wiik who qualified first.
In the women’s qualification, the ladies had two runs to earn one of six spots to compete in the semi-finals. Lisa Wiik (NOR) took the top qualifying spot with a run that included a frontside 180 nose bonk on the log jib, an alley oop on the wallride, nosepress on the down-box a huge frontside air followed by an equally huge backside air on the halfpipe feature and a backside 540, half Cab and a backside 360 on the kickers. Lisa and five other ladies will get to ride against top female slopestyle riders Jamie Anderson (USA), Cheryl Maas (NED), Jenny Jones (GBR) and Silvia Mittermüller (GER) among others.
The lucky chaps learned that there were two more open semi-final spots up for grabs as two of the invited riders, Janne Korpi (FIN) and Marko Grilc (SLO) will not be able to compete at this year’s BEO. In the men’s qualifiers, it was Stale Sandbech (NOR) who qualified first, along with 12 other shredders earning coveted spots in the men's slopestyle semi-finals on Thursday, where they will get to compete against the likes of Shaun White (USA), Mikkel Bang (NOR), Current BGOS Champion Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and David Benedek (GER).
Women’s Slopestyle Qualification Results 1 Wiik, Lisa (NOR) ROXY 78.00 2 Sadar, Cilka (SLO) BURTON 62.83 3 Karlinski, Jordie (USA) NIKITA 56.00 4 Haug, Linn (NOR) BURTON 55.83 5 Haller, Ursina (SUI) K2 54.83 6 Stenshagen, Thea (NOR) 32 54.33