Ride the Stairway 2009

When: 6-7 February, 2009

Where: Solingen, Germany


Marlon Boeger – photo: Tim Korbmacher

Marlon Boeger won the fourth Ride the Stairway 2009 event in Solingen, Germany.

The comp began with loads of sunshine on Friday afternoon. More than 40 riders registered for the qualification and 22 were left to compete in the Best Trick competition.

In addition to a very narrow starting point, the level of difficulty was increased even further by a minimal curve in the setup and the following kinkledge as well as the quarter in the runout. Accordingly the the riding level of the qualified starters was high and the set up saw tricks suchs as frontside 180 to backside 180 to revert, frontflips, backside 270 to 270 off, noseslides to revert or feebles on the quarter. Daniel Frietsch won the ‚Best Trick Snowboard’, Torge Nagel was first placed in Freeski.

Saturday started with rain and left with rain – but that couldn’t stop the riders from shredding the setup. The finals started on-time in the afternoon. The snowboarder again impressed the spectators with some backside blunts, frontflips or frontside noseslides, backside 270 to 270 offs and many more… Judges as well as the audience were stoked from the 14-year old rookie Henri Wehr. Henri started with a wildcard and kept up very well with the other riders. He passed every trick he wanted to ride! That brought him the third place. First became Marlon Boeger who won also last year’s Ride The Stairway contest.


Chriss Peiffer – photo: Tim Korbmacher

The first placed riders received giveaways from Skullcandy, Bern Helmets, Rome Snowboards, Carhartt and the Vibes Store as well as prize money.

In the evenig the riders, judges and spectators went to the official riders party with punkrock liveact Dan Dryers.

Results
1st: Marlon Boeger
2nd: Sascha Vossen
3rd: Henri Wehr

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See the X in the foreground? That’s where dude needs to get X-treme. In this case a backie. Photo by Martin Donat.

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany might not be famous for big mountain riding, but they sure can put on a rail-contest. “Ride the Stairway” taking place for the fourth time is Snowboard/ Mountainbike/ Freeski (gasp) competition taking place in the historical surroundings of Solingen-Gräfrath. The jib-session will go down with the help of some artificial snow and organizers promise amateur and professional riders from all over Germany to destroy the setup. There is now entrance fee and of course snacks and beer are at hand. On Friday February 6 qualification starts and in the evening the best trick session will go down. The next day after pratice, starting at noon the finals are on. The crazy train will then move to a club to party on. Last year 8000 spectators made the pilgrimage every day, so make sure you are do the same this year!