All photos: Oli Gagnon      Captions: Pat Bridges

That guy in the green ghetto gown standing atop the rider's left side of the landing looks like a skier. Do you know that new school skiers will sew multiple shirts or sweatshirts together to achieve the appearance of tall midget ravers. Sometimes even going so far as to have multiple levels of pockets where they keep what's left of their dignity.

That guy in the green ghetto gown standing atop the rider’s left side of the landing looks like a skier. Do you know that new school skiers will sew multiple shirts or sweatshirts together to achieve the appearance of tall midget ravers. Sometimes even going so far as to have multiple levels of pockets where they keep what’s left of their dignity. Rider: Seb Toutant

Big crowd.

Big crowd. Rider: Scotty Lago

How weird does the right angle in the clouds look on the middle left part of this photo?

How weird does the right angle in the clouds look on the middle left part of this photo?

Rider: Scotty Lago

Matts is one of SNOWBOARDER's favorites because he is a hard working journeyman and an overall good dude.

Matts is one of SNOWBOARDER’s favorites because he is a hard working journeyman and an overall good dude. Rider: Matts Kulisek

Check out Mark McMorris and Sebastien Toutant in the Launch Day 3 video by clicking here

Check out Mark McMorris and Sebastien Toutant in the Launch Day 3 video by clicking here.

Rider: Mark McMorris

Looks like Shewchuck is having a banner year.

Looks like Shewchuck is having a banner year. Rider: Mark McMorris

Have you ever heard about the three name theory and seriel killers? It states that anyone with three names is psychotic. Look at the facts. Mark David Chapman, three namer. Lee Harvey Oswald, three namer. So are John Wilkes Booth, John Wayne Gasey, and Charles Webster Baer. Now we can add Kim Rune Hansen to the list because that guy can't help but kill it when he is riding!

Have you ever heard about the three name theory and seriel killers? It states that anyone with three names is psychotic. Look at the facts. Mark David Chapman, three namer. Lee Harvey Oswald, three namer. So are John Wilkes Booth, John Wayne Gasey, and Charles Webster Baer. Now we can add Kim Rune Hansen to the list because that guy can’t help but kill it when he is riding! Rider: Kim Rune Hansen

As far as glaciers go the Horstman is pretty cool. But really Mexico's Glaciar de las Rodillas beats them all.

As far as glaciers go the Horstman is pretty cool. But really Mexico’s Glaciar de las Rodillas beats them all. Rider: Jonas Carlson

Section 133 of the Canadian Constitution Act, 1867 guarantees that both English and French may be used in the Parliament of Canada, in its journals and records, and in court proceedings in any court established by the Parliament of Canada. The section also provides that all Acts of the Parliament of Canada are to be printed and published in both English and French. Section 133 also establishes a corresponding set of linguistic rights for French and English in Quebec—but not in any other province. This means that we don't have to say "Jonas Carlson with a 50-50 on a down-flat-down box" in Quebecois as well as English.

Section 133 of the Canadian Constitution Act, 1867 guarantees that both English and French may be used in the Parliament of Canada, in its journals and records, and in court proceedings in any court established by the Parliament of Canada. The section also provides that all Acts of the Parliament of Canada are to be printed and published in both English and French. Section 133 also establishes a corresponding set of linguistic rights for French and English in Quebec—but not in any other province. This means that we don’t have to say “Jonas Carlson with a 50-50 on a down-flat-down box” in Quebecois as well as English. Rider: Jonas Carlson

What with the name Ante Up? Was there gambling involved in the event? It should have been called something like peak to peak, which would have not only alluded to the Gap, but it would have created brand synergy with the host Whister, Blackcomb.

What’s with the name Ante Up? Was there gambling involved in the event? It should have been called something like peak to peak, which would have not only alluded to the Gap, but it would have created brand synergy with the host Whister, Blackcomb. Rider: Chas Guldemond

Not only did Sebastian Toutant win the Ante Up, but he obstained from making the mistake of wearing goggles and sunglasses at the same time.

Not only did Sebastian Toutant win the Ante Up, but he obstained from making the mistake of wearing goggles and sunglasses at the same time. Riders: Kulisek, Toutant, McMorris

Is this a contest podium or some far eastern village shame ritual?

Is this a contest podium or some far eastern village shame ritual?

Dash Kamp, that name can't be real. Why would you use an alias when you enter a snowboard contest? Then again the event is in Canada. Maybe he is a Vietnam era war draft dodger. He might be good at jibbing the 10-stair, but had he gone to Nam he would have the 1,000 yard stair dialed.

Dash Kamp, that name can’t be real. Why would you use an alias when you enter a snowboard contest? Then again the event is in Canada. Maybe he is a Vietnam era war draft dodger. He might be good at jibbing the 10-stair, but had he gone to Nam he would have the 1,000 yard stair dialed.

SEBASTIEN TOUTANT WINS THE 5STAR BILLABONG ANTE UP, GJERMUND BRAATEN MOVES INTO SWATCH TTR WORLD NO. 1

Whistler, B.C. Canada, June 26th, 2010 – The Billabong Ante Up competition, the first 5Star event of the 2010/11 Swatch TTR World Tour season, went off today with an excellent showing from a diverse field of riders.  The summertime event was held in the Camp of Champions park on the Blackcomb glacier and featured a massive 75-foot gap jump. The Ante Up hosted 40 riders in a big air format who were all going for a piece of the $50,000 prize purse and 850 TTR ranking points.  It ended up as an all-Canadian podium and Sebastien Toutant (CAN) took the top spot making him $20,000 richer.  Toutant also secured the World No. 3 spot in the TTR World Rankings and received an automatic invite to the 6Star Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck later in the season.

Canadians defend their home turf with 1260 double corks
All the riders were pulling off some impressive tricks all day and it came down to a double cork 1260 podium with the top three riders doing different variations of the trick.  Toutant won the first place podium spot with a flawless Cab 1260 double cork and had this to say about his win, “Winning the first 5Star TTR big air contest was just amazing, it was an epic final and it’s sick because I’ll be in the top of the TTR rankings going down to New Zealand in August.”

Coming in second place behind Toutant and winning $15,000 was Matts Kulisek (CAN) who landed a backside 1260 double cork and Mark McMorris (CAN) took third place earning $10,000 for his frontside 1260 double cork.  Other notable mentions include Gjermund Braaten (NOR) who also stomped a backside 1260 double cork to take fourth place which, when combined with his 2009/10 season-end bonus points, bumped him up into TTR World No. 1.

Looking forward to the Southern Hemisphere Season
With the first 5Star event of the 2010/11 season in the bag, the tour will move down to the Southern Hemisphere in August for the 5Star Burton New Zealand Open which is the next major event on the calendar.  Point your browsers to ttrworldtour.com for news, photos, and video coverage from the Ante Up as well as updated Swatch TTR World Rankings.

ABOUT SWATCH TTR:
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, the Swatch Ticket To Ride (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 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 eight results of the season is crowned Swatch TTR World Snowboard Champion. For more information visit www.ttrworldtour.com.