Grab your goggles and dust off your best Method, but leave your Triple Cork 1620s at home, because the Vans Hi-Standard is back in town! Once again, Vans Hi-Standard returns to its European home as the continents most stylish shredders hit the Vans Penken Park for this legendary Big Air event.
Shunning the ‘spin to win’ approach to modern competition, the Vans Hi-Standard takes things back to basics and celebrates the true roots of snowboarding, where style is the ultimate winner.
Having laid the foundations for this penultimate stop, the 2015 Vans Hi-Standard Series has already been seen throwing down the steeze and dishing out the Van Doren Dollars in the US, Canada and China before descending upon Mayrhofen: the last stop before returning to the US for the final showdown in California.
Adopting a high tempo Jam format, riders will huck themselves off the kicker in the Big Air category, and then get jibby with it as they session the rails. 66 riders will be battling it out for cold, hard cash, with the only judging criteria being STYLE, and – famously – no rotations over 720 are allowed, and anyone caught repeating tricks will be penalised! This refreshing approach has seen the Vans Hi-Standard become a much anticipated fixture of the snowboarding calendar; synonymous with style and where having a good time and shredding with buddies takes precedence.
Expect some big tricks from the likes of Kalle Ohlson, Tyler Chorlton and Sami Luhtanen from Vans’ European team as they join 63 other riders from across Europe, including other members of the Vans family: Rowan Coultas (UK), Joakim Rassmussen (Scandinavia), Enzo Nilo (France) and Clemens Schattschneider (Germany), amongst many others.
Riders can register at Mayrhofen’s Greenroom Shop on Friday 20th March, between 08:30 and 12:00, as well as later there same day: between 16:00 and 18:30. Latecomers can also register at Horberg Bahn on the morning of the event – between 07:30 and 09:00.
Once the ‘competition’ side of things is done with, attention no doubt turn to this season’s very special after party. For details and to keep up with the news, join the event on Facebook and follow #VansHiStandard.
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