The Australian snowboarder, Torah Bright, a member of Team Roxy, won the Half Pipe event at the prestigious Nippon Open in Japan this weekend for the second year running.
The event carries 5 stars in the WTTR calendar (Women's TTR, World Professional Snowboarding Championships). Following her 6th place in the slopestyle event and with this victory in the half pipe, which she snatched from the Japanese competitor Yayoi Tamura (2nd) and the Swiss competitor Manuela Laura Pesko, Torah Bright has now climbed to 6th position in the provisional world WTTR circuit rankings, following the Nippon Open.
There are still two major tournaments (6 stars) to come in this year’s WTTR Calendar (The US Open and the Roxy Chicken Jam in Utah) to allow Torah to take this year’s world title. In other words, nothing is set in stone yet for the current leader in the WTTR women’s rankings, the American Jamie Anderson.
Born in Cooma (New South Wales, Australia) on 27 December 1986, Torah Bright, who is now riding Roxy boards with audacious success, is one of the most talented and most precocious riders on the international snowboarding scene. At the age of just 20, Torah already has an impressive record. Her main results include a first place in the final of the FIS World Cup in 2004 (Half Pipe), as well as the Arctic Challenge (Quarter pipe) in 2005, victory in the US Open in 2006 (Half Pipe) and, to top it all off, a gold medal at the last Winter X-Games in the Super Pipe. And don’t forget that the pretty, cheerful Australian also took 5th place at the Turin Olympics.