The what-went-down at the recent Chamrousse crew battle.
This years' Intercrew was all about the magazines. Every mag in Europe - almost - sent their riders to fight over the terrain in the epic Sunset Park of Chamrousse. 4 days of stellar riding, but sadly less than epic weather, confirmed that Bruno Rivoire and his crew certainly know how to put a banging event together. As for the crews, we had: Entry (Italy), Snowboarder MBM (Germany), SCS (Belgium), Whiteout (Swiss) Snowtime (Fr), Snowsurf-SKG (Fr), Fluofun (Fr and current champs), Opium (Fr) and of course Onboard. On top of this we had a couple of riders crew, the local Atom crew, Les Deux Alpes Bouchkail crew, and finally the new comers called.. The New Comers.
The usually well named Sunset crew didn't see much sun on this edition unfortunately, which kinda put an end to the hopes of all the filmers and shooter desperate to get the infamous sunset shot from Chamrousse. But despite the difficult conditions, the organisers once again created yet another sick set up with multiple possibilities, that were shredded to the pieces by every man and his dog. The foggy weather left only the bottom section of the park visible to the judges and photographers where the big hip was the focus point for all the french craziness. Enzo Nilo didn't hesitate on his double bs rodeos, even though a hand was always dragging him along, and what can we say about Bruno Rivoire... he showed everyone what 'home turf advantage' really means.
The jib session was up next with the Vans best trick on a flat down rail. Manu Gomez showed his deep wizard's sleeve with combos like nollie backside hardway switch backside out, for example... just before the big injury of the day - a little big up for Martin Beauchaton, who had to leave in the heli...
The final day started with a super hard wake up call for most of us after a very heavy night - what else would you expect from the Intercrew? - and the clocks going forward to summertime didn't help the mind to see clearer. The very bright morning definitely gave an advantage to the Belgian crew - did they drink less than the others the night before? - as they were just slaying the big table time after time.
After that the only thing left was the big mystery of this 2010 edition: the 400m freestyle - as written on the program... Nobody knew what to expect, until Opium laid down the rules and every fall punished by the riders having to take a chug of booze. The bottles of Chartreuse went down pretty fast on that pace, and in no time even the mandatory (mandatory!) backscratchers were hard to perform on the quirky slopestyle in the woods.
When all was said and done, it was once again the Fluofun crew aka A Branler - which I won't translate here - that won the trophy for the second time running, in front of the solid and fighting Bouchkail crew.
Thanks to Bruno and his crew (Cocote, Ludo, Manu...) and the Chamrousse resort for putting on one of the funnest events on the continent. Thanks to Matt G and Onboard for the opportunity, Onboard did represent well even though we didn't beat our last year's third place... it was worth my 25H in the car. See ya all!
- Words and photos: Germain Ozer