From January 2nd until the 8th The O’Neill Evolution gathers the best Snowboarding talent in the world in Davos, Switzerland.
The 6 star Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour event is once again pushing new boundaries. The event for 2011 now holds a 6 star TTR rating for both the women’s Slopestyle as well as the Halfpipe. And this year also sees the 6 star rating for men extended to the 2-hit Slopestyle course for the first time.
The Halfpipe finals will take place on Friday January 7th as 10 riders hit the 6 metre high, 130 metre long and 20 metre wide pipe which sits impressively at the base of the Jakobshorn.
Saturday sees a day of Slopestyle finals that will run into a floodlit night finale as the riders take to the skies under the gasps of the crowds gathered at the foot of the course.
"We always want to bring something new and exciting to this event", said O’Neill Global Event Director, Bernhard Ritzer. "It’s called Evolution after all", he said. "This year we’re changing the Slopestyle radically following feedback from the riders for less but more challenging features, and a mix of day and night riding will bring variation and challenges for the riders".
In addition to the spectacular show ahead, there are also new developments behind the scenes. A new judging system – the Snowboard Live Scoring System (SLS) – will be introduced allowing everyone to see how judges give points by scoring each trick individually in a rider’s run and adding a flow score for the overall impression of the run.
With the top ten Swatch TTR World Tour Men invited and the top eight Women, this is bound to be a week of non-stop action. Male and female riders from around the world will be making the trip to Davos to compete in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle formats for a piece of the $125,000 USD prize purse and a maximum of 1000 TTR World Ranking points. O’Neill Evolution is the first 6Star event on tour for the women and the second 6Star for the men after the Air & Style in Beijing.
For those not fortunate enough to attend the 6Star O’Neill Evolution in Davos, the finals for halfpipe on Friday, January 7th, 14: 30- 15:30 (CET), and slopestyle finals on Saturday, January 8th, 20:30-21:30 (CET), can be viewed live via webcast on http://www.ttrworldtour.com/ or on www.oneill.com/evolution.
The Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour is a non-profit organization aimed at establishing snowboarding as a major global sport while providing quality competitive experiences for snowboarders. Through the creation of the TTR World Ranking List and the TTR World Tour, the TTR is the world’s largest collaboration of independent freestyle snowboard events working together to create a global rookie-to-professional tour.