USA & Japan Dominate The World Snowboarding Points List Leaderboard For Halfpipe, Slopestyle More Evenly Spread

Teams from the USA and Japan are dominating the World Snowboarding Points List leaderboard for Halfpipe heading into the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang 2018. The USA have a total of nine riders in the male and female top 10 categories with big names such as Jake Pates, Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark all appearing.

In slopestyle, Canada has 6 riders, USA has 5 and Norway has 3 of the current 20 riders sitting in the combined male and female Top 10 competitors on the WSPL slopestyle rankings. Unlike the halfpipe rankings there are a lot more nations making up this pool of 20 male and female riders. Sweden, Austria, New Zealand, Finland, Japan and Great Britain all have a rider in the top 10 WSPL for slopestyle.

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The USA has 9 riders of the current 20 riders sitting in the combined male and female Top 10 competitors on the WSPL. Japan has 6 riders followed by China’s 3. The only other nations who have a rider in the Top 10 are Australia and Switzerland.

Shaun White (USA) dominated the headlines this week with his perfect 100 score in the men’s halfpipe at the US Grand Prix event in Snowmass but his result didn’t push him up the overall rankings. So Scotty James (AUS) remains in the number 1 spot followed by Shaun White (USA) with Ayumu Hirano (JAP) to wrap up the World’s Top 3 men.

Jake Pates (USA) had another notable change in his ranking this week rising 3 spots into 8th position after placing 4th in the Snowmass Grand Pix. This backed up his recent win at Dew Tour , which saw him climb dramatically almost reaching the top 10. He is definitely the most improved rider with the greatest points increases moving towards the Olympics.

Chloe Kim (USA) continues to own the women’s halfpipe WSPL number 1 spot with no absolutely no chance of her being bumped out of the top spot for some time with Kelly Clark (USA) comfortably in second. Cai Xuetong (CHN) is currently sitting in 3rd.

Both Queralt Castellet (ESP) and Torah Bright (AUS) had big 6 position jumps up the WSPL into 11th and 15th respectively.

None of the top 3 male or female riders are competing in the LAAX Open this week so no changes will take place on the leaderboard but expect to see some big changes in the lower region of the top 10. Both Castellet and Bright are competing so lets see how far they can move up into the top 10 by next week.

Canada, USA and Norway are the 3 biggest players in the WSPL leaderboard for slopestyle.

Slopestyle
Canada has 6 riders, USA has 5 and Norway has 3 of the current 20 riders sitting in the combined male and female Top 10 competitors on the WSPL slopestyle rankings. Unlike the halfpipe rankings there are a lot more nations making up this pool of 20 male and female riders. Sweden, Austria, New Zealand, Finland, Japan and Great Britain all have a rider in the top 10 WSPL for slopestyle.

The top 3 spots for Mens Slopestyle remain unchanged with Mark McMorris (CAN) in 1st, Marcus Kleveland (NOR) in 2nd and Sven Thorgren (SWE) in 3rd.

The top 3 spots for Women’s Slopestyle are also unchanged going into this week’s LAAX Open with Anna Gasser (AUT) in 1st, Jamie Anderson (USA) in 2nd and Julia Marino (USA) in 3rd.

The Big Air WSPL leaderboard has 10 different nations represented

Big Air
Canada is heading the charge in Big Air with 4 riders in the current top 20 in the combined male and female Top 10 competitors on the WSPL Big Air rankings. They are followed closely by both Japan and Norway with 3, USA with 2 and then a good spread of nations with 1 a piece – Sweden, Belgium, Austria, FinlandGreat Britain and Russia.

No changes have happened in the last week to the Big Air leaderboards.

Current standings for women’s Big Air are Anna Gasser (AUT) in 1st, Enni Rukajarvi (FIN)in 2nd and Julia Marino (USA) in 3rd and for men’s Max Parrot (CAN) in 1st, Mark McMorris (CAN) in 2nd and Marcus Kleveland (NOR) in 3rd

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