When: Thu 22nd of March 2007
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
The fifth edition of the Waengl Taengl in Mayrhofen / Zillertal was carried out in perfect conditions from 22-25 March, 2007. Once again the Aesthetiker event delivered the highest level of innovative freestyle snowboarding. Steve Gruber claimed the victory of the most important event of the TTR world pro tour in Austria in a competition against a strong international field of the best snowboard freestylers.
"For me it was one of the coolest contests ever," he said. "I can’t believe that I won. A big thanks to everyone who made this event possible." Steve Gruber's biggest victories were the medal of the halfpipe viceworld champion and the victory of the first Aesthetiker Waengl Taengl in 2003. The repetition of his victory four years later was mainly because "… the atmosphere was fantastic. The level of riding was incredible because the riders motivated each other tremendously. On every good trick the riders at the start were going crazy which motivated the next riders enormously," said Steve.
In the finals Steve set a high level in his first run with cab 720, switch bs 540, bs 720 and an extremely stylish move in the so called ‘taco’. All of this as known from Steve with huge airtime and massive style. Competition came mainly from the Scandinavian side. On the kicker line the finish rider Jakko Ruha and Kalle Ohlsen from Sweden showed their impressive skills which unfortunately weren’t enough to battle the solid performance of Steve Gruber who won herewith valuable TTR points, the biggest part of the US$ 30.000.- prize money and a Suzuki LT-Z400 Quad Bike.
The goal of the Aesthetiker events is to show snowboarding how it is lived and how it really is which means a riding versatility and creativity. The snow park on the Penken Mountain was designed, constructed and shaped by the Mayrhofner Berbahnen and the Aesthetiker crew with knew obstacles to give the riders the opportunity to not only prove their technical snowboard skills but also to use their head. Various possibilities to use the park were given to the riders. Besides the kicker line, a rail line, a cradle and a so called ‘taco’, an obstacle which came out of the innovative Aesthetiker think tank, was there to be ridden.
The riders were asked to show a varied riding which in the end placed Steve Gruber in front of the two Scandinavians. This was a strong sign of life of the upcoming riders. Kalle Ohlsen proved after is second place at the Nashan Open in China and his 14th place at the Billabong World Junior Pro that his second place at the Aesthetiker Jam –Waengl Taengl would earn him a good place on the TTR world ranking list.
As the arrangement of the Aesthetiker Jam – Waengl Taengl has a perfect structure, the event is rated as a TTR 5 star event which is the second highest position within the TTR world tour and the only event in Austria in this category. The TTR world tour is opened to all snowboarders and allows all talented riders a quick access to be amongst the world’s best known riders as Marc Swoboda from Austria proved this weekend. Only two weeks ago Marc won the TTR 3 Star event, the Austrian Rookie Challenge and got herewith a wildcard to the Aestheiker Jam – Waengl Taengl. In an impressive way he went trough the qualifying rounds and astonished not only himself but also the others with a fourth place.
"This day is incredible for me," Marc said. "For the first time I am riding and Aesthetiker event and I was already stoked to have made it to the finals. The fourth place is unbelievable. The park is fantastic and the possibility to take various lines is great for the riders. A really great weekend."
And indeed, it was an incredible weekend. On top of the snowboard contest, all aspects of snowboarding were taken care of at the Aesthetiker Jam – Waengl Taengl. Besides the art exhibition with the motto ‘No New Enemies’ where artists from streetart and boardsport culture came together, the Jäzz Lounge was an unforgettable party. In the Red Bull skatepark Phillip Schuster won the ticket to the European Championchips in Basel. The victory in the miniramp went to Michael Nadler who was absolutely overwhelmed.
Leonhard Gruber, the Aesthetiker CEO summed up: "In the last 10 years we have set a standard with our events. The Aesthetiker Jam – Waengl Taengl especially demonstrates our ambitions. Here we are transferring our whole experience and creativity. Thanks to the support of our partners, the Aesthetiker are able to fulfil the dream of uniting a snowboard contest with a skateboard contest as well as a Modart exhibition and several parties. It was a banging weekend!"
Results Aestheiker Jam - Waengl Taengl 07 Mayrhofen
- 1. Steve Gruber (Aut)
- 2. Jaakko Ruha (Fin)
- 3. Kalle Ohlsen (Swe)
- 4. Marc Swoboda (Aut)
- 5. Wolle Nyvelt (Aut)
- 6. Anthony Holland (Sui)