American takes first place at Billabong Ante Up on Canada Day

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 5, 2011 8:54 am

Billabong Ante Up, presented by Von Zipper went down at the top of Whistler Mountain today with the day started off slow with some cloudy skies and even some snow to remind us all that even if it’s July 1st, anything is possible. In the end though, the weather warmed and the riders went about their business by destroying the 90 foot big air jump.

Eric Willett from USA taking home the first place prize of $20,000 with second place going to Sebastien Toutant of Canada with a cab double corked 1260 melon, and Dash Kamp of USA rounded out the podium taking third place.  

With strong riding all day, Willett not only qualified first in the preliminaries but backed it up in the finals by taking the top spot, with a switch backside double corked 1260 mute.  By qualifying first, Willett held the final run of the day, which turned into a laid out backflip victory lap. ”What a killer way to start the summer.  The event was super fun, and obviously I’m stoked to come out on top,” Willett said after winning.

Sebastien Toutant’s 1260 melon was the same trick that won him last year’s 2010 Billabong Ante Up event, but unfortunately had him coming up just shy for 2011.  Second place got him to take home $12,500 for his efforts.  Kamp’s final run of the day was a double corked 1080 mute, which rewarded him $8,000 for his third place.

Sage Kotsenberg (USA), Uki Kodono (Japan), Zach Stone (Canada), Roope Tonteri (Finland), Jeremy Thompson (USA), Gjermund Braaten (Germany), and Chas Guldemond (USA) rounded out the top 10 spots.