Sven Thorgren stepped it up at the 2014 freestyle.ch and bagged the victory at the Swiss big air contest.
Freestyle.ch saw a weekend full of sunshine and action sports for it's 20th anniversary (they grow up so fast, don't they?). Along with the milestone birthday came a record: a whooping crowd of 34,135 people came over to celebrate.
To start things off smoothly, the style session took place on saturday and saw a heavy line-up of young bloods and legends, who all fought for the title. Riders like Gian Simmen and Marco Grilc battled it out against the likes of Iouri Podlachikov, Roope Tonteri and many more, and put on quite a show. While Eero Ettala and Grilo were one-footing their way through the session (Grilo got the crowd hyped with a massive one-foot backflip), it was last year's big air winner Antoine Trouchon, who took home fame and glory with a fs 540 rocket air and a bs boardslide fs rodeo off the cannon bar.
Saturday night then saw the infamous cross-over session of snowboard, free ski, fmx, mountain bike and a crazy light show. How on earth the bmx dude could beat the beast that is Roope Tonteri in the finals we don't know, but check out the edit above to see what went down.
The long awaited big air contest on sunday showed some excellent riding with technical and style runs alternating, making the crowd cheer from the top of their lungs. Last year's Style Session winner Halldor Helgason couldn't quite warm up with the kicker and peaced out with his jerk-off flip that "...just feels so nice, you know". Seb Toots showed what he's made of with a proper bs rodeo 720, but like last year, couldn't make it to finals. Gjermund Braaten came in fifth with a bs 540 shifty and bs 1080, just missing out on a spot in the finals.
After we finally made it through all the other sports' finals, it was time for the four heavy-hitters to show what they're made of and boy did they deliver. Antoine Trouchon went all in with a fs double cork 1260, but couldn't quite stick it clean, Lucien Koch smashed it with a bs 1260 that left him with a grin on his face. Even though he didn't land his second run, he continued to rock that big, fat smile and seeing the kid stoked out like that made us go "aww" a little bit too. 15-year old Marcus Kleveland landed a cab double 12 and had us hoping he'd take the win.
But it was Sven Thorgren's slow-motion double cork 1080 stalefish - that could have easily been mistaken for a 720 - that ended up winning him gold. In the second run, neither Trouchon nor Koch could land their tricks and Kleveland failed at his attempt at a bs triple 1440, for which he deserves a load full of high-fives and some phone numbers too. For his victory lap Sven peaced out with a sweet backside rodeo nosegrab.
All in all it was another memorable weekend in the beautiful city of Zurich and a fitting show to cap off 20 years of freestyle.ch. See you next year!