A handful of the finest snowboarders in the Zillertal region descended on the Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen for the first shoot of the season in the jam-packed park full of freestyle finesse. The crew consisted of some local Austrian killers and a British guest star that was chomping at the bit to give the features a good seeing to.
With the pro-line getting a makeover, the riders started their barrage in the kid’s area of the park. A selection of the butteriest boxes and kickers helped warm the riders up on the cold January morning. Lorenz Vyslozil got busy and started whirling across the jib line like the Tasmanian devil. Despite a pretty harsh scorpion on the flat down box, he dusted himself off and got straight back to it, showing the aspiring groms that you’ve got to work for the rewards.
With legs feeling looser and the sun cresting over the peaks, the gang moved on to the medium and advanced lines for some rail-based action. They could choose from a range of more than 35 obstacles. Lukas Szendröi launched into a display of metallic wizardry, locking onto the rails as if he had magnets built into his base. His huge backside lipslide on the kink bar would go down as a highlight of the day and legends of this trick can be heard in whispered tones at the Scotland Yard pub late at night.
Vans rider Mr. Rowan Coultas, dropped in to teach lesson 101 in kicker riding, taking advantage of the advanced line kickers with a corked backside 720 he’d honed in China a fortnight ago. His effortless style oozed out of every pore as he took on the flat down bar and the lollipop for a nose tap frontside 540 with a side order of stomped.
Big props need to go to the keepers of the shred at the Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen; Mani Eder, Flo Brandtner and their 12 deep shape crew. The team is already busy pushing the new snow that’s blanketing the park to get the pro-line kickers in tip top shape and the Fun Jib Area sprinkled with the finest jibs.