Chloe Kim is the youngest World Snowboard Tour Overall Champion
Kelly Clark and Taku Hiraoka are the 2014 World Snowboard Tour Halfpipe Champions
Stale Sandbech takes World Snowboard Tour Overall and Slopestyle trophies home
Maxence Parrot is the 2014 Big Air Champion
Jamie Anderson takes 3rd World Snowboard Tour Trophy home
Vail, Colorado – March 8th 2014
Under perfect conditions in Vail, Colorado today, last year’s Champion Kelly Clark (USA) and Taku Hiraoka (JAP) won the World Snowboard Tour Halfpipe Championship titles. Kelly and Taku have been the most consistent Halfpipe riders of the 2013-2014 season.
Kelly dominated today’s contest right from the start, grabbing the win with her second run; Frontside 1080 Indy - Cab 720 Mute Grab - Indy to Mute Grab - Backside 540 Tail Grab - Frontside 900 Indy - Backside Air.
It is her 4th World Snowboard Tour title, and her second consecutive in the Halfpipe category. ‘’It is always a great feeling to be awarded but I still don’t ride to win any titles; it’s much more about progressing the sport for me and having fun with that for as long as I can."
Taku went big in the finals and became second behind Taylor Gold (USA) in the finals.He secured his halfpipe title with a 86.88 score ahead of rivals Louie Vito and Christian Haller. His run consisted of a Frontside 540 Indy - Backside 900 Mute Grab - Frontside Double Cork 1080 Stalefish Melon Grab - Cab Double Cork 1080 Indy - Frontside 1260 Tail Grab.
‘''I wanted to really get the first place here, but the pipe was so good I really enjoyed it anyway... Being the World Snowboard Tour Champion was such great news, and it makes this day for the highlight of my season!''
Chloe Kim (USA) youngest World Snowboard Tour Overall Champion ever
‘’This feels great, it is a big surprise, I never really pay attention to my results, I just care about having fun when I ride, both in the Halfpipe and the Slopestyle I will definitely try to do more Slope contests next year. ’’
Chloe was the biggest surprise on Tour this season, in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle contests she entered, taking silver at the X Games Halfpipe contest in Aspen and 3rd place here athe the Burton US Open in Vail. Though not many female riders compete in both Slopestyle and Halfpipe regularly, Chloe beat competitors like last year’s Champion Sarka Pancochova (CZE) and Enni Rukajärvi (FIN).
Champions Jamie Anderson and Stale Sandbech both dominated the Slopestyle courses this season, on Tour and at the Olympics in Sochi. In addition to his First Slopestyle Title, Stale reclaimed his Overall Trophy. Stale was close to take the Big Air Title as well, but it was Maxence Parrot that snatched this one from Stale with his X Games Gold medal in the Big Air competition.
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Picture bottom left: Chloe Kim - Credits: Dean Blotto Gray
Picture bottom right: Taku Hiraoka