When: Sat 24th of January 2009
Where: Alpspitzpark Nesselwang
Last Saturday, January 24th, approximately 2.000 visitors witnessed a fulminant second tour stop of the Suzuki Wir Schanzen 2009 presented by Quiksilver at The 5ive Barbecue in Nesselwang. More than 120 snowboarders competed against each other in an exciting slopestyle contest on a very high sportive level at the appealingly prepared Alpspitzpark.
For The 5ive Barbecue, the brand new Alpspitzpark presented itself in best shape. The numerously attendant participants found an innovative and creative designed snowpark with many different, extravagant jib-obstacles for all riding levels, on which the riders visibly had a lot of fun. Also a nice kicker has been integrated into the setup. Approximately 2.000 visitors came to join the unofficial inauguration of the new park and an unforgettable slopestyle celebration at a cozy atmosphere with sound by DJ Big Joe and a formidable barbecue.
Way more riders than possible wanted to register for The 5ive Barbecue, as not only important Suzuki Wir Schanzen ranking points, but in the categories Snowboard Men and Girls also up to 200 Swatch TTR world ranking points could be collected here. Due to the heavy run on the starting places, the field of riders has been enhanced up to 120 starters. Especially conspicuous is the fact that more and more internationally known top-riders want to participate at the Suzuki Wir Schanzen events and so there were for example riders from England, Finland, the Netherlands and France registered for The 5ive Barbecue.
After an extensive practice, in which the riders could get familiar with the setup, the first out of three qualification heats started at 02.00 pm with a jam session. The riders had three 45 minutes qualification heats to ride as often as possible and to impress the judges. The contest format appealed to the riders and a relaxed session on a very high sportive level emerged.
In the late afternoon the floodlights were switched on for the upcoming finals. In the categories snowboard and Freeski Kids, Girls and Men the best eight riders each advanced into the finals and here had to prevail in a line consisting of a multifunctional obstacle and the kicker. In the category Snowboard Men Nikki Korpela and Joonas Mustonen from Finland caused a real furore and dominated this category obviously with highly technical runs and a lot of style. Nikki became first, Joonas second and Christoph Weberhofer from Austria secured himself the third place.
Around 07.00 pm a very special double kink-uprail obstacle in the lower part of the snowpark came into spotlight for the Red Bull Best Trick Contest. This obstacle offered various trick possibilities and the visitors enjoyed the spectacle, where the riders showed creative and stylish transfer tricks in all variations.
Even at the subsequent award ceremony there were still several hundred visitors on site who condignly celebrated the winners. The second tour stop was a total success and one may be looking forward to the upcoming events of the Suzuki Wir Schanzen 2009.
The aftershow party at the packed Postbrauereihalle in Nesselwang was a real highlight, too. Top-class DJ teams like the Drunkenmasters and of course DJ Pfel and DJ Atom from Beatorrent, Paris made the crowd freak out and performed an audiovisual show at its finest until dawn.
The website www.suzuki-wirschanzen.de offers the detailed results, tour stop videos, pictures and registration forms for the upcoming tour stops.