The 5Star Nissan X-Trail Asian Open in Alts Bandai, Japan last week saw riders going head to head in one of the last remaining Slopestyle contests of the season. Under blue skies, SoCal native Chanelle Sladics took the title, earning 850 Swatch TTR ranking points and $15,000 USD.
Despite Japan’s unusual lack of snow, the shaping crew at Alts Bandai constructed a sick course which brought out the best in every participating rider. It was comprised of a street style down rail, two perfect kickers and a box, to a flat down box. The three run format gave riders a chance to mix it up and ensured the level of riding progressed steadily throughout the day.
The level of riding in the women’s final was at an all time high, with all the riders landing difficult combos on the rails and jumps. Sladics (a triple-threat who surfs, skateboards and snowboards) rode solidly all day and snatched victory in her final run, stomping a Frontside Boardslide to Fakie, followed by a massive Cab 5 Mute to FS 5 Indy, to FS Tailslide to Fakie. In doing so she earned her first ever Swatch TTR victory and moved into World No.24.
“I’ve never won a contest, I’m ecstatic!” Sladics said. “The girls who are here are the same girls I look up to and ride with, and it is crazy where the level of riding has gone this season.” Love it when a local girl tops the podium so congrats!
In second place, Jamie Anderson (USA) showed why she is in the lead for the Burton Global Open Series title this season. Despite being out for the past 6 weeks from an injury sustained at the European Open, she was still ruling the course with smooth 5s and Tailslides.. “I am stoked. It was a good day and some fun times. The girls were killing it today”, said Anderson. In third place was Silvia Mittermuller (GER), who has great momentum right now, coming off her win at the Canadian Open.
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3rd Place Dew Tour West Dover, VT Mount Snow 2009
8th Place Dew Tour -Colorado Breckenridge 2008
6th Place Slopestyle Vans Cup 2006
3rd Place Nikita Chikita, Tahoe Slopestyle 2005
2nd Place Slopestyle Grand Prix Bachelor 2005
3rd Place Burton Snowjam Slopestyle 2004
2nd Place Queen of the mountain Slopestyle 2004
1st Place Queen of the mountain Rail Jam 2004