This past weekend, Onboard hit up the inaugural Sudden Rush Banked Slalom in Laax, hosted by legendary riders Nicolas Müller and Terje Haakonsen. The event was pretty all time, and we nabbed Nico for a quick top to bottom run through the banked slalom course.
Banked slaloms are some of the best events in snowboarding, period. With a legacy that stretches back to snowboarding's roots, they're events that everyone can participate in and stem from the very core of snowboarding: going fast and making turns.
With no Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom this year due to an unprecedented lack of snow, there couldn't have been a time more fitting to launch a new European event, involving some of the very best snowboarders in the game.
Terje Haakonsen has a rich history in dominating banked slalom events, and along with Nicolas Müller's legacy in snowboarding and local Laax knowledge, we knew this would be an event that could not be missed. Riders from all over the globe rocked up to ride the course, with guys like Austin Smith, DCP and Romain de Marchi pitching up to record their fastest time.
We armed ourselves with a camera and followed Nicolas Müller down the Sudden Rush course, and although he wasn't going full pelt (there's no way in hell we could have kept up if he had) we were treated to some extra surfy turns, 180 switch-ups, indy nosebones and of course, his classic method.
Nicolas is well tuned into the fact that the course that he created can be ridden in a multitude of ways, and it's really cool to see his own personal interpretation of it here.