Falls Creek, Australia – Friday 28th August: Sebastien Toutant from Quebec, Canada, has taken the World No.1 position on the Swatch TTR Ranking List after winning the title of 2009 Grandmaster at the 4Star Stylewars in Falls Creek, Australia.
Toutant, 16, has made history as the youngest rider to ever rank number one and is also the youngest rider to ever win the notorious Stylewars snowboard competition, which has been running for seven years.
Toutant has now knocked Mason Aguirre (USA) off the TTR throne and is "super stoked" and will try his hardest to stay on top; "It feels really good to be the youngest ranking number one. I'm leading in the TTR right now, but it's not to say I will win the TTR."
In competition, Toutant was in a league of his own, throwing down several Double Cork 10s, and even stomping a flawless Double Cork 12 – his first ever in competition. In claiming the Stylewars Grandmaster title, Toutant takes home a cash prize of $7,000.
Charles Reid (CAN), 19, last year's Grandmaster, worked hard to defend his title with an impressive performance including a Michael Chuck on the two-story high wall ride. In the end, however, Reid ranked third place overall for the Stylewars event and moved up to TTR World No. 2.
Second place at Stylewars was taken by current World No. 29, Norwegian Mikkel Bang, also 19, who claimed the $1,500 prize for Best Trick. He stomped an incredible Switch-Back-1260 over the 80-foot jump, blowing everyone away.
This was a stellar performance from Bang who has recently recovered from two surgeries due to torn ligaments in his foot. He says, "The jump was so much fun, everyone was killing it, and I don't know what to say. I'm just stoked to win the Best Trick. I was injured for a while and it was wicked to jump switch backside again."
The 80-foot booter was the first feature in the specially made park for riders to hit. With a steep landing riders were then able to choose from a selection of other jibs and smaller jumps including a unique pole jib, a down rail, a wall ride and a tire bonk.
After four days of wind-hold which delayed the competition, head judge Mel Simmons commented, "I am so stoked that the weather pulled through for the boys and we were able to come up with a result. They all rode so well, it was absolutely outstanding."
Representing his home turf, Australian rider Chris DeCampo, 17, rode exceptionally with a mix of stylish 3s and 5s as well as shredding the rails.
Chris Kroell, who came ninth place and now sits in TTR World No. 34, was one of three Austrian riders who made it to the event. In his second appearance from his visit in 2006, he said that the jump was even better than the last time he was here. And after four days of waiting for the weather to clear, he was thrilled: "This was definitely worth the wait. I think everyone is really happy now that we have finally run the contest. I came here 5000 miles, and it would be a shame to have stayed inside the lodge the entire time. This is what we are here for – for the riding, here for the tour, and to progress. We are really happy."
Eric Willett (USA), who came in fourth place overall, agreed: "Yeah it was so much fun. With a jam you don't have to worry about stomping everything every time, you know. You can try something else and do anything you want." Willett has now moved up an extraordinary 14 places from 18th to fourth place in the Swatch TTR world rankings.
Event Director Richard Hegarty said, "I am so happy to be able to come up with a result. The riders were having a great time, and considering the conditions we were dealt, the course was really fun."
Not far from the Stylewars competition site, the Tour continued on Saturday at the 3Star Boost SnoSho and in New Zealand for the 3Star Billabong Bro Down. Both competitions were dominated by Canadians with Mark Sollars walking away with the SnoSho title and Zak Stone taking home the Bro Down win. Current Swatch TTR World Tour leader Jamie Anderson was the best female rider in New Zealand closely followed by European youngster and current world no. 2, Sarka Pancochova (CZE).
For more information on all events, full results and rankings as well as videos go to ttrworldtour.com. With a short break, the Tour now heads towards the Northern Hemisphere winter.
- 1. Sebastien Toutant (CAN)
- 2. Mikkel Bang (NOR)
- 3. Charles Reid (CAN)
- 4. Eric Willett (USA)
- 5. Sage Kotsenburg (USA)
- 6. Matts Kulisek (CAN)
- 7. Michael Stanschitz (AUT)
- 8. Keiran McLaughlin (AUS)
- 9. Chris Kroell (AUT)
- 10. Chris DeCampo (AUS)
Top 10 Season 09/10 TTR World Snowboard Rankings as of 08.29.2009