Canada’s Simon d'Artois and home favourite David Wise came out on top in their respective heats as halfpipe qualification took place today at the International Ski Federation Freestyle Skiing World Cup in Mammoth Mountain in California.
D'Artois won heat one with 94.75 points on the Super Duper Pipe course, while Wise prevailed in heat two with 92.50.
Following D'Artois in the heat one standings were Norway’s Birk Ruud with 91.50 points and the United States' Cassidy Jarrell with 87.75.
Wise led an American one-two-three finish in heat two with Birk Irving second on 87.50 points and Hunter Hess third on 85.25.
A total of 16 athletes have qualified for tomorrow’s final.
In women’s qualification, China’s Zhang Kexin won heat one with 93.25 points and Canada’s Cassie Sharpe topped the heat two rankings with 96.75.
Also qualifying from heat one for the eight-athlete final were the US’s Brita Sigourney with 88.50 points, Great Britain’s Zoe Atkin with 87.25 and Canada’s Rachael Karker with 86.25.
Joining Sharpe in qualifying from heat two were Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru with 93.50 points, Germany’s Sabrina Cakmakli with 81.25 and Austria’s Elisabeth Gram with 79.00.
FIS Snowboard World Cup action also begun today in Mammoth Mountain.
In the men's halfpipe event, Japan's Yuto Totsuka and the US's Ryan Wachendorfer headed the heat one and two standings respectively.
As there was no time left to get the ladies’ slopestyle Q in the books today, they’ve been now moved to Sunday. Men’s slopestyle finals are still scheduled to take place tomorrow morning starting at 9:30 PST. Halfpipe finals are set to go down on Saturday at 13:00 PST. pic.twitter.com/Pnnn1BL7ob— fissnowboard (@fissnowboard) March 8, 2019
Totsuka managed 94.50 points with Switzerland's Patrick Burgener second on 90.25 and the US's Chase Josey third on 87.50.
Wachendorfer, meanwhile, posted 90.75 points to hold off Switzerland's Jan Scherrer, second with 86.25, and Japan's Ruka Hirano, third with 80.25.
A total of 16 athletes have qualified for the final on Saturday (March 9).
Japan dominated women's halfpipe qualification with Haruna Matsumoto winning heat one on 79.50 points and compatriot Sena Tomita taking victory in heat two on 82.00.
Also qualifying from heat one for the eight-athlete final were Japan's Hikaru Oe with 74.75 points, Spain's Queralt Castellet with 74.50 and France's Mirabelle Thovex with 72.75.
Joining Tomita in qualifying from heat two were China's Cai Xuetong with 79.75 points, Switzerland's Verena Rohrer with 77.00 and Canada's Elizabeth Hosking with 74.25.
Men's slopestyle qualification saw the US's Chris Corning win heat one with 82.00 points and fellow countryman Judd Henkes finish first in heat two with 92.50.
Italy's Emiliano Lauzi was the heat one runner-up with 75.50 points, followed by The Netherlands' Niek van der Velden with 74.00.
Second in heat two was Japan's Hiroaki Kunitake with 90.00 points, while the US's Charles Guldemond was third with 83.50 prior to tomorrow's final.
There was not enough time to hold women's slopestyle qualification and this has now been moved to Sunday (March 10).