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Burton NZ Open - Day 1 HIghlights
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Thursday, 3 August 2006
Luca reports from the Burton NZ open - www.boarderzone.com
the finals have just finished and what a sick session- they went at it like lions in a zoo with the gate left open, that bluebird shifted off to the side and an edge of mist sat beside us flattening the light of and on so with marking on the kickers and knuckles they went at it!!!
The girls and guys were continuous - 3 runs each for the final.
The chair lift was chocker running up the side of the course giving overhead views to riders and hoots went out as the best throwdowns were seen.
Poulder and Jay shared the mic, cameras were rolling, records spinning and i was writing highlights as fast as the ink would come out of the pen,
I'll throw out a few highlights and we'll have the official results as soon as they come back from the judges.
Imagine the scene and here it goes....
Rails took a smashing - solid spins on and off, tail slides, nose presses a few pastings but always contained and riders showing polished & relaxed jib styles mixed with solid bombs
The kickers - well....the final showed a mix everything to straight stiffys, jamie lynn style methods, backflips, 180's 3'c, 540s, 7's everyway possible on to 900's, even 1080, and if you like you spin flat or corked then just put your order in at the top.
The wall ride had it going on as well - hand plants, rocks to fakie, over the back etc etc..
Bottom rail and gap to rail - fast and slow spins on and off, backflip, slides all ways.
here are some run combo highlights
107 Leanne Pelosi CAN fast board slide to cab 540 to b/sidecab 360
127 Abby Lockhart NZL, electric, Ride smooth 50/50's/bk tail side to front side 360 melon grab to backside 180 to f/s boardslide on the kinked down rail
133 Charmane Ironside CAN frontside 540 popped it big! to f/s 3 on knuckle pullig it back together to get a wall ride revert & out
143 Mary Sallah USA Bonfire rider, 5050 to boardslide out fakie into big cab 540's
141 Ellery Hollingsworth USA 2005 rookie of the year monster b/s 360
105 Emily Thompson AUST big tweaked b/s 180
106 Hana Beaman USA 5050 to boardslide to1/2 cab mute to corked back side 360 to 5050
54 Jah harris NZL solid b/s rail to corked backside 720 to f/s 900 mellon grab - huge!!!!
80 Scott Lago USA -backside 900 to huge method on second kicker -old skool - sweet!
93 Dustin Cravin CAN nose grab nose press down the box into b/s nose grab 720 to f/s tail grab 900 - mad style!!!!!
14 Mark Anderson NZL b/s corked 720 to f/s 720 -sweet combo
35 Mikkel Bang NOR fast on the rails to b/s cab 720 to switch b/s 900 huge! to backflip over the gap at the end
86 Stef Zeestraten NZL switch to frontside to boardslide to tail slide on rails into flatspin to boosting switch b/s 900 finishing with a wall ride hand plant
38 Danny Davis USA Burton, anolog - casual style frontside/ boardslide rails mean switch b/s 900 down to 180 to boardslide on the kink rail and out
15 Nick Brown NZL boardslide to cab 540 to switch b/s 900 to b/s 270 onto the downrail - killer run,
52 Will Jackways NZL - clean rails to f/s melon grab 720 flatspin to corked b/s 900 to stall on top of the wall ride to exit off the back.....yeah!
34 Jack Mitrani USA 5050 nose press to big cab 900 to B/s tailgrab 900
55 Tim Jackways NZL smooth f/s tailgrab 720 to big backside 720 - then gap 180 to 5050 the kinked down rail
40 Mason Aguirre USA smooth rails to big b/s 720 to huge f/s 900 solid grabs then 5050 on the down rail to 180 out,
77 Matts Kulisek CAN corked indy grab 720 - nice and swith b/s 900 huge in the second run
37 Kevin Pearce USA switch in - backside rail, cab backside 900 to massive 1080!!!!! then f/s 270 onto the kinked down rail and out - sweet
79 Steve Fisher USA Head, helly hanson - Cab 720 to switch backside 720 then gap to boardslide on the kinked downrail
04 Keiji Okamoto JPN fast rails into a big b/s 720 combo
71 Wallace Westfeldt USA flatspin f/s 720 to corked b/s 720
all of these runs of parts of were exceptional in their own uniqe styles to watch - while some of the same moves were thrown they are all different - sounds twisted but thats what i mean,
Prize giving has been on and the money in the hand of the winners - lots of noise heard in support of the competetors who all deserve mad props for serving up this level of action on the first day of the NZ Burton Open 06.
check for official results
see you tomorrow for the pipe qualifications and night 1/4 pipe
1.50pm round 2, finals coming soon
With legend skater dean hunt in the Snow park kitchen along with a big team - we are full and ready for the finals, Riders are sifting everywhere you look, resting , eating, riding or competeing. P digs is up there making calls with Jay, Phill Erikson from nz snowboarder mag miles from Boarderzone and heaps of other cameras and tv crews line the walls.
Womens finals are in a few minutes so i'll be as fast as possible - the second round - the sun is coming out to reveal bluebird on one side, cloud in the valley, 1/2 pipe parctice is finished and pipe closed for the comp tomorrow,
In the second round i moved about a bit - sitting under the first booter and watching riders boost over my head like a kid watching fireworks go off - it was an insane view - the different styles comming out - tweaks, stalled spins, pokes, different corked angles, some high some long, some wasted on the knuckle - at one stage a double backflip.
It's riding eyecandy here's a few highlights
luke -scotland - cab 540 first kicker
Danny Davis usa analog burton - front boardslide to b/s to 270 off first rail into switch b/s 540 to f/s 720 - sweet!
Jah harris NZ back lip slide 180 off, bacside 720 into front 720 tail grab, boardslide 270 out boardslide 270 out of the up box
2 brian Kayo B/s 540
29 jake black usa nose press 180 out to cab540 to massive front 720 to wallride rock to fakie
60 Zac usa switch 720
74 sabastian usa 5050 to front 540 on first kicker to dropped shoulder front cab
Stef Zest all in yellow cab 720 solid grab switch back 900 corked into wall ride hand plant
35 Mikkel Bang NOR back 540 solid to switch backside 900 to b/s disaster on the wall -yeah!!!
Dave Driscall usa burton team manager came to hang out on the kicker with me - stoked to see his boys tearing it apart, he's here with riders till around the 21 aug welcome back to NZ Dave,
after that Danny Davis came down for a sick run pointing a switch back 540 in some weird but super stylish way into a smooth big b/s 720 - nice
right i have to rip up there to catch the girls - there are heaps more highlights in my notes but i can't type fast enough
it will be sick to see the girls go off!!!!!
talk to you soon
first chair, qualification runs 11.45am
strapped up and on the chair to head up to the course, beside me are Luke Metrani & Keegan Valaika, to Cali boys from the USA getting ready for their 1st Run - atfer a couple of hand shakes and a good luck it was off to the top of the course to see the crew - Dyl Butt and Sonny Fisher organising the rippers all clustered around the top.
the action was all on/ still is - i had to tear myself away to rip back to base and fill you in.
The girls had run through so i'll catch the second and finals, it was the guys up, jesus they know how to fly!!!!
i'll try to list a few stand outs from the time i was there but to begin there are two box/rails one after the other followed by two huge booters and another gap/kinked rail or wall ride.
The was ill use of everything - a phone call from a mate mid way said shall i come up for a look? - what do you say? get your ass up here mate - you don't want to miss a minute!!!!!!
This is world riding at it's best and not even finals! big mixed entrant line-up, hoots from the side, tunes and mc commentry by jay.
here you go to list a few
77 - Matts Kuli switch b/s 720 into cab f/s 720 - switch bothways
52 Will Jackways Wanaka mafia -volcom/burton, switch boardslide into smooth front 720 to huge back 720
80 scotty Lago usa - big back inverted 720 to front 720 finished with rock to fakie on the box
108 Breton Lujan Usa -massive b/s 720 on the last kicker
Nick Brown NZ front b/slide to front 540 to corked switch 720 sweet run!!
Mitch Brown NZ B/s 720 to front 540 and cab on the kinked rail
34 Jack Metrani 5050 nose press to cab 720 wound right up on the first kicker
93 canada - not sure of name catches edge on first rail but answers back with switch cab 5 into huge back 900!
21 Fumiyuki M jpn - 5050/ 180 out on rail into cab 720 into corked 720 so twisted up - sick!
Takahiro jpn massive swith b/s 900 into frontside 900
K2/oakley rider not sure who huge cab 900s
Roland morley brown NZ ride electric sweet nose press 180 out switch back 5 sweet
Chris walker usa 2nd in revelation tour Big switch b/s 540 sweet style,
Quentin Robbins NZ f/s tail on rail to the fattest smooth 720!!!
overshooting the bottom then out
Keegan usa B/s to front board slide into f/s 720 leaned tail grab into b/s 720 cab spins the down rail - sick
Austin Noring USA - Massive 900 off bottom kicker
right i'm back up there - it's insane riding right from the start
Quote from mr burton NZ - Guy Alty " It's Showtime!"
he's right - i'll try and get as many goodies as possible for you so will talk again soon