After two days of variable and stormy conditions, Laax woke up to a bluebird day for the Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Finals at the Burton European Open presented by MINI. Christy Prior (NZL) and Stale Sandbech (NOR) went away as the 2015 BEO Slopestyle Champions.
- Photographer Credit Marcel Laemmerhirt / Burton / Red Bull Content Pool
(ISN) – LAAX, (Switzerland) — Since eliminations were cancelled both Thursday and Friday due to weather, today meant all invited riders had their chance at the title. 16 women and 32 men had two runs to impress the judges with their best tricks on the pristine SnowPark course.
It was Christy Prior from New Zealand who put together a beautiful first run complete with a frontside 540 nosetap to half Cab, frontside 50-50, straight air to frontside 540, Cab underflip melon, frontside 720 melon and a backside 540 indy, scoring an 84.00. Prior went away with the BEO slopestyle title at her first time at the event. “I am super stoked!” she said. “It’s my first time here, and I had a great week riding fresh powder, and today with bluebird skies—it’s been awesome.”
Holding strong behind Prior, was 2014 Slopestyle Olympic Gold Medalist, from South Lake Tahoe, CA, Jamie Anderson. Coming in third was Finland’s Enni Rukajärvi, stomping a clean second run.
Photographer Credit Marcel Laemmerhirt / Burton / Red Bull Content Pool
The men lined up after the ladies, and they were ready to throw down for the BEO title. It was anybody’s game up until the final few runs when Stale Sandbech (NOR) and Mark McMorris (CAN) went head to head. While McMorris held on to his first run score of an 85.60 settling into the top spot throughout the finals, Sandbech came back with a flawless last run, scoring a 91.40. McMorris was last to go, but couldn’t hold on, settling in second with an 85.60. Sandbech’s run included a frontside 540 nosetap to Cab 540, frontside blunt 270 out, double crippler indy, backside 1260 mute, Cab 1260 melon and a frontside 1080 indy, landing him his first BEO Slopestyle win.
“I wanted to be on the podium so bad and I knew it would be hard with so many good riders,” said Sandbech. “Laax is a very special place for me because I had my first international contest here years ago.” Torstein Horgmo (NOR) also had a solid run score of 83.25, which was enough for third.
The final day of the BEO continues tomorrow with Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Finals beginning at 10:30 CET. The action will be live on burton.com/beo and the broadcast on Red Bull TV online.