World Skiing Invitational | AFP World Tour Finals
Whistler BC • April 10-19, 2015
BOBBY BROWN & YUKI TSUBOTA WIN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WORLD SKIING INVITATIONAL SLOPESTYLE AND VINCENT GAGNIER & GIULIA TANNO WIN GIBBONS BIG AIR AT THE WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL! TORIN YATER-WALLACE AND ANNALISA DREW WIN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WORLD SKIING INVITATIONAL HALFPIPE FINALS AT THE WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IN WHISTLER, BC WHILE KELTIE HANSEN AND ALEX FERREIRA WIN THE SUPERHIT.
April 12, 2015 – The World Skiing Invitational (WSI) continued yesterday at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in the Blackcomb Terrain Park at Whistler Blackcomb. Bobby Brown and Yuki Tsubota took the wins in the men’s and women’s Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour Finals Slopestyle and Vincent Gagnier and Giulia Tanno came out on top at the AFP World Tour Finals Gibbons Big Air.
In the best-of two run Men’s Slopestyle Finals, Bobby Brown (USA) held on to the highest score of 88.67, landing him on top of the podium with an $8,000 cheque. Taking home $4,500 in second place was McRae Williams (USA) with a score of 87.92 and rounding out the podium in third place for $2,000 was Antoine Adelisse (FRA) with an 86.25.
Whistler local Yuki Tsubota (CAN) brought her top game to the Women’s Slopestyle Finals earning her a score of 80.50 and a well-deserved first place and $5,000. Finishing the Slopestyle season strong in second and third places for $3,000 and $1,500 was Katie Summerhayes (GBR) with a 78.33 and Kim Lamarre (CAN) with a score of 74.00.
Although the location of the Gibbons Big Air jump may have changed this year, the game was the same as skiers wowed the crowd on Blackcomb Mountain Saturday afternoon. In the average score from the best two out of three jump format, Vincent Gagnier (CAN) showcased his signature smooth style with a perfect right 1620 with a genie grab and a right 1260 with an octo grab earning him the top score of 88.50 and the grand prize of a 2015 Arctic Cat M 800 153 sled, valued at approximately $16,000. James Woods (GBR) grabbed second place and $4,000 with a switch right 1080 with lead octo grab and a well executed right 1260 tail grab for a score of 84.83. In third place winning $2,000 was Elias Ambuehl (SUI), stomping a left double 1260 tail grab and a switch left 1260 mute Japan grab for a score of 82.33.
The Women’s Big Air competition was run simultaneously with the Women’s Slopestyle and it was Giulia Tanno’s (SUI) switch 900 that earned her a score of 83.50 for first place and a new GIANT Reign bike. Katie Summerhayes (GBR) threw a 1080 with a japan grab for a score of 79.50 to earn second place and $1,000 and Sennheiser Momentum headphones. In third place, winning $500 and Sennheiser Momentum headphones was Yuki Tsubota (CAN) who threw a 720 tail grab for a score of 77.50.
On the final day of the World Skiing Invitational (WSI) at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) in Whistler, BC, it was Torin Yater-Wallace and Annalisa Drew who took the wins in the men’s and women’s Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour Halfpipe Finals.
The stacked men’s field put on an impressive show on Blackcomb Mountain, but it was Yater-Wallace (USA) whose huge amplitude and smooth style earned him a score of 94.00 for first place and an $8,000 cheque. In second place, earning $4,500, was Lyman Currier (USA) with a score of 88.67, and rounding out the podium in third place for $2,000 was Byron Wells (NZL) with a score of 87.67.
Annalisa Drew (USA) led the charge on the ladies side with a score of 90.33, landing her on top of the podium with a $5,000 cheque. In a close second with a score of 88.33 was Keltie Hansen (CAN), taking home $3,000 and in third place earning $1,500 was Devin Logan (USA) with a score of 80.33.
The crowd favorite and rider-judged Superhit event closed out the day of competition in the Halfpipe where Keltie Hansen (CAN) and Alex Ferreira (USA) took the crowns with their amplitude and technicality out of the pipe. To add to her successful day, Hansen grabbed the first place prize of a Giant XTC bike and Sennheiser Momentum headphones. Ferreira launched out of the halfpipe to take the win in the men’s division, earning him a Giant Anthem bike and Sennheiser Momentum headphones.
Eliminations Friday April 10 1015am-330pm | Blackcomb Terrain Park
Finals Saturday April 11 1030am-12pm [postponed from April 10]
Awards 930pm Mainstage Skiers Plaza
Slopestyle is a hugely integrated and technically challenging discipline, featuring jumps, rails, and features to challenge and intimidate even the best skiers in the world. With Slopestyle skiing having debuted successfully at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, its popularity is steadily growing. The WSI Slopestyle will be taking place in the Nintendo Terrain Park on Blackcomb Mountain. The line drops from above the gated entrance and uses the entire left side with a combo of huge jumps and mind-blowing features. The right-side jumps will be open to the public throughout the week with the exception of the days when the Slopestyle and Big Air events are on. On those days the right line will be open for spectators viewing the event.
RESULTS MEN'S ELIMINATIONS | April 10
RESULTS FINALS | April 11
Women: 1st Yuki Tsubota | 2nd Katie Summerhayes | 3rd Kim Lamarre
Men: 1st Bobby Brown | 2nd McRae Williams | 3rd Antoine Adelisse
Gibbons Big Air
Saturday, April 11 | 1215pm-330pm | Blackcomb Terrain Park
Awards 930pm Mainstage Skiers Plaza
This year the Gibbon’s Big Air will take place in the Nintendo Terrain Park on Blackcomb Mountain. The who’s who of the ski world will throw down in the park while spectators watch in awe from the sidelines. Be prepared to witness the mind-boggling raw talent of these ski superstars as they battle it out for the big money, the coveted title of Big Air Champion and the endless bragging rights of coming out on top at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.
RESULTS FINALS | April 11
Women: 1st Giulia Tanno | 2nd Katie Summerhayes | 3rd Yuki Tsubota
Men: 1st Vincent Gagnier | 2nd James Woods | 3rd Elias Ambuehl
Halfpipe and Superhit
Sunday April 12 | 1015am-345pm | Blackcomb Superpipe
Awards 530pm Mainstage Skiers Plaza
Final day of the World Skiing Invitational / AFP World Tour Finals see the return of the Halfpipe competition and the crowd favourite, rider judged Superhit contest.
RESULTS MEN'S ELIMINATIONS | April 12
Women's Halfpipe: 1st Annalisa Drew | 2nd Keltie Hansen | 3rd Devin Logan
Women's Superhit: Keltie Hansen
Men Halfpipe: 1st Torin Yater Wallace | 2nd Lyman Currier | 3rd Byron Wells
Men's Superhit: Alex Ferreria
All events will be aired on ABC series, The World of X Games on April 25.
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