Solid Kaunertal Slopestyle OPEN 2016 weekend as riders from 17 nations brought their A-game to the brand new Pro Line!
Thanks to all the riders. Enjoy the short clip...results and footage to come!
Saturday has been the first day of competition. The athletes as well as the Snowpark were in top shape and demonstrated that Eurocup contests are springboards for the upcoming world elite in snowboarding. In two heats an insane variety of tricks were put down. Double cork 10s were followed up by super stylish frontside 10s and Rail tricks like a sick backside blunt 270 out.
Czech rider Katerina Vojackova dominated the women ́s contest followed by Elena Kostenko from Russia and Louise Nordstroem out of Sweden. Lyon Farrell out of the states won the men's contest followed by the Swiss rider Nicolas Huber and the Russian athlete Mikhall Matveev.
The weather started off mellow on Sunday, the second contest day. Heavy low line clouds and low visibility lead to the decision to transform the planed Slopestyle event to a Big Air competition. As it so often happens on the glacier, the clouds vanished in the afternoon. The afternoon then had bluebird conditions to offer which pushed the athletes to step up their game again.
On Sunday the podium at the womens contest changed. This time Russian athlete Elena Kostenko clearly dominated the contest and was followed up by Katerina Vojackova. Kirra Kotsenburg, sister of Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg came in third place. Two Italians made it to the podium at the mans competition. Davide Boggio made first place, Lyon Farell came in second and Nicola Liviero finished third.
After this high-flying weekend riders and the organization committee declared the Snowpark Kaunertal as one of the most promising underdog Snowparks for high-class competitions. Not just because of the long history the snowboard industry and the glacier share. Future events are already in the planning. Therefor the park setup at the open- and contest park as well as the new Half Mile Jib Line live up to what they ought to be - a hell of a playground.