Volcom threw down their first annual Banked Slalom at Kitzsteinhorn last weekend and, although the weather was a little challenging, a solid showing of hyped locals mixed with some of snowboarding’s legends answered the call.
Because of the moody weather conditions the contest had to be postponed from Saturday to Sunday, which left the participants with a heavy decision: party all night long and show up for the slalom still half cut or go to bed early and compete feeling fresher than Ice-T. As Volcom had rented out a whole 12th century castle for a rock concert by Liquid Steel and dispensed free beer all night long, the decision was a fairly easy one with the last party goers leaving the venue at 4am..
With Terje Haakonsen and Arthur Longo in attendence, the contestants had some pretty hard competition to beat, but that didn’t stop anyone from giving it their best shot. The course section that claimed the most victims was tenderly called “Mausefalle” and swallowed them up just to spit them back out in mere seconds.
In the end it was Arthur-Speedy Longo-Gonzales who became the fastest mouse in all of Kitzsteinhorn, Terje came in second and local boss Björn Hartweger taking home third.