When: March 13-15, 2009

Where: Saint-Lary-Soulan, France

Hot tepmeratures and good vibes all over Saint-Lary park last week-end for the event of the season in the Pyrenees. Who let the Poney out?

A healthy part of the French snowboard scene gathered in the Pyrenean resort of Saint-Lary-Soulan for the 7th edition of what id now becoming a Pyrenean classic. Who would take nearly-local rider Gerome Mathieu down from his last year’s throne? Coin Coin indeed couldn’t ride to his best with a delicate ankle, and few of the pretenders looked very hungry for a win all week-end long.

First to step it up seriously, Franck Moissonnier was hitting the double pro line hard – which very nicely shaped indeed – with some sick Double Backside Rodeos on the bottom gap jump! It was time for Nicopel on the mic to fire up a bit more with a bit of a verbal opposition between Alpine and Pyrenean riders. The snowboard French clash, if you like…

And I got to say it’s probably a tie: by being the most consistant and varied rider of the week-end, local hero Victor Delerue – yes, the small borther, becomes the new Poney, and was ready to celebrate with riders, locals and more at the close by Cidrerie: a place where you drink cider more than you shloud, straight from the barrel.

But the Alpine riders where still motivated on the Sunday’s Best Trick session, lead by JJ Roux from Gap (Alps) who went home with the 500€ allowed by Pull-In to the Best Trick, and last but not least, Nicolas Cerretani from Les 7 Laux (Alps) proudly won the Tristan Picot Trophy, reward for the best newcomer. You will for sure hear again from him.

After giving the Trophy away, it was time for Billabong’s David Pitschi to show everyone he can still ride a pipe properly, and for me to watch France getting nailed at rudby by… England. Oh well, it was a hell of a week-end anyway. Thanks to the Poney crew – Denjo Brothers, the resort of Saint-Lary and eveyrone with Spring smile on their faces, we’ll be back fo’sho !

- Youri Barneoud

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