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Friday, September 5, 2008
Aguirre And Teter Take Burton Australian Open Pipe

By Press Release
TTR World Tour

Perisher Blue, Australia—Despite the warm weather conditions competitors certainly managed to bring it all together for an impressive finale in the Swatch TTR 5Star Burton Australian Open Halfpipe. Mason Aguirre (USA) pushed it all the way through the session, overpowering a strong field of riders to claim his first TTR 5Star Event Title and 3rd result of the season. Hannah Teter (USA) made her triumphant return to the pipe scene, dominating the entire event to take both her first event result and title of the 08/09 season.

The men's field was loaded with Title hopefuls and many riders looking to break into the TTR Top 10. Favored to excel from the get go was reigning 2008 Swatch TTR World Tour Champion Kevin Pearce (USA), who entered his first major competition in Perisher Blue since his World Title win at the 2008 Burton US Open Championships. Pearce finished 4th in the pipe to find a place in the TTR Top 20. Chas Guldemond (USA), who finished 5th behind Pearce, managed to stay on top of the Swatch TTR Rankings as Tour Leader, setting himself up handsomely for the upcoming Slopestyle showdown.

In third was Finland's Markus Malin, who earned a spot on the podium with sick 7s, a huge BS 9 and always-stylish FS Air and heads into the Slopestyle as Swatch TTR World No. 6. US rider Luke Mitrani, currently TTR No. 4, put on a spectacular show with his mind-boggling amplitude in a slow pipe that made others struggle. His massive FS 9, tweaked Japan and jaw dropping Switch Double Backflip to Fakie amped up the contest considerably. Not to be outdone by the younger Mitrani brother, Mason Aguirre stole the show on his third run, nailing his Cab 10, FS 9, Chuck Flip and Alley-oop 7 to claim victory and a position just outside the TTR Top 10 at World No. 13.

Although many spectators were looking to Jamie Anderson for a repeat of her major success in New Zealand, a win in the Australian Pipe was not in the cards. Nevertheless, Anderson managed to stick a solid run for third place and further extend her already formidable lead as women's Swatch TTR Tour Leader. Polish shredder Paulina Ligocka was the only rider to challenge first place rider Hannah Teter, putting up FS 7s and 9s complete with solid Methods and McTwists, but Teter's dominance could not be outdone, locking in a FS 5 Stale, BS5 and Switch 7 to reach the top of the podium.

Attention now heads towards the upcoming Slopestyle competition that'll have Guldemond and Anderson feeling the pressure despite their comfortable lead. The fight for the World No. 2 spot behind Chas is on with Janne Korpi's Finish clean technicality and experience versus talent and energy from the youngsters Charles Reid (CAN) and Luke Mitrani (USA), both only 18 years of age. Switzerland's Stephan Maurer rounds up the Swatch TTR Top 5 and certainly needs to style his tricks even harder to fight back a strong Euro force. Malin (FIN), Sörman (SWE) and Torstein Horgmo (NOR) all with Southern Hemisphere 3Star to 5Star podium results under their belts are certain to take this momentum to the Perisher Blue Slopestyle course tomorrow. And with the likes of Mason Aguirre, Mikkel Bang and current Swatch TTR World Champion Kevin Pearce lurking just outside the Top 10, the battle for the end of season prize money will be on downunder already.

Jamie Anderson, known for her buttery expertise in Slopestyle contests, will once again have Hannah Teter to deal with. Teter hopes to make the Women's TTR Top 5 alongside Kimmy Fasani (USA) and Whistler local Kara Rennie (CAN), who could even jump into World No.2. With such an immense field of heavy hitters, expect an action-packed finale that'll have you wishing the Northern-Hemisphere's winter began next week.

RESULTS HALFPIPE MEN:
1-Mason Aguirre (USA)
2-Luke Mitrani (USA)
3-Markus Malin (FIN)
4-Kevin Pearce (USA)
5-Chas Guldemond (USA)
6-Danny Davis (USA)
7-Kosuke Hosokawa (JPN)
8-Jack Mitrani (USA)
9-Keir Dillon (USA)
10-Stephan Maurer (SUI)

HALFPIPE RESULTS WOMEN:
1-Hannah Teter (USA)
2-Paulina Ligocka (POL)
3-Jamie Anderson (USA)
4-Erin Tanner (AUS)
5-Lauren Staveley (AUS)
6-Kimmy Fasani (USA)
7-Alicia Barker (AUS)
8-Melanie Lappas (AUS)
9-Amber Arazny (AUS)
10-Jasmin Gallop (AUS)