No one on the women’s side rode that high better than Reira Iwabuchi, as the 20-year-old stomped all three of the highest-scoring runs of the evening - including a final-hit frontside 1080 chicken salad for her victory lap that would earn her a score of 90.00.
That score, combined with the contest-high 90.75 score that she banked for her first hit backside double cork 1080 Weddle grab, would give her a combined score of 180.75, putting her 16.50 points clear of runner-up Anna Gasser.
“It was crazy!” Iwabuchi said after stomping her final run, “This was important to me. It’s my first competition since the Olympics and it’s been such a long wait for me, and I’m so stoked to get first place this year (in Chur).”
Reira Iwabuchi’s victory was the eighth of her career for the two-time big air crystal globe winner, and it came against the reigning Olympic champion Anna Gasser, who pulled out all the stops to catch her Japanese counterpart but fell just short.
Anna Gasser lead her night off with a backside double cork 1080 melon on her first hit, where she scored an 84.75 but likely lost some points when she was forced to edge hard in her landing.
After stomping a signature cab double Underflip 900 Weddle for 80.00 points on her second run, Anna Gasser needed a score of 96.00 points or better to catch Reira Iwabuchi, and though she pulled out all the stops by going for a cab 1260 melon but couldn’t quite keep the landing gear down, forcing her to settle for second place in Chur for the second year in a row.
Also earning the same spot on the podium as she did last year was Canada’s Jasmine Baird, who stomped a cab double Underflip Weddle and a backside 720 Weddle for a score of 131.25 and a third-place result.