Monday Feb 23, 2015

Yuki Kadono makes history at Air + Style LA

The first-ever Air + Style Big Air event in LA will go down in both the history books and the record books as Yuki Kadono took the victory and Stale Sandbech was crowned World Tour champion.

As the famous contest touched down on US soil for the first time, Japanese rider Kadono made history in the Super Final by landing the first Switch Backside Triple Cork 1620 seen in competition.

The trick earned him a near-perfect score of 48.5 and left Canada’s Seb Toutant trailing over 20 points behind in the overall standings, with Sandbech in third.

However, a place in the finals was enough for Sandbech to seal the honour of becoming the first Air+Style World Tour Champion, and take home the ring of glory.

The Norwegian rider finished second at the opening event in Beijing, topped the podium in Innsbruck and was favourite to take the crown in the USA until Kadono’s epic final runs.

Kadono finished second in the overall race for the world title with Toutant coming in third and Peetu Piiroinen, probably the biggest threat to Sandbech before he failed to make the final in LA, ended up in fourth.

An historic weekend for the event continued on Sunday when the world’s best freestyle skiers were invited to Air+Style for the first time.

Unfortunately bad weather forced the finals to be cancelled and, with the round one scores being used to determine a winner, Gus Kenworthy came out on top with an overall score of 86.23, with Alex Bellemare and Vincent Gagnier close behind.

Kadono, Toutant and Sandbech celebrate on the podium in LA

Snowboard Final Results

Rank Last Name First Name Points Country
1 Kadono Yuki 95.26 Japan
2 Toutant Sebastien 70.13 Canada
3 Sandbech Stale 65.65 Norway
4 McMorris Mark 58.65 Canada
5 Thorgren Sven 44.72 Sweden
6 Truchon Antoine 71.92 Canada
7 Hansen Kim Rune 57.35 Norway
8 Parrot Maxence 49.32 Canada
9 Piiroinen Peetu 45.93 Finland
10 Willett Eric 16.93 United States
11 Kotsenburg Sage 54.42 United States
12 Horgmo Torstein 53.19 Norway
13 Ulsletten Emil 35.89 Norway
14 Mattsson Niklas 25.85 Sweden
15* Morgan Billy   GBR
16** Bergrem Torgeir   Norway

* Billy Morgan Dropped out due to injury in RD 1 ** Torgeir Bergrem DNS

Ski Final Results

Due to weather and environmental conditions, for safety reasons, the decision was made to cancel the ski finals competition.

The standings from Round 1 were used as the final results.

Rank Lastname Firstname Country Total
1 Kenworthy Gus USA 86.23
2 Bellemare Alex CAN 85.68
3 Gagnier Vincent CAN 85.39
4 Wells Jossi NZL 85.12
5 Braaten Oystein NOR 84.69
6 Brown Bobby USA 84.52
7 Christensen Joss USA 84.11
8 Mahler Kai SUI 83.98
9 Wester Oscar SWE 82.82
10 Hunder Pk NOR 82.19
11 Walker Matt USA 82.05
12 Woods James GBR 81.42
13 Tjäder Jesper SWE 81.12
14 Wallisch Tom USA 72.82
15 Schlopy Alex USA 57.46
16 Morrison Noah CAN 56.82

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