http://mpora.com/videos/3c3pb8RfG The shapers at the Kingspark in Hochkönig, Austria worked tirelessly to prepare the Chosen Series kicker after overnight snow threatened the 8th and penultimate stop of Nike Chosen Series. The 15m step-over style jump proved challenging to all the riders and their efforts were compounded with bad visibility from the start.
A previous winner of Best Style from the German stop, Jonel Fricke, worked the mic to keep the riders and crowd stoked whilst retail partner Blue Tomato kept spirits up with warm snacks and drinks as the 24 riders braved the snow, cold and cross winds in a bid to take the MVP and a ticket to the Nike Chosen Sessions.
Ultimately the weather ruled the comp and with Finals unable to take place riders were judged on their performance in the Qualis. Peter Walchhofer took Best Style following his inverted FS7 tailgrab, Most Creative went to Markus Bernhard by laying out a powder run to knuckle line, but handling the tough conditions by sticking everything with style and composure was Stephan Wimmer from Innsbruck – BS5s, 7s and 9s – who claimed MVP and booked his spot at The Nike Chosen Sessions in April.
Best Overall (MVP) Stephan Wimmer
Most Creative Markus Bernhard
Best Style Peter Walchhofer
BEST TRICK WILDCARD
3 competing riders from each stop will also have the opportunity to gain a wildcard entry into the finals ‘Nike Chosen Sessions’. Watch the tricks and vote for which rider you think should make the finals.
TOUR STOPS AND WINNERS
DATE / COUNTRY / RESORT / RIDER HOST / STOP WINNER
16 DEC – UK – HEMEL HEMPSTEAD Jamie Nicholls Andy Nudds
14 JAN – SWE – FUNASDALEN Kevin Backstrom Joel Anderson
21 JAN – IT – KRONPLATZ Halldor Helgason Daniel Reichegger
28 JAN – CH – HOCH YBRIG Nicolas Muller Markus Mathis
04 FEB – GER – EHRWALD Ethan Morgan Felix Georgii
11 FEB – FRA – CHATEL Gerome Mathieu Enzo Nilo
18 FEB – ESP – VALLNORD Jan Scherrer Bernat Ripoll
26 FEB – AUS – HOCHKONIG Gigi Ruf Stephan Wimmer
03 MAR – NOR – TRYVANN Gjermund Braaten
01 ARP – 07 APR FINAL – NIKE CHOSEN SESSIONS