An exciting season of the World Snowboard Tour is coming to a close with three contests left for riders to stack up World Snowboarding Points List (WSPL) ranking points before the end of the season – Grandvalira Total Fight, Spring Battle & PSA Asia Grand Championships
Now the season-end showdown is on. With 3 WST accredited events (Grandvalira Total Fight, Spring Battle & PSA Asia Grand Championships) still coming up and 2 non-WST accredited FIS events (Sierra Nevada World Championships & Spindleruv Mlyn World Cup) also counting towards the WSPL ranking, riders are feeling the pressure to collect last minute ranking points. Let’s look at the latest WSPL ranking changes.
SS – ANNA GASSER COMFORTABLY IN FIRST PLACE
Nobody seems to be able to knock Anna Gasser (AUT) of the top spot on the Slopestyle ranking. Anna has a comfortable lead after her wins at Burton US Open and X Games Norway, compared to 19-year old Julia Marino (USA) in 2nd place and Jamie Anderson (USA) in 3rd place.
Mark McMorris (CAN) is undoubtedly still the world’s best Slopestyle rider. He is sitting in 1st place on the Slopestyle ranking after he took home the win at the Burton US Open. Sven Thorgren (SWE) has moved up 2 spots into 2nd place after his win at X Games Norway, followed by Max Parrot (CAN) in 3rd.
HP – SCOTTY JAMES AHEAD OF SHAUN WHITE
The man from down under is still all the way at the top. Even though Shaun White (USA) won the Burton US Open, Scotty James‘ (AUS) 2nd place at US Open was enough to keep him in 1st place on the Halfpipe ranking. Will Scotty be able to stay in 1st when Shaun is right on his heels in 2nd place? Chase Josey (USA) who launched onto the scene this year sits in 3rd place.
Also benefiting from a win at the Burton US Open is Chloe Kim (USA) who has been dominating the top spot on the Halfpipe ranking now for a while. Heavy hitter Kelly Clark (USA) is right behind her in 2nd place. Noteworthy is Elizabeth Hosking‘s (CAN) move into 30th place. She is now considered one of the top 30 female Halfpipe riders in the world. Not bad for 15-years old…
BA – NORWEGIANS MOVE UP THE RANKS
Leveraging his 3rd place at X Games Norway, Torgeir Bergrem (NOR) is now the 2nd Norwegian in the top 10 on the Big Air ranking. Torgeir moved up 5 spots into 9th place. Marcus Kleveland (NOR) sits in in 3rd place behind Marc McMorris (CAN) in 2nd and Max Parrot (CAN) in 1st.
Natsuki Sato (JPN) is now in the top 50 after moving up 27 spots into 41st place on the Womens Slopestyle ranking.