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.

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In the women's comp Switzerland's Ramona Petrig turned the screw and shouldered her way to the top of the podium, while Germany's Leilani Ettel (who was killing it in her earlier runs) had to settle for second - but the bitter pill was sweetened by winning the Rookies category.

This dude is Swiss and has proper good tweak. But his name has been lost in the ether. Photo: Thomas Copsey
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Another angle of Höpfl's tasty first hit Method. Photo: Thomas Copsey

Next weekend will see Westendorf welcome the SDAM for its slopestyle finals, so stay tuned for more hammers.

RESULTS

SUPER GROM GIRLS

1. Kona Ettel

2. Tina Schrott

3. Xenia Kluge

SUPER GROM BOYS

1. Niklas Huber

2. Christopher Howell

3. Paul Frischhut

ROOKIE WOMEN

1. Leilani Ettel

2. Berenice Wicki

3. Ariane Burri

AUSTRIAN MASTER ROOKIE WOMEN:

Emma Lantos

GERMAN MASTER ROOKIE WOMEN:

Leilani Ettel

ROOKIE MEN

1. Viktor Ivanov

2. Elias Allensbach

3. Christoph Lechner

AUSTRIAN MASTER ROOKIE MEN:

Moritz Amsuess

GERMAN MASTER ROOKIE MEN:

Noah Vicktor

WOMEN

1. Ramona Petrig

2. Leilani Ettel

3. Berenice Wicki

AUSTRIAN MASTER WOMEN:

Lisa Filsmoser

GERMAN MASTER WOMEN:

Leilani Ettel

MEN

1. Johannes Höpfl

2. André Höflich

3. Viktor Ivanov

AUSTRIAN MASTER MEN:

Johannes Handle

GERMAN MASTER MEN:

Johannes Höpfl

LEGENDS WOMEN:

1. Conny Bleicher

2. Lisa Filzmoser

3. Marylin Poon

AUSTRIAN MASTER LEGENDS WOMEN:

Lisa Filzmoser

LEGENDS MEN:

1. Wolfgang Beer

2. Bernhard Staudt

3. Manuel Bernert

AUSTRIAN MASTER LEGENDS MEN:

Wolfgang Beer