The final of the 13th edition of the Poney Session kept its promises! Under a bright blue sky and with technical snow, the high level of our competitors surpassed all our large crowd’s expectations as they watched it all go down in the Lary-Soulan snowpark.
The morning began with a riders’ meeting at 10am launching the hour-long ‘Jam Session’, a session allowing all riders to access the park however many times they pleased. This is a very particular format, specific to snowboarding competitions. Here, performance and friendliness go hand in hand.
Technique and style were the two main criteria for the judges, though amplitude is of course, always an important factor. It was not easy for our judges to separate the pack into the 14 finalists that each had 5 runs to show off their talent. In the end, the Scandinavians dominated the final with impressive tricks, both technically and visually. Of course, frenchman Boris Mounton gave his all in the finals to ensure that the French clan be well represented on the International scene.
Enzo Nilo, on the other hand, broke his board at the beginning of the competition and was forced to ride Mathieu Crépel’s board instead.
The crowd, of course, encouraged, applauded, and was thrilled upon watching the many backflips and other tricks. The snowboarders really played on this excitement and gave them an amazing show. Furthermore, the fans of the Poney Session who remained in town were able to follow the evolution of the competition in real time on various social networks thanks to SOSH, our technical partner, who helped energize the event by providing free wifi for the whole crowd.
The event’s Godfather, Mathieu Crépel stated, “The great spirit of the Poney Session reigned once again: competitors of a high level, togetherness, performance… everything that characterizes snowboarding and why we love our sport, our passion. I’m happy. The French represented us well, and we all had a great time!”
After a long deliberation, it was finally Swiss rider Jonas Boesiger who took first with 84.72 points, followed by the Canadian Antoine Truchon with 83.05 points, and Norwegian Stian Kleivdal taking third with 79.44 points.
The finalists joined the rest of the riders for the ‘Cash for Tricks’ competition on a course designed by Mathieu Crépel ‘the pena Crépel’. Mathieu didn’t hesitate to show everyone the extent of his talents and his most stylish tricks!
The award ceremony will take place at the end of today in the Saint-Lary-Soulan resort. The perfect place for the riders and the public to meet is at ‘The Ball’, the party organized for the event with DJs from Paris and the four corners of France.