For the third consecutive year, the Onboard Send Off Session went down last May on our new location atop Stubai’s epic glacier.
Onboard teamed up with Stubai Gletscher, Monster Energy, and Schneestern and invited some of Europe’s finest snowboarders from Scandinavia, Finland, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland and further afield for a week of next level snowboarding on some of the biggest and most impressive features ever constructed in Europe.
The first day of riding was spent scoping out the various obstacles that had been excavated from Stubai’s glacial floor and a session quickly began on the stairset feature, with Will Smith teaming up with Len Jørgensen for one of the most memorable tricks of that particular day.
The following few days were plagued by bad weather which forced the riders and photographers to get creative. But these guys definitely weren’t ones to let a few clouds dampen their spirits, and a picnic bench session went down while we waited for the weather to blow through.
those few hours of sunshine made every minute of waiting worth it.
Unfortunately the clouds turned out to be way more stubbon than we had anticipated, with several days of heavy snow and wind forcing us to retreat back to our hotel rooms and embark on fun-seeking skate and go-kart missions in Innsbruck.
But all of the waiting was worth it in the end with the sun deciding to rock up on the final day of the session. After a few question marks about who would be brave enough to hit the 30+ meter mega-booter first, Werni Stock stepped up and dropped in. What quickly unfolded after was an explosion of insane snowboarding riders cramming a weeks worth of riding into just a few short hours.
Roope Tonteri went huge and stomped everything he tried. Markku Koski poked out all of his tricks with timeless style, Len Jørgensen was as wild as ever, the jibbers laid to waste the high-rail feature and big Wern manned up and sent it to the moon on the hip.
It was the ending we’d all been hoping and praying for and those few hours of sunshine made every minute of waiting worth it.
Onboard would like to thank all of the Send Off Session sponsors, riders, photographers and everyone involved in any way for an incredible week showcasing the best of what European snowboarding has to offer.
Stay tuned for the Bangers edit dropping next week.
Featured riders in order of appearance: Will Smith, Markku Koski, Gulli Gudmundsson, Ville Paumola, Len Jørgensen, Peetu Piiroinen, Roope Tonteri, Jonas Steen, Jørn Simen Aaboe, Sebbe de Buck, Ludwig Lejkner, Jesse Augustinus, Werni Stock, Ethan Morgan.
Cover photo: Werni Stock by Howzee