[Young Frenchy Sacha Moretti, Backflip Indy on the Pole Jam © Fred Egli]
Italian shredder Emilio Lauzi wins the 14th edition of the Poney Session Rail Jam; Norway crowned in the Knuckle team Battle!
Surely, it was written somewhere that it would be hard to completely achieve a good contest this year in the Pyrénées… late and inconsistent snowfalls, warmth, the Franco-Spanish mountains will have gone through every difficulty this winter, which won’t be remembered as a great one. Because of this, it was really impossible to maintain a slopestyle in the park as it’s been usually done for biggest French event of the World Tour – the only one by the way. The people in charge finally chose to offer a Big Air instead, with a few rails and a pole jam, to be able to organise a team contest, around the topic of ‘football’ (of course!), and then an individual contest.
The Saint-Lary shapers, who decided to add bad mood to bad luck, were not able to bring enough change to the big jump in the morning to offer the necessary security for the riders, given the really strong wind gusts. Nevertheless, Poneys, judges and riders gathered to the spot on Friday morning with joy and happiness and saved what was left to be saved with such wind and bad conditions, when they decided to launch a big knuckle team session, then an individual rail jam. It was a wise choice… even if this format meant that none of the points would be counted by the WST. Everything had to happened during this little weather window on Friday anyway, because the forecasts announced that the storm was coming back on Saturday, which was the day initially dedicated to the finals.