Once again it was time for one of the biggest of the big, big air snowboard events on the planet! The Oakley/Shawn White Beijing Air & Style. On December 3rd the first of two 6 star TTR Air & Style events kicked off in the Beijing Olympic stadium a.k.a. "The Birds Nest".
The Ride team was well represented with three of our top big air competitors, Sebastien Toutant of Canada, Yuki Kadono of Japan and Clemens Schattschneider of Austria. Sebestian was back to defend his title winning last years Beijing Air & Style with a cab 1260 double cork and was poised to step up his game as this year the riding was sure to be next level. Yuki Kadono the youngster on the team at age 14 held nothing back on the monster of scaffolding that was the jump. Yuki wasnt able to break into the qualifying rounds but put on a great show throughout the event and gained a wealth of experience.
Clemens like Yuki are fairly new to this level of competition but have climbed the ranks fast and have become more and more comfortable amongst the big names. Clemens qualified in 4th calling Sebs number in the head to head elimination round format. Clemens couldnt put down his landing gear and Seb was able to move on to the next round and face the eventual winner Ulrik Badertscher. Ulrik unleashed a backside 1260 double cork and after 2 of 3 runs Seb had to try a backside 1260 rodeo to top Ulriks high score of the day.
It was an insane battle and with Seb only trying this trick 1080 it was time to step it up. Seb landed the trick first try but with a slight sketch on the landing Seb would have to settle with the satisfaction of learning a new trick. Ulrik went on to win the contest but also take a $10,000 bonus prize for most innovative trick. It was a great finals and all the participants brought their A-Game. We will see it all go down again at the Innsbruck Air & Style February 4th 2012!