Chanelle Sladics Wins Asian Open


The 5Star Nissan X-Trail Asian Open in Alts Bandai, Japan, saw riders going head to head in one of the last remaining Slopestyle contests of the season. Under blue skies, Oakley’s Chanelle Sladics (USA) took the title, earning 850 Swatch TTR ranking points and $15 000 USD.

Despite Japan’s unusual lack of snow, the shaping crew at Alts Bandai had constructed a sick course which brought out the best in every participating rider. It was comprised of a street style down rail, two perfect kickers and a box, to a flat down box. The three run format gave riders a chance to mix it up and ensured the level of riding progressed steadily throughout the day.

Sladics rode solidly all day and snatched victory in her final run, stomping a FS Boardslide to Fakie, followed by a massive Cab 5 Mute to FS 5 Indy, to FS Tailslide to Fakie. In doing so she earned her first ever Swatch TTR victory and moved into World No.24.

“I made the first place,” she said. “That feels amazing. I will definitely be working my way up on the TTR and I think that will help”, she said.

Oakley’s Silvia Mittermueller (GER) now sits in World No.7, able to break into the TTR Top 5 at the end of the season.


Tess Weaver


March 04, 2009