The Horsefeathers JIB MASTERS 2008 has been cancelled. Due to current snow conditions in Cerny Dül the organizers decided to cancel the fourth year of the event, that was to take place there at the end of March. „Snow coverage is inadequate and due to current temperatures snow making is out of the question“, key organizer Richard Skandera explains. “Over the last two and a half months the resort has seen a mere ten centimeters of snow and with the ongoing temperature highs snow making has been just about impossible". Moving the event to another resort is not realistic, considering the short notice and all the preparations involved.
Some of the best jibbers in Europe, fifteen to be exact, were invited to this year’s contest. Amongst them Mark Swoboda and Seppi Sholler from Austria, Flo Burgel, Michi Zirngibl and Thomas Schwarz from Germany, French rider Lionel Nogue, Finnish rider Ville Uotila, Bazsi Takacs from Hungaria and Wojtek Pawlusiak from Poland. Even American Jed Hoffman from Boreal Mountain was planning to ride in the contest. Two-time Best Trick winner Jan Zajic and three-time Best Innovator Ondra Svoboda of the Czech Republic had also been invited. Another 15 riders could acquire one of the wild cards by sending in a nomination video. “This year I received over forty videos from the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria and Slovakia. Most of the videos were really great", says Richard Skandera who had not yet chosen his favorites. The 30 riders would have divided up 250 000 Czech crowns in prize money.
The Horsefeathers Jib Masters has been canceled twice now; lack of snow interfered with the event last year as well. Therefore, the organizers are considering relocating the event to a resort abroad next year. The first Jib Masters took place in 2004 in Rejdice. The beginning of international interest happened the very next year in Kramolín, and continued in 2006 at Cerny Dül. Since then, the Horsefeathers Jib Masters has become an icon of the snowboarding season not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. „I sincerely regret that the contest won’t go ahead as planned. But current snow conditions would not allow me to provide the high standard expected by riders and spectators alike. Going ahead with the event would represent a step backwards, which would not be a good investment for the future", concludes Richard Skandera. In the meantime, the Jib Masters crew is trying to move the event to some of the Austrian resorts. In this case the competition could be going down in May or June 2008. Let's hope that it all works out in the end.
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