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The 2011 Burton New Zealand Open Day 2 Halfpipe Qualifying

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Snowboarding News | Thursday August 11, 2011 | Shared By: TTR

The
action at the 2011 Burton New Zealand Open presented by MINI (BNZO)
continued on day two in the 22-foot Olympic sized halfpipe.  Another
perfect day on the mountain made for great conditions in the pipe as 56
men and 26 women battled it out for advancement to the semi-finals.
Those that made the cut today will compete against halfpipe greats and
invited riders, Danny Davis (USA), Queralt Castellet (ESP), Hannah Teter
(USA), Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) and Kelly Clark (USA) in the
semi-finals on Friday and Saturday.


Starting
the day off, Men’s pre-qualifiers were split into two exciting heats
where the top 25 men advanced to the qualifiers later in the
day.  Kazuumi Fujita (JPN) and Brett Esser (USA) stayed strong
throughout pre-qualifiers and qualifiers as they were both top five in
their first heats and continued on to the top two seats in the
qualifiers.  Esser dominated the day coming out in first place overall
with a strong second run that scored 81.58 points.  Starting with a
Frontside 1080 Tail Grab, he then moved into a Cab 720 Lien, Frontside
900 Tail Grab and Backside 900.  Fujita was not far behind in second
place with a second run that scored him 80.98 points.  He earned the
high score with a Crippler, Backside 540, Frontside 720, Cab 720 and
Frontside 900.  In third place was another strong Japanese rider, Ikkou
Anai
, who scored 80.70 points in his last run of the day.  Others that
made the cut today were Tore Holvik (NOR), Sato Shuhei (JPN) and Dylan
Bidez
(USA).


The
women’s halfpipe qualifiers kept the action in the air as 26 women
competed for 5 spots that will advance to Friday’s
semi-finals.  Japanese riders killed it in the pipe today with Haruna
Matsumoto
winning first and Hikaru Oe closing out the top
three.  Matsumoto’s second run earned her first place with a scoring run
of 83.65 and included a Frontside Air, Method Air, Frontside 540,
Backside 540 and Frontside 720.  In second place was New Zealand’s own
Rebecca Sinclair who scored 82.53 points in her second run with a
Frontside 720 Melon Grab, Cab 360, Frontside 540, Backside 540,
Stalefish and Method Air.  Rounding out the top 5 today was Xuetong Cai
(CHN) and Holly Crawford (AUS). 


Based on feedback from global coaches and team managers earlier in the
week, the SLS system was used in pipe qualifiers for the first time ever
with a modified system where two judges (rather than one, used
previously) looked at each hit in the pipe.
FEATURED: Danny Davis | Hannah Teter | Burton | Burton |