Toutant Scores Silver in Men’s Snowboard Slope
So after a week of almost non-stop snow, clouds, fog, rain and ice the skies parted to provide an epic day of sunshine. The result was perhaps one of the best slopestyle contests in X Games history with the highest score in history being broken not once, but twice!
First off, the elimination round the day prior was cancelled due to weather producing the first ever “super final” on Friday. Finals usually run with eight riders getting three runs each. Instead all 23 snowboarders got two chances to go for Winter X Gold.
After the first runs Oakley’s top two young gun Canadians Mark McMorris and Seb Toutant were holding down two of the top three spots. Including a new record breaking score from Mr. Toutant, where he scored one point higher than the record breaking 97 he earned in the qualifiers at Winter X Games 15. His back lip to frontside 10 double cork to front board 450 out to cab 270 to fakie to cab 9 double cork and back 10 double cork earned him a score of 98.
The second run would showcase even more insane riding from all the riders, and prove a score that seemed almost impossible to beat would be… by The Oakley Arctic Challenge 2011 Champion, Chas Guldemond. In his epic run Chas not only won European Winter X Games 2 Snowboard Slopestyle, but reset the record books by scoring a 99.33 score. This near perfect score was not only a record setter for Winter X Games, but for any snowboard slopestyle contest in history.
Toutant was gracious in defeat. “The course was really tricky. Nobody really tried anything in practice, but as soon as the contest started it was insane,” he said. “I’m stoked. I didn’t ever think I could put that run down.”
Big ups to Seb Toots on being such a rad dude and collecting yet another award in his epic contest season. Oakley also produced three other top ten finishers out of the 23 man “super final” with Mark McMorris just finishing outside the medalists in 4th place, Staale Sandbech in 6th and Gjermund Braten in 9th.