When: Sat 15th of March 2008
Where: DC Central Park, Kitzsteinhorn (AUT)
Can you imagine something better than riding a perfect park and Mathieu Crepel cheering you up?
The set up. (Photo: Merlin Schönthier.)
Yes, you are right: Mathieu Crepel was kind of the „star guest“ at the finals of the Snowpark Tour 2008! But one after another, first the action: After the last qualification of this year´s Snowpark Tour took place at the Kitzsteinhorn on Friday, Saturday saw the best riders of the 10 different stops to compete in the finals. It was a blue bird sky, the snow was fresh and the DC Central Park perfectly shaped. As a new dump was predicted for Sunday, the organizers decided to hold the complete finals on Saturday. “Due to the tight schedule, we demanded a great deal of the riders – but in the end, everyone was stoked”, Bernd Gutwenger from organizers Mellow Constructions reported. “As we had at least one good-weather day and a high level at every tour stop and at the finals, it was the best Snowpark Tour ever!“
Patrik Huber defending his title. (Photo: Lorenz Holder)
During a four-hour jam session, the riders had the opportunity to show their skills in the varied DC Central Park. First, they entered a line with a straight box, a huge A-frame box, a jib tree, an elephant down rail and several kickers before they changed to the kicker line including an A-frame and a flat down box, a step down kicker with three take-offs, two more big kickers and a wallride. Lots of possibilities to show creativity! The judges looked for the overall impression including style, creativity and execution of the tricks.
One of the female rookies going down the jib line. (Photo: Merlin Schönthier.)
Last year’s champion Patrik Huber from Warth was crowned the “most impressiverider” again – the 24-year-old’s backflip and switch backflip variations were unbeatable. “Especially his easy style was very convincing”, Bernd Gutwenger said. Patrik Huber won a wild card for the TTR event Nanshan Open 2009 in China. “It’s very attractive to go to China”, the Austrian was thrilled. “For sure I wanted to try to defend my title”, he stated as the reason why he took part in the Snowpark Tour again. “I’m stoked I won again. It was a fine park, nice weather – perfect conditions!” 22-year-old Swiss Matthias Vogt came in second and showed the best trick of the day, a backside 720 Japan. Thomas Coldabella from Stans (SUI) took third.
At the team battle, the Swiss team from Gran Masta Park Adelboden secured a tight victory over last year’s champions from Lech (AUT). The riders from Real Park Flumserberg (SUI) came in third.
At the female snowboarders’, the Swiss took a triple victory: Elena Könz from Vna was first in front of last year’s champion Anais Cettou from Mortiers and Nora Hodel from Gunten. Elena Könz now has the opportunity to show her skills at the 6-star TTR event Roxy Chicken Jam 2008. “This victory means a lot to me”, Elena said. “Last year I was second and it was my goal to win now though I didn’t really expect it. Now I’m really happy for sure!”
But one guy was probably the luckiest of all: 16 years old Thomas Feurstein. As the youngest rider, he became 10th in the main ranking but with a very smooth style and some really good jib tricks in his pocket, he won the Onboard Award for the Best Rookie and nobody but Mathieu Crepel himself, snowboard double world champion, handed him over his prizes: A sash and a limited edition 686/ Onboard jacket. Fortunately the winner´s kiss came from Onboard girl Anna…
From left to right: Most impressive rider Patrik Huber, Best Rookie Thomas Feurstein and third Thomas Coldebella. (Photo: Merlin Schönthier)
“It was a good park and I saw great riding – you could see that the riders really had fun”, Mathieu said. “The jam session format is perfect to show your best riding, especially for riders who have not yet done so many contests. I was surprised to see such good riding and such a good park. The event was bigger than I expected!”
Onboard is already looking forward to next year´s Snowpark Tour!
See you next year!
For more information see www.snowparktour.comResults Snowpark Tour 2008
Snowboard – Boys
1st Patrik Huber (24), Warth/ AUT
2 Matthias Vogt (22), Freiburg/ SUI
3 Thomas Coldebella (21), Stans/ SUI
4 Killian Wiget (23), Rickenbach/ SUI
5 Clemens Jezler (19), Bern/ SUI
Snowboard – Girls
1 Elena Könz (20), Vna/ SUI
2 Anais Cettou (22), Motiers/ SUI
3 Nora Hodel (24), Gunten/ SUI
Snowboard – team battle
1 Team Adelboden with Thomas Coldabella, Clemens Jezler, Phipu Hänni, Simon Abt
2 Team Lech with Patrik Huber, Thomas Feurstein, Sebastian Geiger and Chris Haslwanter
3 Team Flumserberg with Matthias Vogt, Dominic Eggerberger, Markus Mathis and Luca Hitz