Oberland Open 2011 Report

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Looks like the prize-giving to us. All photos: Moritz Orgler

On Saturday, March 26th, about 30 snowboarders met in the Snowpark Fiss Ladis for the new edition of the Oberland Open. The spectators relaxed in the chill area at a tasty barbecue, cool drinks and groovy beats and marveled at the high-end freestyle action. The riders battled on the Kicker and Rail line in a two-hours jam session and showed massive tricks on a really high level.

The first motivated riders already arrived early in the morning at the Snowpark Fiss Ladis to register for the Oberland Open 2011. Meanwhile the shape crew around park designer Ralf Heeb prepared a tasty barbecue. More and more snowboarders and spectators arrived at the chill area while DJ Masstricks already played the first relaxing beats. In the training the riders showed some massive Flatspins, Backflips, 700s and 900s in all variations after some speed checks on the big kicker with a 17m table. After the first runs you could already see that the spectators will marvel at even huger tricks in the jam session. Speaker MC Lix didn’t just tell the information but packed his moderation into a nice freestyle rap. At 11.00am the riders meeting took place and the Downdays and Air Patrol judges explained their criteria for judging the jib and kicker line.

The freestylers had two hours for showing their best tricks on the kicker line with two take-offs of 15m and 17m table as well as on the jib line with a Down Rail or Flat/Down Box and a Rainbow Box. Every 30 seconds a snowboarder and started and offered the spectators a massive freestyle firework. But the wind squalls got stronger during the jam session and it was quite “sketchy” to jump the big kicker. Nevertheless the Austrian Bernhard “Bernie” Kraxner sticked a clean Bs Double Cork 10 at the end of the session and won the category “best trick”. He also made the second place in the end and won 350 Euros prizemoney as well as a Playboard Mag for one-year. “Yesterday was a good day at the perfectly shaped Snowpark Fiss Ladis. Unfortunately the weather changed repeatedly but nevertheless it was a very nice contest. This day was a great success for me because I got 2nd and I won the best trick with a Bs Double Cork 1080. Stoked. I’m already looking forward to the next Oberland Open.” said Bernie. The third place went to Jonel Fricke (GER). In the category snowboard girls the QParks Tour doctor Lisa Veith (AUT) placed 1st with her clean Bs 360s and nice jibs on the Boxes. “It was really a nice kicker and the Rail line was cozy as well! I wasn’t in my best form today but it went good for me. The most important thing was that there were no injured riders to patch up!” said Lisa.

After the prize giving ceremony the last Schnitzel burgers were scarfed down and the riders as well as the spectators discussed about the results with some chilled beers.

As soon as the pictures of the Oberland Open 2011 are edited and online there will be an album of the event on the Snowpark Fiss Ladis Facebook Fanpage , where several letters can be found in the shots. If you put the letters into the right order, you get the solution which has to be sent to editors@qparks.com – among all right submissions prizes of the sponsors will be raffled!

Also for the 7th QParks Tour Stop some riders registered online to collect more votes on their profile. But not only to get the most voted rider of the Tour but also to win a trip to the Balicamp. At this Tourstop Andy Jaritz certainly counted on last year’s winner Raphael Schweiger and therefore won a high quality TSG QParks Helmet. At the end of the Tour, all voters have the chance to win a trip to the Balicamp including flight, accommodation and surf guiding – it definitely pays to take part!

Oberland Open 2011 – cozy freestyle action at the highest stage, smiling winners and nice atmosphere – see you 2012!

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