Bluebird. The sun is shining and the Vans Penken Park appears in its entire splendour. In spite of the upcoming spring, the park conditions could not be any better. The perfect shape of the obstacles paint a picture of the outstanding work the shape crew has done and of the fact that they are eager to uphold their good reputation. It’s the VANS team shooting and a couple of team riders came to celebrate the exceptional season and to enjoy the shred fun to the fullest. You can see the motivation in the expression of the riders: They can’t wait to give their very best for this shooting!
Herby Thaler, Matthias Weissenbacher and Clemens Schattschneiderare part of the stoked group. They all are looking forward to the riding fun and a joint, relaxed spring session. The kick-off shows it all! The Vans pros start it off and prove, that they truly earned their spots in the Vans Team. Thereby, the Vans Penken Park again becomes the centre of an action shooting that can seldom be witnessed anywhere else. The snowboarders exceed themselves in every run and their tricks are getting more and more spectacular!
Snowboard shredster Herby Thaler has long built his reputation in the scene. At the shooting he summarizes the season and shows his passion for the session. He tells us how things went for him so far, “This season I many powder days. Now that spring is here I took part in a few contests and all in all it’s really been a good season. It was only last week that I won the Austrian Masters in Slopestyle! Stoked! Today I checked out the setup for the first time and it’s just perfect – the kickers are outstanding!"
The mellow atmosphere of the riders is contagious and thus a very relaxed ambiance distinguishes the VANS shooting from the season’s contests and pressure. Especially the riding fun becomes more and more important. The riders push themselves and create an explosive mix of top-class tricks and layback fun. You instantly realize that a feast for the eyes is being served!
Part of the crew is also the professional photographer Sebi Madlener who has photographed numerous pros. He knows from experience what matters at such a shooting. He came here from Innsbruck and was looking forward to this VANS session for some days. Sebi offers us a glimpse behind the scenes and tells us more about the shooting, “I heard about the shooting and that I could take part in it three days ago. For me it’s a great event. The park is in an exceptional condition and that makes my work not only a lot easier, but also more fun. When taking professional photos things work out differently than expected quite frequently, actually. But after talking the shooting through with the riders at the beginning of the day, everyone knows what to do. Sometimes things get more complex and then you take the time in the end and try to get it right. In fact, I prefer to spare the fun-takes for the end. Today I enjoy the shots of the kickers and the butter boxes the most and generally speaking you can definitely say that the jumps in Mayrhofen are phat!"
After such a lot of enthusiasm for the VANS Penken Park, there´s just one thing left to say: All those who haven’t seen this park live, have missed out on quite a lot! So, better get going and enjoy your ride!