The Billabong Ante Up competition took to the Blackcomb glacier at Camp of Champions on Saturday, and displayed a dizzying level of talent that marked the new level of riding that will be be a fixture all season on the 2010-11 Swatch TTR World Tour. The event was contested on a massive 75-foot gap jump, and brought out 40 competitors who were all gunning for a chunk of the $50,000 prize purse and the all-important 850 TTR ranking points.
All riders were putting down jaw-dropping tricks all day, but when the contest wrapped, it was clearly a match for who could stomp the best double cork 1260 variation. Seb Toutant would edge out all other entrants, and took the $20,000 dollar novelty check after laying down his first ever Cab double cork 1260 in a contest.
In the end, it would actually be an all-Canadian podium as in second place was Matts Kulisek (CAN) who landed a backside double cork 1260, earning $15,000 for his efforts. Third place finisher Mark McMorris (CAN) would also join the double cork 1260 extravaganza, as he put down a $10,000-worthy frontside double cork 12.
Recap of the Billabong Ante Up Finals
Noticeably absent from the field were Norwegian Big Air specialists Torstein Horgmo and Halldor Helgason, who were both nursing injuries that kept them out of the contest.
The Swatch TTR World Tour will now move to the Southern Hemisphere in August for the next major stop, which will be the Burton New Zealand Open.