Torah Bright Wins 2008 Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open SuperPipe

Bluebird skies graced the last day of the SuperPipe finals at the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open as Torah Bright repeated her 2007 win in the women’s competition while Keir Dillon took home $15,000 and top podium spot in the men’s final.

Torah Bright defended her title with an action-packed third run that comprised a frontside 540, Mctwist Terje style, tailgrab to fakie, Cab 720 nose grab, to a backside alleyoop. Gretchen Bleiler put up a tough fight for second place with a dynamic run consisting of a crippler, method, frontside 9 melon, backside 540, frontside 720 lien air. Switzerland’s Manuela Laura Pesko placed third with a backside 540 mute, frontside 7 lien, Cab mute 360, frontside air to backside 7 mute.

Going huge was the theme of the week with the riders also throwing it down in the men’s final. In a field that was dominated by Japanese riders, it was USA’s Keir Dillon that came out on top with consistent amplitude in his run. Japan’s Kazuhiro Kokubo went two for two with another second place finish in the SuperPipe and rounding out the podium was Finland’s Janne Korpi.

This weekend’s competition saw some big changes in the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Championship as Torah’s SuperPipe win moved her into first place. Kazu’s two second place finishes this week put him into the lead for the men in the Burton Global Open Series. Jenny Jones is currently leading the women’s BGOS after winning the Parkstyle event on Friday. The BGOS will award $100,000 to the top male and female competitors at the 26th Annual US Open Snowboarding Championships, taking place from March 17-23th at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont.

Women’s SuperPipe Final Results:
Torah Bright (AUS)
Gretchen Bleiler (USA)
Manuela Laura Pesko (SUI)

Men’s SuperPipe Final Results:
Keir Dillon (USA)
Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN)
Janne Korpi (FIN)

In case you missed the live webcasts, the full footage will be available for on-demand viewing on Go211.


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