It was a tough day of Slopestyle riding due to incredibly inconsistent snow conditions but US rider Chas Guldemond and Kjersti Oestgaard-Buaas of Norway managed to push through the weather and a tough field of competitors to become the men’s and women’s Slopestyle champs at the Swatch TTR 6Star Burton US Open.
On top of his 6Star title and TTR World No. 2 position, Chas was also crowned the overall winner of the Burton Global Open Series, taking home $100 000, with Kjersti setting her sights on the women’s TTR World Tour Title.
As the day progressed and the finals approached, speed became less of an issue. After 15 male riders posted their first scores, Guldemond stepped up to the plate and stomped a line that would remain untouched throughout the remainder of the three run final. Chas stuck a Frontboard 270 out, 50-50 to Backside 180, Switch Backside Rodeo 900, an insane Backside 1260, a Cab 900 and a Backside Rodeo for first place and another $20 000 USD.
“It feels great!” Said Chas after his big win. “My body is pretty much numb. I really don’t have any feeling in my body right now and don’t know what to think really. It was my goal at the beginning of the season to be good at both the tours and I pulled it off and I’m stoked.”
Guldemond who performed consistently well throughout the season finished his TTR season as World No. 2 right behind the 08/09 Swatch TTR Tour Champion Peetu Piiroinen, who finished in 4th in the Slopestyle. Finnish rider Antti Autti who placed 5th, moved up one spot to TTR World No. 3 followed by Kevin Pearce (USA) in No. 4 and Risto Mattila (FIN) in No. 5.