23/04/2014 | by Tom Copsey
From 5th to 7th of April K2 Snowboarding hosted their inaugural Kranked Slalom in Kleinwalsertal/Austria. Friends, riders, families, and select media all showed up to celebrate K2′s 25th anniversary of their foray into snowboarding. The weather conditions couldn’t have been much worse (fog, icy course, rain on Sunday). However, 38 teams (of three riders each) showed up to battle it out on a course full of banks, bonks, jibs and jumps. And while banked slaloms seem to be all the rage these days, this one had its very own twist on fun and creativity. The teams of three had to ride it at the same time, making it a good mix of slopestyle, slalom, and boardercross madness. Rumor has it that some teams even used their creativity to find some shortcuts in the opaque fog…
Team “Original Zillertal”, consisting of Alex Walch, Georg Huber and Tom Trammitz, could cope best with these conditions, scored first place and are now happy winners of a Japan Powder Adventure with elooa Camps. Second became the local team “Handsome” with Clemens Paul, Florian Geiger and Roland Matt, followed by the “Gnarlberg Steinbocks” around Chris Schnabel, Simon Holzknecht and Irian van Helfteren.
After the prizegiving the punk cover band “Desert Haze” played good old snowboard tunes while people gave the mini ramp in front of the Auenhütte (an awesome place run by very snowboard-minded people) a good beating. Later, all the action moved into a big party tent, where Austrian hip-hop act Demograffics, the Baywatch Soundsystem and free K2 drink vouchers kept the crowd crazy until the wee hours of Sunday. About 50 people fell asleep in their camp beds in the sleeping tent, which K2 Snowboarding splashed out on its birthday bash.
Now what did K2 have to say about this? “All in all the K2 KRANKED Slalom was a worthy gathering, where old dogs and young guns, pro riders and soul shredders came together to have a good time. They all drove home with a big smile in the face and are already looking forward to the next K2 KRANKED!”