01/02/2008 | by Onboard
The park was fresh, the riders were stoked and the crowd was larger than ever before.
Aside from a small wind in the morning, the weather was nice with blue skies and a spring like temperature. The riders had a tough time in the Finals due to the conditions causing an upset and knocking out our top pick for first, Freddy Austbo, in the first round.
Down to four riders and on to the super finals where the wind was a little lighter and the competition was tight. Returning rider Jakob Wilhelmson hit both big kickers in his first run with smooth 7’s and 5’s going big and standing out for the judges. It was so close; no one knew Marc Swoboda would be the runner up. Marc’s run consisted of a BS 7 Japan and a FS 5 off the toes. Third went to Atsuchi Ishikawa from Japan who was killing it all weekend. He is also of return Nanshan Open alumni and he took it to the park with huge switch FS 7’s and 5’s. So stoked to have our asian brother on the podium! Jake Koia followed in fourth position representing the southern hemisphere.
Three-time DMC Champion DJ Wordy was on the snow all day spinning his Wordy-isms for the crowd and getting the onlookers stoked. So much more excitement followed with a live punk show by national punk treasures SKO and Recycle on the Gibson stage. Free Red Bull flowed like water and good times were had by all. Thanks to everyone who came from near and far for the event and high fives to everyone who helped out.
For more information on The 6th Red Bull Nanshan Open, please visit www.mellowparks.cn.