When: Sun 24th of February 2008
Where: Flachauwinkel, Austria
February 24 2008. At the seventh leg of the Snowpark Tour 2008 at the Absolut Park Flachauwinkl, Austria, the locals ruled: Tobias Gratz from St. Johann im Pongau (AUT) won the competition of the new school skiers, Manuel Lindmoser from St. Martin (AUT) took the victory in the mens snowboarding, and Lisa Harml from Flachau (AUT) triumphed over the other girls. In correspondance to the motto of this year’s Snowpark Tour, Salzburg County presented itself in Hawaiian style this weekend, with bluebird skies and spring-like temperatures. Good vibes were self-evident at the Absolut Park Flachauwinkl to say the least. After the coaching session on Saturday, a two-hour jam session took place on Sunday. As usual, the set-up at the Absolut Park was excellent and was comprised of a butter box, a double kinked box, a wallride, a wave rail and several kickers. As expected, the riding level was very high, with skiers and snowboarders both throwing down and stomping 7's and 9's. The judges were mainly looking at the overall impression that the riders had made on the kickers and rails as their main criteria for giving out points.
The 22-year-old local Manuel Lindmoser from St. Martin (AUT) took first in front of Peter Mooslechner from Flachau (AUT). Chris Schaidreiter from St. Martin am Tennengebirge (AUT) was third and Christian Hettegger from St. Johann im Pongau (AUT) took the fourth place. These four riders will represent the Absolut Park at the Team Battle during the Snowpark Tour finals at the Kitzsteinhorn. 14-year-old Matthias Lichtenegger from Irdning (AUT) won the juniors competition, and 17-year-old Lisa Harml from Flachau (AUT) was victorious over Martina Zollner from Freising (GER) in the girls comp.
The winners were awarded with non-cash prizes from Quiksilver, Roxy and Rossignol. It's not always money that counts in this world now is it?
The next leg of the Snowpark Tour 2008 will take place this weekend in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, before the tour heads to Oberstdorf, Germany. March 14th will be the date of the last tour stop, and will be held at the DC Central Park Kitzsteinhorn. This will present the last oppertunity for riders to qualify themselves for the SnowparkTour final.