Last week (19th-23rd January) the TTR 3Star Rip Curl Sista Sessions 2011 hit Mayrhofen, Austria in force, with an entourage of female shredders, media, judges, filmers and photographers.
Over five crispy cold January days the resort saw pro ladies going on photoshoots, beginners chicks have freestyle lessons, and the amateurs and invited girls battle it out in a friendly format 3Star Swatch TTR Slopestyle and Rail Jam competition. The 3000€ prize purse had attracted an international parade of girls and the park filled up on Friday with over 35 riders in the Slopestyle qualifiers and 39 in the Rail Jam qualifiers. Silje Norendal from Norway took the Slopestyle title, while Croatian Ana Rumiha took top honours in the Burn Rail Session. Best Trick went to last year’s winner Urška Pribošič (SLO) for her lofty and stylish Switch Backside 540. The crowd saw some seriously impressive riding go down, with Front Bluntslides, Frontside & Backside Rodeos and frontside 720s all showing up on the trick list.
Sweet Style in the 3Star Burn Rail Jam
The chilled rail jam format allowed the girls to bring their A-game to the table, while having fun. Out of the 39 Girls in the Friday qualifications, 12 girls went through to the Burn Rail Jam Session finals on Saturday. In the final, Croatian Ana Rumiha destroyed the rail session. Riding with legit style and a technical level that most guys can’t match, wrapping things up with a Frontside Blunt to boardslide revert. In second place, Urška Pribošič rocked some true nose-presses with serious style, while local Anna Gasser took third place with a Frontside Board Pretzel.
RIP CURL SISTA SESSIONS 3*TTR SLOPESTYLE
1. Silje Norendal (NOR) , switch back 180, front rodeo
2. Christina Gruber AUT) , front 3 to a back 5
3. Elena Konz (SUI)
RIP CURL SISTA SESSIONS 3*TTR BURN RAIL JAM
1. Ana Rumiha (CRO)
2. Urška Pribošič (SLO)
3. Anna Gasser (AUT)
The “Best Trick” award was a week’s holiday and learning to surf in the South West of France with Surf Affinity, an all girls surf camp. The prize winner, Urška Pribošič will be tanning herself on the beach this summer after laying down one of the biggest switch backside 540 out there, only 4 days after learning them. The Best Non-Sponsored Rider prize went to My Svensson from Sweden, who won the one-year sponsorship 2011/12 with Rip Curl.