The Kühtai stage of the Shred Down Austrian Masters concluded on a perfect bluebird Saturday with the K Park’s Superpipe in prime conditions for the assembled hoards of Austrians, Germans, and those from further afield, to throw down.
Rumours of bad weather and high wind turned out to be false as high cloud quickly gave way to warm, perfect bluebird – worrying for February but great conditions for a pipe comp. And it needed to be, as there were heaps of riders needing to get down the stunt ditch to deliver both the Austrian and German titles for Men, Women, Rookies and Masters.
Thankfully, despite some poacher who got instant Karmad requiring a lengthy bit of medical assistance and a blood wagon removal, everything ran on schedule and allowed the organisers to whittle the start list down and have a Finals round with two runs each. Though the Swiss contingent were looking threatening in the Men’s category, it was the Germans who’d have the last laugh as Johannes Höpfl was going big with the winning mix of style and tech, and walked away with the first place prize.