12/03/2014 | by Mike Brindley
For its 10th anniversary the Quiksilver Spring Battle in the Absolut Park Flachauwinkl becomes a TTR 5 star competition. Props, Spring Battle crew!
The contest is known for its perfect shaped and super innovative set ups, the good weather and the Spring riding conditions. The Absolut Park is one of Europe’s biggest and best known parks. The highly motivated and skilled shape crew led by Christoph Walchhofer and Hans Weiss is pushing limits every year and guarantees amazing obstacles year by year.
Last year the video judging show was introduced as a world first in snowboarding. Riders, media and spectators were super stoked on the show presented by Jon Weaver and Henry Jackson. For 2012 the whole event crew is super motivated for taking the 10th Spring Battle to even greater heights.
Spring Battle Event History
The first Spring Battle took place in 2003 and was won by Ästhtetiker rider Andreas “Mone” Monsberger. 2004 Burton’s Slovenian superstar Marco Grilc was the man followed by the Austrian rider legend Steve Gruber in 2005. Sweden’s Martin Sandberg won in 2006, the finish contest killer Ville Uotila in 2007, the German pirate Lars Österle in 2008, Finland’s Jaakko Ruha in 2009, swedish young gun Kevin Backström in 2010 and the Belgian superstar Seppe Smits in 2011. Phips Gruber was the first Austrian to stomp a double cork in a competition in 2009.
The Quiksilver Spring Battle 2011 was the first major TTR title for Seppe Smits and since 2011 Quiksilver is head sponsor of the event.