September 10, 2008 -The skies opened up for some beautiful blue bird conditions as riders pushed through an almost too-soft-to-handle Slopestyle course at the 2008 Swatch TTR 5 Star Burton Australian Open Snowboarding Championships. A brutal Australian sun kept competitors on their toes, but with exemplary prowess on all fronts, US rider Jamie Anderson claimed the final Slopestyle Titles of the Southern Hemisphere portion of the Swatch TTR World Tour and enters the Northern Hemisphere season as Tour leader.
During the early rounds of the semi-finals no one was able to tell who would break away, as most snowboarders seemed to keep things mellow, feeling out the course and scoping out the competition. Once finals commenced however, events changed dramatically.
Qualifying first in the semis, current World No. 1 Jamie Anderson continued her Slopestyle domination through all three run of the finals. While most riders failed to connect tricks and stick their landings, Anderson stomped her textbook Cab 5s, solid 3s and a sick FS 7 in her final run to cruise her way to the top of the podium. With her victory, Jamie extends her Tour lead that has her almost 300 points ahead of the two Aussie girls Lauren Staveley and Michaela Davis-Meehan now sitting in World No. 2 and 3 after their finishes in 8th and 9th position of the Slopestyle.
“I’m stoked!” said Jamie. “There’s less pressure going into the Northern Hemisphere now because I did the whole Southern Hemisphere and scored some good results. Let the good times roll!”
Don’t know about you – but we can’t wait for the NH tour to begin!