When: Fri 7th of March 2008
Where: Mayrhofen, Vans Penken Park
More "Ehös" and time for some "alternative" riding.
By definition “alternative" means “Existing outside traditional or established institutions or systems: for example an alternative lifestyle." Well, in case of today’s qualifications it was an “alternative line" which represented the un-established side of snowboarding that still exists and that we love so much. In contrary to the “kicker line" the day before, the riders only had to hit one of the monsters, while the rest of the obstacles were as creative as you can get them in a park, including a Suzuki car which had a surfboard on its top that worked as a rail, a huge bank that saw some super stylish laybacks, a 18 meter down rail, not to forget the notorious ‘Taco’ wallride and the Cradle at the end of the run.
During the first heat the sky was still cloudy and everybody was afraid that the forecast would be right which said that it will get worse in the afternoon. But Henry, the headshaper of the Vans Penken Park and speaker at this year's Wängl Tängl, called upon the public to send some positive thoughts up in the sky and it worked! For the second heat the sun came out and you could see some people nervously searching their pockets for sun cream.
Of course every rider would love to take home a fair share of the 50.000 US dollars prize money but this is not all at the Wängl Tängl. Without wanting to sound too pathetic, I have to say that there is more: More vibes, more fun and maybe also more love for snowboarding than at other events. This probably is due to the Zillertal, also knows as Chillertal, and the Ästhetiker crew that always try to keep the roots up with some laid back but nevertheless progressive snowboarding.
Very much progressive was UK rider Tyler Chorlton who showed the probably highest frontside airs in the big bern, followed by a handplant in the small quarter and a freaky-deaky double frontflip off the big kicker and a backside air into the taco. “The ‘alternative line’ was so much more fun than just riding kickers. It just felt like riding with your friends", Tyler said after the qualifications. But also Mone Monsberger got some big props from the crowd when he stomped the only one footed FS 3 tailgrab of the day! Another “only" goes to his Ästhetiker buddy Wolle Nyvelt who was the only one riding the massive cradle. And Big up’s to Heinz Löhle who tried the 18 meters down rail about ten times in the training and was one of the very few riders who finally cleared it with a super clean fs boardslide.
But the young generation is just lurking behind the already well-established riders: Zillertal local Tom Klocker and German rider Elias Elhardt have got some serious steeze and 16-year-old finnish rookie Niki Korpela once again rode good as usual, definitely scaring some older riders.
Today’s results were added to those of the kicker line yesterday and defined the 24 riders reaching the finals. Tyler Chorlton and Niki Korpela, winners of their heats, are the ones to be challenged tomorrow, although none of the riders should be underestimated. After the qualifiers some riders rode another session on the kickers, showing the rest what to expect tomorrow. Chris ‘CK’ Kröll, who sees good riding in the Vans Penken Park every day, said he never seen such a session in more than ten years of snowboarding. That’s a quote…
So see you all up on the mountain tomorrow morning for the finals – the winner takes home 12.000 US dollars as well as a Suzuki FMX bike. Ehö!
More information: www.aesthetiker.com/tour/2008