Clark & Ladley winners of 5star Sprint US Snowboarding GP

Halfpipe queen Kelly Clark (USA) and Matt Ladley (USA) were the winners in the recently concluded 5star Sprint US Snowboarding Grand Prix held this weekend at Mammoth Lakes, California. Clark Moves to World No. 4 After taking Her Fifth Major TTR Title of the Season while Ladley Takes First Major TTR Title, and Benji Farrow Moves into World No. 9.

Men’s winners (Left to Right) Greg Bretz, Matt Ladely, Louie Vito
Women's winners (Left to Right) Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Sarah Conrad

Chumpy in scintillating form

3rd. Alex PULLIN 1st. Pierre VAULTIER 2nd. Seth WESCOTT

 
‘Chumpy’ Pullin has continued his great form in the Snowcross World Cup Season finishing a close 3rd in the final at Telluride, Colorado.  The back to back podium finishes sees the AIS Scholarship holder slide into 2nd on the World Cup rankings just 140 points behind Vaultier, who leads the competition.
 
Pullin suffered a bout of food poisoning leading into the event, but managed to keep his scintillating form and energy from Lech just a week ago. On his web blog Pullin says “this comp was hard work for me……. but I’m happy with how it turned out, some really fun heats”.
 
The final standings for the event at Colorado’s San Juan Mountains:
 
1. Pierre VAULTIER

2. Seth WESCOTT

3. Alex PULLIN
 
The current world cup standings:
 
1. Pierre VAULTIER – 1590 pts

2. Alex PULLIN – 1450 pts

3. Luca MATTEOTTI – 1280 pts

10. Seth WESCOTT – 800 (Current World Title  Holder)
 
This is Alex’s best start to a World Cup Season which he hopes to continue at the World Championships in LaMolina, Spain in under a month. In the meantime Pullin will enjoy a hard earned rest over Christmas – New Years before a grueling training block throughout January before heading to Spain.

Colorado's San Juan Mountains

Alex “Chumpy” Pullin scores a podium finish

Mt Buller’s ‘Chumpy’ Pullin has scored an amazing 2nd in the Snowboard Cross World Cup final in Lech, Austria.

In just his fifth podium finish of his career, Chumpy managed to make a miraculous turn around in fortune after being disqualified from the season opener just 24 hours before. The 23 year old was pipped at the post by Italian Luca Matteotti, who was able to grab the lead from Pullin just before the finish line. France’s Paul-Henri De le Rue was third.

Pullin paid tribute to his Italian rival after the race.

“It was a tough duel but it was lots of fun racing against Luca,” Pullin said.

“I made a tiny mistake and he was there doing everything right. He deserved the win.”

The podium finish puts Pullin 5th in the World Rankings and sees him in good stead to reach his dream of going one better than his World No. 2 ranking last year.

Pullin is now focused on continuing his success when the World Cup circuit lands in Telluride in the United States on December 15.

Louie Vito taks about life and partying

He’s been ripping the international pipe scene for quite a while now and even turning heads in the back country. A solid force on the competition circuit and generally all round nice guy. He is Louie Vito and this is the Snowlife Louie Vito Interview.

Louie has always enjoyed his time he has spent in Australia and he has seen some success down under. We thought we’d catch up with him to see what he has been up to, how his last season was, just when will Oz be seeing this pipe ripper again and generally whats up! Continue reading “Louie Vito taks about life and partying”

Rise from the Indoors – Pim Stigter Interview.

Pim Stigter, a 20 year old dutch snowboarder has had an unconventional rise to become a professional snowboarder. From his humble beginnings at his hometown resort of Snowworld Zoetermeer (An indoor resort), he now travels the world thanks to his sponsors O’Neill, VANS, Elan snowboards to name but a few.

Apart from a trip to the Austrian Alps at the age of four, Pim was relatively unaware of snowboarding with an unavailability of any major resorts in Holland. “After I saw a snowboard half pipe contest in Fieberbrünn , Austria .  I really wanted to try that, so I did. One year later there was a indoor slope ten minutes from my house. As a kid I began to spend most of my spare time there” Pim said. Continue reading “Rise from the Indoors – Pim Stigter Interview.”