Mayrhofen 22-25 March 2007
One of the most exciting contest finals of the TTR worldtour. This and nothing less is what spectators want to see at this year´s Ästhetiker Jam, Wängl Tängl in Mayrhofen, Zillertal. The history of the event is marked by very tight standings, ex-equo places and sleepless judges.
One reason for this being the huge contest arena which gives the riders endless possibilities to show and even expand their snowboard freestyle skills. New obstacles in the park challenge the riders to creativity and spontaneity every year. The setting of the contest format is done together with the riders especially focusing on technical execution and variation. The main emphasis is on style and an aesthetical performance.
A specialty of the ‘Wängl Tängl’ is the unique contest park that allows riders to have a variety of runs. Depending to the run chosen, riders can go over either a three kicker line plus endsection or a kicker combination with handrails followed by the end section. On every run a series of four tricks have to be executed and stomped. All runs have to be different from each other delivering a maximum of trick variations.
Last years presence of riders from 16 nations wasn’t enough to battle the culmination of all finals carried out between Finland and Austria. The Finish crew with Aleksi Vaninnen, Tomi Savela, Jakko Ruha and Ville Uoitila was hungry for victory showing state-of-the-art techniques in freestyle snowboarding. The crew from Austria with the Aesthetikers Wolle Nyvelt, Chris Kröll, Stefan Gimpl and the unfortunately injured Steve Gruber could only bring one shredder to the podium: Stefan Gimpl defended the Aesthetiker home turf tying on second place with Tomi Savela. The tight winner and recipient of an ‘Ä’ tree trunk was Ville Uoitila with the highest technical versatility, clean landings and a decent style.
Being upgraded to a TTR 5(five) star event, this years Ästhetiker Jam ‘Wängl Tängl’ attracts even more of the world’s best freestyle snowboarders. This means more TTR ranking points (850 points for the winner) and more prize money, namely US$ 30.000!
Up-and-coming riders can qualify at the legendary ‘Shred Down’ in Westendorf for the Ästhetiker Jam ‘Wängl Tängl’. 10 riders qualify to be amongst the 48 riders who will fight for the Wängl-crown in 2007.
Of course snowboarding is not the only thing happening on this weekend. A variety of events joining the boardsport lifestyle are taking place in Mayrhofen.
A street skate park is especially set up for this weekend for everyone to roll. Skateboard contests are happening in the miniramp and in the ‘Game of Skate’. Numerous international skate-pros are invited to fight for prize money and trophies.
For the first time an art exhibition in collaboration with the project ‘Modart’ will take place. Just beside the skate park, various streetart and boardsport artists are invited for a week to work on a live-installation and present their artwork. The title of the exhibition is ‘No New Enemies’.
Party and music have always been amongst the highlights of aesthetiker events. This years motto is ‘Jäzz Lounge’ with live music by the ‘Waxolutionists featuring The Supercity Soundsystem’.
This weekend will definitely not be very restful for riders, guests and spectators. Besides all the action taking place, improvement on the personal riding skills are also an option as the halfpipe and the medium size park are always open to the public.
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