The Suzuki Nine Knights 2016 sets out on a new “Mission” to innovate hip and transition riding by building one glorious obstacle: a gigantic hip with 5 take-offs, shaped to perfection.
From the 29th of March to the 2nd of April the best transition snowboarders in the world will have the opportunity to progress hip riding to a new level. Playing host to the film and photo mega session is the picturesque Watles, in the Venosta Valley in South Tyrol, Italy. The 3D course design shows a 15m tall and over 60m long multi-feature hip structure with a plethora of take-offs and landing options. The possibilities appear to be limitless and it will certainly be an exciting week that will is topped off with a Public Contest Day on Saturday the 2nd of April 2016.
The iconic Suzuki Nine Knights & Suzuki Nine Queens events have grown exponentially every year; more features and athletes leading to increasingly epic performances at every event. In 2016 the event takes on a refreshing new direction, beginning with the men’s “Mission” to focus on one obstacle: “The Perfect Hip”. “The two-year rhythm allows the alternate years a new freedom to keep it fresh, get creative and try new concepts while focusing on progression,” explains event founder Nico Zacek. Find out more in the interview below with Nico…
Why and how is the event concept changing this season?
Nico: After running the events for 8 years, we were looking to keep things fresh and we came up with a way to hopefully innovate even more. We will continue to run the “original” winter events that everybody knows on a two-year rhythm, alternating the Suzuki Nine Knights and Suzuki Nine Queens. But we wanted to give ourselves the freedom to run the so-called “Missions” in the lay-seasons. Once in a while we have some really great ideas that we want to realise, but they don’t fit within the original concept. So the first “Mission” we are tackling is “The Perfect Hip” in Watles.