When a Freestyle-Series is Hawaii themed, the weather actually can’t go wrong. And of course – the weather did not go wrong at the weekend of February 2-3. in Adelboden. The seventh edition of the Snowpark Tour stopped off at the Gran Masta Park accompanied by fantastic weather and great atmosphere. 60 ambitious Snowboard and Freeski talents gathered at the perfectly shaped G.M.P. All with one goal - qualify for the final in Austria. After the performances at the previous SPT Events, everyone expected top performances from the freestyle rookies. One thing for sure - to experience big Airs and dope Spins, you don’t have to travel to Hawaii, just drop by in the Bernese Oberland. Simon Abt won the Mens Snowboard Competition, last year’s Tour-Winner Anais Cettou is back in shape and secured victory in the Girls competition.
Saturday: Training at Day - Party at Night
Like always, the Saturday of each SPT Event provides the competitors time to get used to the park. Check out all kickers and rails, try different lines and adjust the speed to clear all tables. Not just a regular training session but also the opportunity to get photo shots taken by the official tour photographer, Lorenz Holder. Not that common for young riders! For the committed competitors the evening action in “the old tavern" was the optimal preparation and inspiration. The German band Raggabund tuned the crowd with smooth rhythms and deep beats.
Snowboarders on a professional Level
As is usual for the SPT- the competition format was a jam session. This way of competing lowers the pressure to risk all you have in just one run, and also gives the competitors the chance to choose different individual runs. The venue of the G.M.P., in its 5 Jubilee Year, once again provided the Riders with a great variety of kickers and rails. 13 different kickers, up to 18 meter Tables and 15 rails and boxes such as a 3m-straight box or 12m-S-Box create a perfect playground for freestylers.
The Snowboarders found Simon Abt’s runs a hard nut to crack. He impressed with everything he did and was clearly the best boarder of the day. After the victories in 2005 and 2006, in his living room as it seems, he fought back to win this year’s SPT in Adelboden. He delivered pro level runs and is one of the guys to look out for in the final. Secure and stylish, he sticked several front and backside 720° spins, switch and regular tricks with a high diversity of grabs. In second place it was park-chief D©nu Kaufmann who showed the youngsters what snowboarding is all about and Thomas Coldebella came third.
Last year’s ladies Tour-Winner Anais Cettou did not want to miss the SPT 2008 and definitely does not want to miss the final in Austria. She won the women’s snowboard competition ahead of Nora Hodel and Eva Amman. All three qualified for Kaprun!