The 2012 professional snowboarding season began in perfect fashion for Mark McMorris over the weekend -- he picked up the O'Neill Evolution title in Davos, Switzerland on Saturday.
Despite significant weather challenges throughout the contest, the first major event on the 2012 TTR World Snowboard Tour once again brought the cream of international riders and the highest level of performance to the picturesque Alpine resort of Davos.
Pushing the highest known technical limits, competition was fierce as riders vied for a share of the $125,000 prize purse, TTR Ranking points and seeding into the World Championships.
The final saw an absorbing battle between Eric Willet, McMorris and Red Bull teammate Seppe Smits. Willet scored what looked like an unassailable 95.30 points with a switch backside double cork 1260 to lipslide 270 in his second run, only for McMorris to edge in front of him with a score of 95.60 points, thanks to an even bigger backside double cork 1260 to lipslide 270.
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Belgium's Smits turned up the pressure, landing a cab 1440 mute to cab 270 frontside boardslide in his final run, but it was not enough to change the order of the podium, with McMorris pocketing a cool $40,000 for his efforts.
Smits's third place ensured his spot at the World Snowboard Championships, which begins in just over a month's time.