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Wängl Tängl Gäng Jäm Finalists Decided.

18:02 18th March 2009 by Onboard Snowboarding
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When: 18 March 2009

Where: Mayrhofen, Austria


Danny Larsen. Photo: My Epic Snappy Snappy. All other photos: Daniel Burrows.

This event is rad. Period.

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We’re back in the Vans Penken Park for the 7th edition of the Wängl Tängl, and this time round the Ästhetikers decided to mix things up even further than the usual heavy dose of creativity. It’s a team event this year, and it’s made for a hyper-geil spectacle.

Riders, spectators and media alike were all stoked on seeing the teams of 4 tear through the diverse array of hits and jibs; perhaps the only people for who this format is not so good for is the judges who must have a crazy hard time following the cannon-balling procession of shreds firing through. Joonas Mustonen of Team Scallywag (all dressed in matching stripy tops and skin-tight pants) was certainly backing it. “It’s so much fun,” he grinned. “We can ride all the same time and while we individually might not do the sickest stuff in one run, another guy will so you can concentrate on maxing out the style, so it works great.”


I a hoping this is Tom Tramnitz. If it is not, then I am sorry.

How the teams were decided was pretty funny too. The invited and pre-qualified riders buddied up in teams of 3, to be joined by one other dude who got ‘drafted in’ last night. Basically the teams drew lots and the rookies who qualified on Saturday stood atop the mini and got picked. It was like footy in the playground and while there was the inevitable embarrassment for the last couple of guys to be picked, it was all good humoured and no sooner were the teams locked down then the riders started planning their assault on the park.


Larsen again, poking out the backside 180 for the Pirates.

There seemed to be two schools of thought in approaching the runs. Some, like Team Scallywag (Niki Korpela, Joonas Mustonen, Ethan Morgan and Rich Hookes) and Team Jack & Cheese (Iouri Podladtchikov, Markus Keller, Lucas Blaser and Jack Shackleton) favoured the chasing-each-other’s-tails approach, whereas others were content to ride more conventionally with a bigger spacing between the shreds. Personally, you gotta love the cannonball and I think the judges were thinking the same too. A small, yet rad, extra was that the teams could choose the tune to which they would ride. I would have gone for the theme from Top Gun, but although the riders don’t have quite as wise musical vision there were some killer beats blasted out – from death metal to eurotechno to The A Team theme and everything in between.


Fellow Pirate and snus hound Eirik Haugo.

The level of riding, as we’ve come to expect at this event, was top notch with 9s and 10s in a bunch of different ways commonplace (Ethan Morgan deserves props for putting down a kinda double cork backside 10 on the last hit), but what made the spectacle all the more entertaining was the quirky little transfers, synchronised shreddery (iPod and Keller were trying to get their backside rodeo and backflip over the same table from the different takeoffs as close together as possible) and moments of inspired creativity like one Kröll brother unstrapping and kicking the other round to make him pretzel out of a box.


Hmm. Someone rather good at snowboarding.

Under the blazing Austrian sun old school legends like Peter Ström, Ingemar Backman, Beckna and Steve Gruber were mixing it up with the qualifiers, snowballs were flying at one-armed skiers, meat was grilled, beer was drunk and the park was taken to pieces by all involved. Standouts for me were Team Scallywag’s mad tech, Team Jack & Cheese’s steeze and flow, Gary Greenshield’s double backs, Mustonen’s wang and the Pirates’ choice of tunes.


Lukas and Keller syncing out for Team Jack & Cheese.

The weather is potentially going to be a dick tomorow so we’ll see if the finals get done tomorrow or if they have to wait till Friday. Millencollin will be rocking out tomorrow night so everyone is hoping for it to get wrapped before that so all and sundry can cut loose, but we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, enjoy Burrows’s shots, watch the team picking and check back as we’ll be getting a video highlights from today shortly.


Joonas Mustonen has mad wang.


Niki Korpela.


Stefan Gimpl was ruling for the Ä Team.


Tobias Karlsson.


The curse of the unknown rider…


… strikes again.

Wängl Tängl Gäng Jäm Finalists.

Jack & Cheese
1 Markus Keller CH
2 Iouri Podlachikov CH
3 Lukas Blaser CH
4 Jack Shackelton UK

Ä-Team
1 Stefan Gimpl AUT
2 Chris Kröll AUT
3 Rudi Kröll AUT
4 Christian Scheidreiter AUT

Les trous de balles
1 Arthur Longo FRA
2 Tonton Holland CH
3 Valérian Ducourtil FRA
4 Robert Wallner AUT Teamlist Snowboard Final

Scallywag’s
1 Niki Korpela FIN
2 Joonas Mustonen FIN
3 Ethan Morgan GER
4 Richard Hookes UK

Pirates Significuntz
1 Tylor Chorlton UK
2 Eirik Haugo NOR
3 Danny Larsen NOR
4 Christian Hettegger AUT

ChÄos 1 Steve Gruber AUT
2 Thomas Eberharter AUT
3 Klaus Hofmeister AUT
4 Georg Huber AUT

The Germ’s
1 Lars Oesterle GER
2 Heinz Löhle GER
3 Gary Greenshields UK
4 Manuel Lindmoser AUT

Looser Round of 3 Teams for the 8th Final Spot

Good Times
1 Marc Andre Tarte CAN
2 Hubert Fill AUT
3 Alexander Walch AUT
4 Benjamin Mösl AUT

Absolut
1 Herby Thaler AUT
2 Michi Stanschitz AUT
3 Phillip Gruber AUT
4 Tom West UK

Untouchable’s
1 Reini Rieser AUT
2 Benjamin Wetscher AUT
3 Tom Klocker AUT
4 Thomas Tramnitz AUT

Read more on the Wängl by clicking below:

Wängl Tängl 09 Losers Finals.
Wängl Tängl 09 Final Jam Session.

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