This week my blog comes exclusively from Austrian pro snowboarder and good friend Sani Alibabic...
Marco just called me up and asked me to write something for his blog. He said I could write what ever I want. Since I was in China two weeks ago I thought you might want to hear about it.
Burton teamed up with the Beijing Pop and Music festival to hold a big air event in the middle of the Beijing city. I thought it was a really good mix, snowboarding with a lot of good bands like Placebo, Supergrass, Skid Row, and so many more. The riders who attended were myself, Grillo, Tadashi Fuse, Kazu Kokubo, Shota Suzuki, Kevin Pearce, Luke Mitrani, Yale Cousino and Chris Rotax. Arriving in the city was already a big cultural shock. 15 million people, huge buildings everywhere, a lot of military, crazy driving style, like nobody takes care about lights or street signs, you just honk and go for it! Crazy!!! The pollution in the air is so thick that you can’t even see the sky if it’s not windy but nevertheless it was really interesting.
The jump at the eventside was small but still big enough to put on a show and pull out some tricks. At first everyone was just doing small spins but that quickly turned into backside Rodeos, 9s and tandem backflips. The trick the crowd was the most stoked on though was the rapid fire jumps at the end of the show. I think it was really good introduction of snowboarding and I hope that it motivated a lot of Chinese people to do it.
Since we had some days left before we had to leave we did the full sightseeing tour and checked out the forbidden city, Tiananmen square (you remember the 1989 protest where this student gets crushed by a tank), the Silk market, a lot of clubs, the great Chinese wall, really hurting foot massage, some weird food and so much more.. pretty impressive!
It was for sure one of the coolest trips I ever did.