[Photos: Ben Burnett]
The snowy slopes of Mayrhofen, Austria glimmered in the sunshine as 50 girls from thirteen different countries gathered for the Skullcandy Sista Sessions. In one action-packed day the participants could join in on various activities: beginner lessons, small jam sessions and photo shoots, while the main focus was on the 3Star Swatch TTR Slopestyle competition. It was 19-year old up and coming ripper from Slovenia Urška Pribošič who deservedly took the top spot on the podium, while local Zillertal girl Christina “Tini" Gruber came in second and Claire Frost (GBR) in third. The title of best non-sponsored rider and a one-year clothing sponsorship with Billabong Girls went to the delighted Argentinean Chani Michaux who placed 13th.
The Vans Penken Park was groomed to perfection and consisted of two sets of rails and boxes, an 11m kicker followed by a 14m kicker. Urska’s super stylish winning run started off with a 50/50 on the top rail, a backside boardslide to frontside boardslide on the flat down box, then a huge backside 360 tailgrab on the Billabong kicker and a frontside 540 on the Skullcandy kicker that sealed her victory. Riding against some of Europe’s top-notch riders like Liza Filzmoser (AUT) and Basa Stevulova (SVK), Urška was happy and overwhelmed by her win “I can’t believe it because all the girls were riding so good. I’m stoked!" She had made her way to the invite list by winning the Skullcandy Sista Sessions Video Clip Contest, so a double victory for Urška!
Tini, who finished closely in second showed her skills on her home stomping ground with a backside boardslide to fakie and a 270 frontboard in the rail section to a big frontside 360 and stylish a backside 540 on the kickers. Claire nailed a solid run consisting of a frontside boardslide, gap 50/50, front side 360 melon grab and a huge backside 360. The happy top 5 riders all walked away with cheques and a pair of brand new Skullcandy headphones. The riding seen in the park impressed Head Judge Nina Rydelek, “We had a very good level on both rails and kickers. The girls really pushed each other to try 720’s, we have a good rookie winner and all the girls who went through the qualification really stepped it up against the invited riders." The top 3 girls won a place on the invited riders list of the 3Star Oakley Girlsessions in Ruka, Finland from 8-11 April 2010, while the top 5 are invited to the 3Star Shred Down Austrian Masters.
The Skullcandy Sista Sessions stayed true to its roots and included all levels of girls snowboarding with pro and the up-and-coming riders side by side. Also the beginners had the chance to learn all sorts of basic tricks with the guiding hand of the local SMT Snowboard School in the “Sweet Dream – Newbie Zone" and afterwards showed off their newly learned skills winning armfuls of prizes during the beginner box jam session. One of the stars of the day was 7-year old Annika Morgen (AUT), who was the youngest participant of the day and was killing it!
The busy chill zone featured a Christa Leonard photo exhibition brought to us by our sponsor Les Ettes and the popular waffle stand from Vans. Finally a “Hot chocolate Box Jam Session", presented by Billabong, ended the day in style.
We would like to thank all the girls who made the Skullcandy Sista Sessions a true success, not only by taking part in the competition, but also by creating such a friendly atmosphere, and pushing each other to progress. Big thanks goes out to our sponsors who made the event possible: Skullcandy, Mayrhofner Bergbahnen, Billabong Girls, Vans, Les Ettes, Sweet Dream and SMT Snowboard School. Watch out for our media partner magazine Cooler where you can soon read about the event and see exclusive photos!
Video from the Skullcandy Sista Sessions will be online shortly on www.sistasessions.com while photos are already up the Sista Sessions Facebook Fan Page! Upload your photos of the day to the Fan Page and you may be one of the lucky winners of the “best photo" competition for the public.
RANKING SKULLCANDY SISTA SESSIONS 2010
1.Urška Pribošič, SLO, Elan
2. Christina Gruber, AUT, Salomon, Bonfire, Adidas, Hotzone
3. Claire Frost, GBR, DC, Dragon, Pow Gloves, Snozone
4. Lucie Zabranska, CZE, Roxy
5. Conny Bleicher, GER, Elan, 686, Les Ettes
6. Diana Sadlowski, POL, Airblaster, Contract Snowboards, Flax Bindings
7. Katarzyna Rusin, POL, Salomon, Bonfire, Electric Visual, Femi Pleasure
8. Lisa Filzmoser, AUT, Dakine, Elan, Helly Hansen, Nikita
9. Andrea Binkert, SUI, Mr. Goodfun
10. Stevulova Basa, SVK, Roxy