The Vans Hi-Standard series returned to the hallowed ground that is the Zillertal Valley. The third edition of competition saw a full roster of riders from Vans’ European team test their mettle at the Penken Park, alongside some of the best Austrian, and local riders the valley had to offer.
The Vans Hi-Standard infamously enforce a ‘no spin over 720 rule’, which means if you’re a hucker and a hoper, you’re gonna have to take a seat at the bottom and take a lesson in low and slow from the other riders. Cold hard cash is given out to riders that tickle the judges fancies in the ways triple cork 1620s can’t, so there are no quarters, semis or finals – you gotta come out swinging if you want that bar tab to reach triple figures.
With the Vans Europe team in attendance; Kalle Ohlson, Rowan Coultas and Tyler Chorlton led the arial attack alongside Benny Wetscher, Alex Walch, Flo Heim and Clemens Millauer who impressed with his inverted frontside 540 attempts.
With the kicker well and truly shut down, the riders moved onto the rail section for some metal based wizardry that would give Uri Geller a run for his money. Jamie Trinder’s efforts on the wallride with a boardslide to nollie flip out was a crowd pleaser, as was Florian Heim’s blunt 450.
At the end of the day though, it was a duel between Kevin Trammer aand Clemens Millauer; with Kevin coming unstuck on his final trick, Clemens closed the show with a flawless bs 360 to 50-50 to bs 360 out, and with it, deservedly took the accolade of ‘Best Overall’ rider and a healthy wad of cash.
The 2015 series wraps up on March 28th in the American resort of Big White, British Columbia.