02/04/2007 | by Onboard
When: Sun 1st of April 2007
Outstanding riders from all over the globe meet at the third edition of Grandvalira Total Fight Masters of Freestyle
The biggest freestyle event of southern Europe welcomed international riders from Europe, US and New Zealand in the sickest snowboard and freeski competitions.
Finnish snowboarder Jaakko Ruha and Spanish freeskier Jaime Puigdengolés became Masters of Freestyle.
The photo and video festival completed the calendar together with several music shows that shook the crowd.
The biggest resort in the Pyrennees welcomed the 3rd edition of Grandvalira Total Fight Masters of Freestyle from March 29th til April 1st, it’s the biggest freestyle event in southern Europe and also part of the TTR. Some of the world’s best riders from throughout Europe, America, and Australasia together with the much-respected International Burton team left their mark at snowpark El Tarter with a spectacular freestyle show.
The craziest competition in the Pyrenees
Snowboarding training and the first qualifications took place on Thursday and Friday. Outstanding riders from all over the globe proved their technical creativity in a perfectly shaped park specially designed for this occasion. On Saturday, sixteen of them competed at the Expression Session and only eight qualified for the Total Fight. On Sunday, the heavy snowfall didn’t let the freeskiers follow the stablished rules so they all had to compete in only two runs. Only eight qualified and the first became the winner.
The Snowboard Master of Freestyle comes from Finland
Finnish rider Jaakko Ruha became Master of Freestyle of this third edition. He surprised the audience at Snowpark El Tarter with his incredible style and convinced the judges with a sick run on the pipe line, a 1080 on the big kicker and backside rodeo. Very close to him, Argentinean rider Mati Radaeli got second after two identical runs on the big air line: huge backside 7, crossbone on the step-up and rails line. Third place went to Uk and Andorra local Jamie Philip, one of the only riders to hit the big air in switch.
Snowpark El Tarter, best of the Pyrenees
Snowpark for the best
The slope style at Snowpark el Tarter will allow participants to choose between 2 lines. The first line starts with a gigantic Big Air followed by a spectacular 25 step double rail that leads to the second line with a 15m. step up. Here the riders will find the third line with a kicker and several boxes and a kink rail. Finally, a more technical line with a perfect halfpipe followed by a 15m. kicker over a Red Bull Hammer. Machines and shapers have been working hard for 5 days, preparing the terrain for this unique slope style in the Pyrenees.
A real freestyle festival
Music, photo and video festivals completed the agenda of Grandvalira Total Fight Masters of Freestyle. Riders, photographers, producers and freestylers could enjoy all the activities and surprises during 3 days. In the afternoons, Nemo club became a chilling and meeting point for riders and audience who could enjoy the best beats brought by Dj Pacheco and Dj Papicho and the best visuals by the festival Vj’s.
The best tunes shook Grandvalira for three days. The best Dj’s brought their selected tunes to Nemo during friday night, dedicated to rock and hip-hop by Dj Pacheco. The big show came on saturday night with Black Strobes’ dark disco and Dj Naughty’s beats at the Pepsi tent located in the parking space at Grandvalira- El Tarter. Band and Dj made the 2000 assistants dance for more than 3 hours with the best electronic beats.
Photo and Video Festival
The Photo and video festival was organized with the aim to show the latest of snowboard and ski photography and movie productions. Therefore, the festival is a platform where artists get a chance to show their work in public. Prestigious photographers such as Marc Gasch, Jaime Lahoz, Jesús Andrés Fernandez, Luís Alcaraz, Guille Gonzalez, Carlos Blanchard, Antxon, Alex Font and Roger Fornós presented their work to all the spectators. The Video Festival counted on the presence of Soul Productions and their latest freeski movie Freestyle Art 4, Sos Fil from Barcelona who also presented a freeski movie called Jiberama. For snowboarding films had the mad Argentinean crew Bad Quality Productions with Happy Riding, Canalsnowboard and Boardbox TV.