Today saw the finals of the 2015 edition of the Snow Jam in Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic.
The slopestyle contest has been taking place in resorts throughout the Czech Republic for many years now. It’s creative course set-up consisting of a pipe, rails and a jump forced the riders to get creative and show the audience the versatility of their riding skills.
For the ladies it was Cheryl Maas who sent it all the way to the top of the podium with her run she started with a huuge Method on the hip. As Cheryl is no stranger to going big in the pipe she managed to keep it clean and add some extra style to her cab 3 melon grab. Finishing off her run with a proper backside 720 tailgrab it was clear that it won’t be easy to kick her off the top spot at 88.5 points. Finnish rider Ella Suitiala succeeded with her first run as well but only managed to snag the silver medal at 76.25 points while Elena Koenz made a close third at 76 points.
Over at the boys it was again the first run that decided it all: Lucien Koch went absolutely massive on the hip, sent it in the pipe with a front 7 and a cab 3, kept the rails clean and finished off with an insane switch back 12. Janne Korpi started off his run with a sick front 1 to the moon on the hip and destroyed the pipe with a double we still can’t get out of our heads. At 93 points he made it to second place. The bronze medal went to Petja Piiroinen who managed to score 89.25 points on his first run.
It’s probably easy to guess the state that we are in right now after having survived last night’s opening party, but when you’re in a resort where it’s socially acceptable to drink beer on the chair lift, anything and everything is possible. For a short moment we weren’t sure whether we actually ran into Krakonosh, the actual lord of the woods of the area, but we have photographical prove, so it seems like we’re not hallucinating.
It was a super sick weekend and going snowboarding in the Czech Republic surely was well worth the drive here. We’ll finish this recap off by our new favourite Czech saying:
Moi tata e Krakanosh. Deme kemnije ne bokto bie?