With strong riding all day, Willett not only qualified first in the preliminaries but backed it up in the finals by taking the top spot,with a switch backside double corked 1260 mute. By qualifying first, Willett held the final run of the day,which turned into a laid out backflip victory lap. On his win, Willett commented `What a killer way to start the summer. The event was super fun, and obviously I'm stoked to come out on top'.
Second place went to Sebastien Toutant of Canada with a cab double corked 1260 melon. This the same trick that won Toutant last years 2010 Billabong Ante Up event, but had himcoming up just shy for 2011. Toutant took home $12,500 for his efforts. Dash Kamp of USA rounded out the podium taking third place. Kamp's final run of the day was a double corked 1080 mute, which netted him $8,000.
Sage Kotsenberg (USA), Uki Kodono (Japan), Zach Stone (Canada), Roope Tonteri (Finland), Jeremy Thompson (USA), Gjermund Braaten (Germany), and Chas Guldemond (USA) rounded out the top 10.
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