Despite heavy conditions (strong winds, super icy pipe and fog), the kids put up a real nice battle for the Iceripper Junior Open in Laax last weekend.
Taking the conditions into account, the riding level was really impressive with lots of airtime from the boys and girls and technical as well stylish tricks. Zimtstern rider Clemens Schattschneider was one of the style masters, starting his run with a high and clean lien air followed by a backside 540, a frontside 720, a sick haakon flip 720, finishing with a frontside 540° and ended up 3rd. He had to leave the top of the U20 podium to his Austrian buddy Mathias Weissenbacher and the Swiss upspring Jan Scherrer.
In the U16 boys category Linus Birkendahl, was faced with his strongest rivals, 2 of the greatest newcomers in snowboarding: Tim-Kevin Ravnjak from Slovenia and David Hablützel from Switzerland. After an incredibly rad run Linus won the qualifications. In the finals he came third behind the Swiss and the Slovenian.
For the women there was no age limit and so Helene Nadig could proof her skills in the field of the young girls.
She came 2nd in the sandwich between the French power ladies, Clémence Grimal and Emma Bernard in the women’s elite category.
The Junior Open events are part of the TTR world tour as well as of the Swiss snowboard series and the riders took home a total prize money of 3000.- CHF as well as some nice Zimtstern gear.
The next Junior Open is coming in January in Davos on January 22nd & 23rd, 2011. Keep yourself in the loop on facebook.com/junioropen!