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Snowboarding on the Beach

Austrian snowboarder Chris Kröll won the Big Air Sand N’ Snow Portimão 2006 this weekend. The Portuguese round of the Snowboard World Cup – presently in its 10th year – was held on Praia da Rocha, where more than 10,000 spectators turned out to watch the competition.

This was the first time that the Sand ‘n’ Snow Portimão has been held on a beach. Organisers constructed an impressive 80-metre long ramp, 22m high and 20m wide, holding 240 tons of snow to facilitate an awesome ride.

In total, 14 male athletes and four female athletes took part, performing jumps over a series of three rounds. The jury scored the performances according to the grade of difficulty, the height and quality of the moves. With Martin Cernik of the Czech Republic coming in second to Kroll and Friedl Kollar of Austria winning third. Julia Baumgartner of Austria won the female category.

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