When: Sun 23rd of September 2007
Where: Zurich, Switzerland
I maintain that this event is killer. However, you always tend to leave the site pretty late and last night the immediate call of ‘party’ prevented your correspondent from doing an update. Apologies. And sue me.
Yesterday, it was the snowboard qualifiers. And it all went good for most. But hey, today is when the real money’s gonna get put down so rather than go on about cab nines and switch backside 10s we’ll leave it for tonight’s blue ribbon event closer. Oh, also, from yesterdays report you’ll be glad to know that Torstein Horgmo’s injury is’t as serious as we feared and he should be back on it in a couple weeks. Happy days. And Canadian Matt Belzine’s sick backside 10 got omitted from the report for some reason. It was nice. I like.
Anyway, in reality yesterday’s main event, and arguably the crowd favourite of the whole weekend, was the crossover session. Always sick to watch, this pits 3 of the highest ranked riders across the Freestyle.CH’s 4 sports head to head, with the crowd voting with their lungs to crown the crossover champ.
For the snowboarders, Mathieu Crepel, Andreas Wiig and Markus Keller got the nod to represent the side sliders and they immediately got down to business. Competition was stiff from the crazy spinning of the ski dudes, TJ Schiller went round at least 3 ½ times and the double frontflips of Simon Dumont had the crowd in full voice. The FMX petrol heads were backflipping and indian-knack-knack-can-can-plus-heaps-of-other-tricks-i-dunno-what-you-call for all their worth and, something of a rarity I think, one of them actually stacked it. Under rotating on a backflip-stick-your-feet-out-to-the-side (I’m sure it has a cooler name than that) he caught the front wheel on the knuckle and proceeded to eat dirt. He seemed fine though, but in a fucked up masochistic kinda way it was cool to see that those guys don’t land everything all the time. The skaters weren’t really doing it, it seemed. It looked like they were missing the big hitters like Sandro Dias and Jocke Olson.
Anyway, snowboarding. Wiig ate it on a rodeo 7 but put down a fs9 but it wasn’t good enough. Kermit Keller, dressed from head to toe in a green gimp suit stoked the crowd with a couple of backflip double-shiftys but was put out of contention by skiing helicopters, and so it was down to Crepel to represent us in the super final. Having put down the switch backside 1260 clean, and getting possibly the loudest cheer to that point, he was looking to be the perfect ambassador in this cross-sport summit.
In the super final it was Crepel vs 2 ski dudes. Sadly, for snowboarding, he went for the frankly mind-boggling switch backside 1440 but took off kinda wrong and ate it. Cue our call to exit swiftly, but we saw the eventual winner put down the double frontflip one more time.
Then, legging it round the outside to avoid the throng of 40,000 people blocking our way back to our tent, we ran into the Forum/Special Blend guys with their camo-ed van and guerrilla marketing techniques, showing the new Special Blend flick on a booming screen out the back of the van. The movie looks good and we’re sure to be taking a closer look shortly. But we had to bounce. Like I said, someone was calling ‘party’ pretty loud.
Final report late tonight / tomorrow morning. And then a full gallery a bit later.