Riders go for double points in Japan before the grand finale

Torah Bright is looking to upset Jamie Anderson's title. Swatch TTR

Alts Bandai, Japan (February 17th, 2009)— With only a short time left until the Swatch TTR Tour Champion crowning at the 6Star Burton US Open and Roxy Chicken Jam, the race is on. The upcoming 5Star Nissan X-trail Asian Open from February 24th — March 3rd at Alts Bandai, Japan, presents riders with a great chance to climb the world ranking. Many of the top ranked snowboarders including Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), Kevin Pearce (USA), and Jamie Anderson (USA) will be in attendance, all of them eager to pull out their best tricks and go for the Halfpipe and Slopestyle titles, two lots of 850 TTR ranking points and a prize purse worth $125 000 USD.

The women's 07/08 Swatch TTR Tour Champion, Jamie Anderson (USA), is confirmed and will be looking to further extend her lead over the pack. However, current World No. 6 Sina Candrian (SUI) and World No. 3 Lisa Wiik (NOR) are both after Jamie and locked in a battle for the World No. 2 position. Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas (NOR), Kelly Clark (USA) and Spencer O'Brien (CAN) could all enter the TTR Top 10, while U.S. riders Kimmy Fasani and Elizabeth Beerman could find themselves in the TTR Top 20. One rider who still needs to collect her share of TTR points this season is former Tour Champion, Torah Bright (AUS). Her previous victories in Halfpipe at Alts Bandai, Japan in 2007 and 2008 may give her the necessary confidence to collect two good results and move into the TTR Top 20.

On the men's side of things, it is impossible to exactly pinpoint what will happen in the male ranking with so many Swatch TTR contests going down concurrently around the world. However, it can surely be said that many riders out of the TTR Top 10 will travel to Asia to collect crucial last points before the final showdown at the US Open in March.

Depending on the outcome of the 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge on Saturday, February 21st, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) will be defending his World No.1 spot. However, competition is fierce as Kevin Pearce (USA), who has a good chance of moving up to the TTR Top 5 with his possible third victory in Oslo, will make a final charge for the Tour Champion Title in Asia. In his way stands Risto Mattila, who will be focussed on staying in the TTR Top 3. Antti Autti (FIN) may also find himself defending a Top 5 position after the Oakley Arctic Challenge.

With the Tour Champion crowning events in sight, things are sure to tense up as riders fight to claim their part of the total Swatch TTR Tour prize money payout of over $ 200,000 USD. Stay tuned to www.ttrworldtour.com for fresh news, rankings and updates and catch the live webcasts of the event on www.go211.com.

Top 10 of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour as of 08.02.09:
1 Piiroinen, Peetu FIN 7 904.59

2 Guldemond, Chas USA 7 811.87
3 Mattila, Risto FIN 7 718.68
4 Korpi, Janne FIN 7 702.01
5 Reid, Charles CAN 7 682.20
6 Pearce, Kevin USA 6 680.71
7 Horgmo, Torstein NOR 7 670.44
8 Malin, Markus FIN 7 658.41
9 Autti, Antti FIN 7 653.76
10 White, Shaun USA 5 648.29

1 Anderson, Jamie USA 7 764.08
2 Pancochova, Sarka CZE 6 575.87

3 Wiik, Lisa NOR 5 574.87
4 Karlinski, Jordie USA 7 567.96
5 Rennie, Kara CAN 7 565.55
6 Candrian, Sina SUI 5 547.05
7 Davis-Meehan, Michaela AUS 7 465.93
8 Maas, Cheryl NED 4 454.93
9 Mittermueller, Silvia GER 5 418.78
10 Gulini, Faye USA 6 398.49

Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, the SWATCH TTR World Snowboard Tour is a non-profit, rider-driven organization with the mission to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world, using authenticity, accessibility, innovation as guiding principles. Since its foundation, the Swatch TTR Tour has been developing into the most exposed snowboard tour worldwide featuring global grass root and key independent freestyle snowboarding events over a ten-month period from Southern to Northern Hemisphere locations. Events are rated via a 1-through-6Star system, with points allocated accordingly, a 6Star event holds the highest (1000 Swatch TTR points). Any rider participating in these events, from up-and-coming to professional talent, earns ranking points and a position on the SWATCH TTR World Ranking List. The top male and female rider based on an average of their best seven results of the season is crowned SWATCH TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion