STA, 13 December 2018 - Slovenian snowboarder Tim Mastnak opened the World Cup season with a win in the parallel slalom in Italy's Carezza on Thursday, beating Benjamin Karl of Austria convincingly in the finals.
The 27-year-old from Celje first defeated Darren Gardner of Canada in the round of 16, then Italian Aaron March in the quarter-finals and Sebastian Kislinger in the semi-finals.
In the finals, he was 0.73 seconds faster than the Austrian veteran Karl, who has won a total of 15 World Cup events.
"It's a perfect start to the season. It couldn't have been better," Mastnak described his second ever win the World Cup, with the first one coming in March in Scuol, Switzerland.