When: Thu 1st of January 1970
Where: Nanshan, China
We really could not have asked for a better day. The crowd was stoked, the music was bumping and the weather was picture perfect. People from as far as Russia came to check out some of the best park riding out there so far this season as DJ Wordy and local Beijing punk bands Reflector and SKO rocked all day long under a clear sky with not a cloud in sight. The riders were on fire, as most of them were stoked to ride a park for the first time this season.
The guys warmed up for an hour before the start and we instantly knew we were in for a great show. The crowd made their way to the course to see by far the sickest riding we have ever seen on Chinese soil. With sunshine, free flow Red Bull and commentary in local Beijing Putong Hua, China really lived up to its reputation as the “land of smiles".
As the 16 international and 3 local Chinese wild cards took course, conditions could not have been better. With a slight breeze for the qualifying round, the wind died down and the snow softened up as the day went on. The guys were killing it out there. Mone was the first to set the bar with going huge over the first big kicker and Air Japan showed their neighbors how it’s done. Atsushi, Ruiki and Naoya owned the Nokia Nanshan Mellow Park. Everyone was killing it and the level of riding got better and better as the day went on.
Only 8 were to progress into the final and the decision for the top spots was tough. Tadej Valentan came out on top for the first round with a sick BS 7, a FS 360 and a Boardslide on the box. Other highlights included China’s only professional snowboarder Wang Lei hitting the big kicker pulling an insane Rodeo 5 and popping Front Flips as he continued down the course. As the field was narrowed down, the weather went from nice to perfect.
Hampus Mosesson was the big winner of the day. His first run was super solid with a BS 7 over the big kicker, a FS 360 Shifty and a 360 Bonk on the Quiksilver Barrel to finish it off. Second place went to two-time Nanshan Open competitor Kalle Ohlson as he was on fire today. He pulled a super sick HUGE BS 7 over the big kicker, a FS 5 and a 270 On/270 Off on the huge Fun Box. Coming in third was young gun Austin Smith who showed a BS 7, a FS 7 and an Indy to Fakie on the Wall Ride at the end.
Thanks to everyone who came out today and for making the 5th Red Bull Nanshan Open by far the most insane snowboard event in China ever. A special thanks to our sponsors Red Bull, Nokia, Quiksilver, Deeluxe and Gibson. See you all next year!
For more info and pics feel free to visit www.nanshanmellowpark.com or www.ttrworldtour.com.
Words: Ali Waugh