05/03/2012 | by Tom Copsey
The traditional French resort of Chatel deep in the Porte Du Soleil set the arena for the 6th Stop on the Nike Chosen Series. Enzo Nilo walked away with the MVP and a ticket to the end-of-season Chosen Session, check what went down…
Together the town and the resort helped to create one of the best atmospheres seen so far on the Series, providing much welcome coffee and croissants in registration as the icy wind took temperatures down to -15 before laying on a free BBQ for all riders and spectators as the Finals got under way.
With Nike rider Gerome Mathieu judging and the whole town of Chatel seemingly watching, the 22 entered riders had a show to deliver and that they did. Head shaper Alex Creuse and the Nike team created a safe 15m kicker measuring 19m to sweet spot guaranteeing distance and height whilst giving the amateurs the confidence to try all their tricks as they battled it out for MVP.
Mascense Tevelle took Most Creative with a BS 180 Double Tailgrab, Handdrags on the Nike bonk and Frontflips off the knuckle. Romuald Bouche took Best Style with Switch Back 1s, 5s and 9s before adding a FS9 for good measure. 19-year-old Grenoble resident Marion Haerty took best Female with BS and FS 180s.
But as the clouds rolled in only one winner could roll out and that was the 18 year old French rider Enzo Nilo from Bidant who tore the kicker apart with FS5s, corked 7s both ways, a Switch Backside 9 and a FS10.
Celebrating his own 27th birthday on the day French Nike rider Gerome Mathieu then gladly presented the winning AM Enzo, with his ticket to the Sessions Final in Austria, April 2012.
Best Overall (MVP) Enzo Nilo Bidant
Most Creative Macense Tevelle Val Thorens
Best Style Romuald Bouche Vars
Best Female Marion Haerty Grenoble