O'NEILL TEAM RIDER SEBASTIEN TOUTANT CROWNED BIG AIR CHAMPION 2012/13

O'NEILL TEAM RIDER SEBASTIEN TOUTANT CROWNED BIG AIR CHAMPION 2012/13

O'Neill global team rider, Sebastien Toutant, clinched his first World Snowboard Tour Big Air title this past weekend after finishing in second place at the maximum rated 6-Star Billabong Air & Style in Innsbruck, Austria.

The 20-year-old French Canadian rider, who won his first Big Air pro contest at the age of only 13, continues to go from strength to strength after claiming the World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle crown at the end of last season. 
 
Speaking after snagging his latest podium result in the Bergisel stadium, Toots said: "I'm super-happy to add the Big Air title to my list of accomplishments. It's been a tough season and the standard of riding is getting better and better every year, with doubles and triples all over the place! To come out on top of the pile at the end of all that madness feels really great." 
 
The final standings give proof, if ever it was needed, of the intense level of competition at the top of the sport. Finishing the Big Air season off in Austria with an impressive points tally of 827.76, Toots only just managed to edge out main rival Stale Sandbech by 1.01 points, and third-placed Mark McMorris by just over 10 points.  

The final standings give proof, if ever it was needed, of the intense level of competition at the top of the sport. Finishing the Big Air season off in Austria with an impressive points tally of 827.76, Toots only just managed to edge out main rival Stale Sandbech by 1.01 points, and third-placed Mark McMorris by just over 10 points.  
 
Michael Heath, Global Marketing Director at O'Neill, said: "Nobody deserves this title more than Seb. He's been playing a huge part in fueling the progression of the sport in recent seasons, redefining what's possible on a snowboard. It's great to see that combination of raw talent and hard work paying off, and it's just one of the reasons why we're so proud to have him be part of Team O'Neill. Congrats, Seb!" 
 
Next on the agenda, Toutant turns his attention back to Slopestyle - a discipline that will for the first time form part of the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi 2014 in Russia. And with a last-minute invitation to Laax to compete in the Burton European Open possibly on the cards, and the Burton US Open of Snowboarding going down in early March, Toots will be going all-out to defend his Slopestyle crown against the world's best. 


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