Seppe Smits took top honours for the third year running at the Spring Battle in Flachau. For those of you who didn’t tune in on Friday night to the webcast from Flachau’s Spring Battle, you missed out on all kinds of shenanigans. For a start, snowboard raps. Yes, you heard it right, a bunch of white dudes rhyming about riding. Incredibly relevant, clearly. In between video judging of the riders’ best runs. It was like a pilot episode of X Factor meets snowboarding, the rappers providing the cringe and Henry Jackson as Ant, Dec, and Dermot too. Everybody there was sufficiently inebriated so as not to notice or care though, and one by one the riders would be up on stage to, umm, well they might as well talk about their tricks and plead a bit with the judges. Long legged ladies kept the ever changing leader in the big throne in the corner refreshed, and left us feeling like we at home were about to miss out on a suitably shambolic party that was slowly snowballing along, rappers and all. Smits trumped Carlos Gebber with a backside double 10 nosegrab, no mean feat given the variable light and the falling snow. Since this was the first 5* event of the new season, Smits will be returning to Belgium with 17 grand and a fistful of 850 World Snowboard Tour points for the new year.
Here’s what the organisers had to say about it:
The Spring Battle 2013 was an overall success: Best park set-‐up, a crazy after party, happy riders and enthusiastic spectators. Spring Battle 2014 – we’re ready to kick off!
You can find all further information here www.absolutpark.com.
1. Seppe Smits (BEL)
2. Carlos Gerber (SUI)
3. Kim Rune Hansen (NOR) 4. Brage Richenberg (NOR) 5. Sondre Tiller (NOR)
6. Markku Koski (FIN)
7. Tor Lundstrom (SWE)
8. Simen Neraker (NOR)
9. Seth Hill (USA)
10. Morten Kleivdal (NOR)
11. Herbert Thaler (AUT)
12. Roman Hausammann (SUI) 13. Ville Uotila (FIN)
14. Rowan Coultas (GBR)
15. Even Solbraa (NOR)
16. Peter Walchhofer (AUT) 17. Max Buri (SUI)
18. Mario Käppeli (SUI)
Absolut Park – Shuttleberg Flachauwinkl – Kleinarl