08/03/2013 | by Tom Copsey
Only two words can describe the PONEY SESSION on DAY 2: EXTREME action! Check what went down in the media of video and words…
Due to near blizzard conditions on Thursday and the forecasted windy conditions on Saturday and Sunday, PONEY organization and riders worked together to complete course training, qualifications AND finals in one day – Friday, March 15th.
At the end of Friday afternoon only ten finalists remained. Greg Poissonier, competition MC extraordinaire, guided the crowd, play-by-play, through a series of 45 minute heats in which the squad of Finish, Norwegian and Russian riders showed off their best skills and tricks – e.g. the double, 10, ‘Miller’ flip, back flip, front flip, to name a few… To say the crowd was excited to see so much talent perform on the PONEY course, in one day, would be an understatement!
The competition results are as follows:
At just 15 years old, Vlad Kadharin from Russia, earns the Best Rookie title and 500 € with his impressive action on the rails section and jumps.
Sami Luhtanen from FINLAND wins Best Trick on the SALOMON sponsored JAIL RAIL section (cash prize: 500€) with his performance of the ‘Cab 27 front board’.
Aleksi Partanen, another ripper from FINLAND, wins the BIG AIR MONSTER (500€) with a switch double rodeo back.
Martin Kalliola, yet another Finish rider, wins the Best Trick on DAKINE TABLE GAP (500€) and landed one of the few tricks made on the GAP, a backside 5 stale-fish super engaged!
Overall 1st place for the PONEY SESSION 2013, goes to newcomer Aleksi Partanen, 20 years old. He impressed both crowd and judges with his 50/50 180 out, on the JAIL RAIL Section, followed by a switch double rodeo back on Big Air, and then finishing with a massive Front 10 on the Dakine Table – winning him 5000 € in prize money!
Overall 2nd place goes to the Finish machine, Sami Luhtanen, who earned his place on the podium (and 2500 €) with his consistent audience wowing doubles.
Last but certainly not least, overall 3rd place goes to Martin Kaliolla, winning 1200€.
The PONEY’s off slope grand finale heats up at the “GARDE A VUE” electro party on Saturday, March 16th! DJ’s such as Etienne de Crecy, Radio Nova Battle, DJ SKILLZ vs. DJ PACE and MODULAR DJ vs. MERIDIANS, will be lighting up ST LARY on Saturday night. This is a party NOT to be missed!
“GARDE A VUE” party details are shown below:
March Saturday 16th, GYMNASIUM SAINT LARY SOULAN, 21H00 – 03H00
Reservation on digitick.com 20 €