When: 19 March 2009
Where: Mayrhofen, Austria
Even the PositiveVibe-otron gun couldn't shift this snow storm. Photo: Daniel Burrows.
After the pure, unadulterated humdinger of a day we had yesterday at the Wängl Tängl Gäg Jäm here in Mayrhofen it was perhaps inevitable that such a dose of rad had to be balanced by some shitty conditions. However, this being an Ästhetiker gig you know the positive vibes will be flowing no matter what, and even though the main finals were put on hold till tomorrow due to the bad visibility and icy conditions they still managed to run the not-so-subtly named Losers' Final - where the three teams who just missed out on qualifying yesterday had somewhat of a rebate and could battle it out for the one remaining spot in the main event. So, many mano-a-mano, Team Absolut, Team Untouchables and Team Good Times headed up top and, once more, some creative and aesthetically pleasing shredding got underway.
Though it was advised to just keep it to the jib line, the local Untouchable crew seemed intent on bagging the last remaining final spot and, despite having only 3 riders due to an injury to Tom Klocker yesterday (apparently a cracked vertebra, so get well soon Tom), duly set about tearing the course apart as if it were a soft sunny day and not the flat light icy dumpatron that it actually was. Home turf advantage or slight mental unhingement? Who cares as it worked and the combos of 7s, 9s and 10s on the kickers saw them ease in to the finals without much hassle. Team Absolut were also down to 3 as Herby Thaler had tweaked his knee, but found a replacement in the shape of Forum Euro Team Manager Jon Weaver, who flicked the Vs at convention and ducked the rope to lead the team for an impromptu dip into the mini pipe. This kind of good-vibe fun sessioning is but one part of what makes this event so fun to be at. Another part is the skateboarding, which last night saw the best trick session go down that blew the doors off.
Alex Giraud doing the skate equivalent of 'sending it'. Photo: Mic Dragaschnig.
Seriously, the skateboarding aspect is as important a part of the Wängl Tängl as the shredding and the sessions just go off. Some Vans Europe's top names are drafted in to the mountains and tear the mini a new exit hole in the same way the snowboarders do the park. Highlights were the highest air session when French dude Alex Giraud killed the corner pulling 5 foot frontside airs, air to fakies and alley oops. And then there was Kevin Wenzke. "He's a cool guy," says Playboard's JB. To be honest, even if her were the biggest dick around he'd still get me hooting for pulling head high frontside airs over the corner in the mini on just his second run. Nuts.
So, it's the skate team contest tonight and then we raise the horns and pogo like it's 1979 as Jet Black and Millencollin rock out. Fingers crossed the inevitable leatherings that will occur tonight do the usual trick of guaranteeing good weather so the finals can get done properly like they deserve.
Tune in tomorrow for the run down of the haps.
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