[And at long last, here's the highlights of the Snowboard finals with none of that other jibber jabber getting in the way.]
The internet's favourite snowboarder, Halldor Helgason, sends SEO nerds wild as he wins the 2011 edition of Freestyle.CH, with Seppe Smits and Ståle Sandbech in second and third.
The sun was shining once more for this year's edition of the Freestyle.CH, banishing the sodden memories of last year's washout. Though the hype was all about the (mini) Mega Ramp making its debut on European shores, we were far more concerned with watching the snowboarding, and getting an early look at what we might expect from this season's contest schedule. On the basis of this, doubles are the new black, 10s are the new 7s, but some cats can still stomp down the style when they feel like it.
When all was wrapped, Halldor Helgason bagged the swag with a front 10 double that was almost as narcoleptic as the one he did to win the X-Games a couple years back. As he says in his interview in next month's Onboard mag, he's just as likely to come last as first in contests such is his death or glory approach to riding. This time it was Stompy Lobster that turned up, and when that guy's in the house then he'll always have a say.
So, entertain yourselves with the highlights of all the event's winners (apologies for the helicoptering in there), where you'll see Halldor Helgason's swag bagging front 10 double. He does them so lazy-style it is unreal.
And for more pure shredding, here's the cut of the snowboard semi finals.
And here's the qualifiers, with some proper stompers from Halldor (rocket air backflip late 180, yes!) Marko Grilc, Christian Haller, Seb Toutant and more...