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Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam 2009

15:25 18th November 2009 by Blue Tomato
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From Nov 13th- 15th 2009 the Pleasure Jam took place at the Atomic Superpark. Men’s winner was Elias Elhardt (GER), Max Weickl from Hallein became third and the girls were ruled by Enni Rukajaervi (FIN).

After a terrific kick-off day loaded with action on the Dachstein glacier, the audience witnessed a fulminant spectacle on a dreamlike and sunny day. In the end, however, only one could win the contest: Splendid winner of the men’s judging was Elias Elhardt (GER) and Enni Rukajaervi (FIN) could come out on top of the ladies. But there’s also a victory to celebrate from the Austrian perspective, as Max Weickl was able to defend his brilliant third place from the qualification in the SuperFinals!

The crowd (Pic by Jan Zach QParks)

In the morning of the finals, you could already feel the tension in the air on the Dachstein Glacier. The riders who qualified on Friday competed with the invited pros at a perfectly shaped Atomic Superpark.

Everybody enjoyed shredding the park (Pic by Paco QParks)

Sad to say that the Austrian favourite Stefan Gimpl had to cancel his run shorthanded due to a bad sore throat. So the Austrian fans feared for a local placement. But Max Weickl showed the audience how to shred and made a great 3rd place with a terrific run. He commented in his own words:
“I’m extremely happy with my placement. At first I even had to fight for the starting-place and now I’m the third! Maybe my strategy of taking it easy and not trying too complicated stuff paid in the end!”

After a rather unfortunate run in the semi-finale, the German Elias Elhardt stood on top of the victory podium. Elias could not only impress in the main-category but also in the Best-Trick-Contest with a Backside 1080 Doublecork. This trick won him a trip to the surfers paradise Balicamp! Certainly he was really stoked about the results:
“This was my first TTR World Tour Contest and I would never had counted with taking the first place! Of course, I’m the more happy about it and literally in heaven now!“

The second place at the men’s judgement was taken by Torgeir Bergrem (NOR).

Elias Elhardt (Pic by Rudi Wyhlidal QParks)

The ladies-contest was ruled by Enni Rukajaervi (FIN) who really showed courage and finally convinced the judges with a strong run. Cab 540, backside 360 and frontside 360. She commented:
“The contest was awesome and the Set-up was just perfect. My style could have been better in my opinion, otherwise I’m satisfied with my performance and the result!”

The second and third places were taken by Cheryl Maas (NED) and Cilka Sadar (SLO).

The international significance of the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam was underlined by the Czech Sarka Pancochova who was taking the lead of the TTR World-Ranking with a great 4th place on the Dachstein glacier.

Winners Men (Pic by Schoech Christoph QParks)
Winners Women (Pic by Schoech Christoph QParks)

All participants came together at the official riders party on Friday night at the Hohenhaus Tenne. The party was going on the whole night until Saturday morning. However the real party kickoff was on Saturday. From 16.00 o’clock there was the “Rock the Shop” Event powered by Electric at the Blue Tomato Shop Schladming. Everybody who stopped by got free glühwein and snacks and some riders dropped in directly from the mountaintop.

Pic by Nienke Schmutzer
Pic by Nienke Schmutzer
Pic by Nienke Schmutzer

In the evening the legendary Pickings Fam Party took place at the Hofbauer Stollen. There were a lot of people celebrating and concluding a splendid and successful event! Hopefully you were in!

More information and the official video can be found on the Pleasure Jam Website.

Pic by Nienke Schmutzer
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