http://mpora.com/videos/clCI4qfLW The perfect conditions in Funasdalen, Sweden for the second stop of the Nike Chosen Series saw AM riders travelling upwards of 1000KM from all corners of the country to compete.
With a 15m table and 17m to the sweet spot, the kicker and lollipop jib feature had a seeing to by 35 riders in the qualis which was cut down to a 10 man final by a 3 judge panel including Swedish legends Hampus Mosesson and Jakob Wilhelmson.
With Sweden suffering from a lack of snow in the early season, for many of the riders competing this was the first time over a kicker this winter, though under a floodlit park and a light snowfall you would have hardly have guessed it. The crowd were treated to a demonstration of style and tech in the finals that would have put an end of season AM comp in its place.
The lollipop got a working with Joel Anderson sticking a BS 360 Nosebonk and Simon Ahlvu showing his experience by pulling a crazy BS Rodeo Handplant.
Over on the kicker Philip Landmark stamped his technical prowess with a series of spins including a front 10, Karl-Anton Svensson bent his way around a super rare FS 720 Double Tailgrab and Joel Anderson stalled out a floaty back 5 no-grab before stomping a Double Backside Rodeo late in the jam.
The winner of the MVP was judged to be Anderson who threw it down all day with confidence and will be given an invite the Nike Chosen Sessions in April to session with the Nike Pros on a purpose built park, and the chance to be the overall “Chosen Rider”.
BEST OVERALL (MVP) – JOEL ANDERSON – LINKOPING
MOST CREATIVE – SIMON AHLUV – FALUN
BEST STYLE – KARL-ANTON SVENSSON – GOTEBORG
BEST GIRL – SARA KOSTAINEN – MARSTA
3 competing riders from each stop will also have the opportunity to gain a wildcard entry into the finals ‘Nike Chosen Sessions’. Watch the tricks and vote for which rider you think should make the finals.
More information and all upcoming stops on www.nikechosenseries.com