Crazy freestyle action at the Snowpark Lenzerheide! The Freestyle Madness saw more than 50 freeskiers gathering for the QParks Tour showdown in Switzerland. The riders rocked the contest line and its 14m booter with style and flow. Entertainment was provided by the shape crew and their “special raclette” as well as by the Swiss Hip Hop crew DIMO.
EASY CHEESY – it is well known that Switzerland does not only produce good cheese. Once again, they proved the fact that they also produce some very exquisite freeski talents. The Men & Ladies categories were also very well equipped with national and international top riders. The Swiss Hip Hop crew DIMO took care of the proper support and brought the groove to the chill area with their laid-back beats.
The biggest challenge for the contestants was a steep, 14m booter, which really stretched the riders to their limits. Head judge Andi Lehman:“Such a steep kicker is not easy to take for the riders, you need a lot of body tension and power to remain steadily in the air and to avoid going into spin. At large, the riders pulled off a good performance and a great show”.
Andri Ambühel used his home-field advantage and won the Freeski Men category of the contest in his home-park. Not only did he thus cream off CHF 600,- but also an invitation to the Austrian Freeski Open, including lift tickets and accommodation. Second-placed Flo Geyer from Germany and third-placed Fabian Braitsch from Austria also showcased pure freestyle madness and massive airtime in their runs! But at the end it was Christian Jenny from Vorarlberg who pulled off the best trick of the day – a Double Corked 1080 Mute.
However, not only the men performed at a very high level, the 22 freeski rookies also managed to impress both judges and the audience with their tricks. The judges commented: “Compared to other Tourstops, there has been a very strong development. Even the youngest contestants pulled out some 720s over the big jumps; such a level is really tough to beat.” At the end of the day, Christian Hölzl managed to take victory among the Freeski Rookies with a Double Flatspin 900 ahead of Kim Gubse and Lukas Müllauer.
Among the Freeski Ladies, the favored Lisa Zimmerman managed to take home victory despite of a slam. Thus, the young freeskier from Rosenheim has already won four QParks Tourstops. And she, too, can rejoice over an invitation to the Austrian Freeski Open. Philo Bair and Nici Scheichl took the remaining spots on the only podium with no Swiss involved.
Here’s a quick glance at the results:
HOTTEST SHOT PHOTO CONTEST – Win 2 Weeks at the Balicamp
Have you been ON SITE with your camera at the Freestyle Madness in Lenzerheide and thus become witness of some grand freestyle action? Then send us your best shot – of the contest, of chilling out, of partying with your friends, or simply of you hanging out at the contest – to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Hottest Shot”. After each Tourstop, the pics are uploaded to Facebook and the Tour website, where you can vote on them. The photo with the most votes will be crowned stage winner and will automatically take part in the big voting finals in April 2013. Also, the Hottest Shot of each Tourstop wins a QParks protection package (including TSG helmet, Amplifi protector, Neff beanie and POW gloves)!
Next Stop: Hochkönig Style Championship
On March 9th, 2013, the QParks Tour continues. At the Hochkönig Style Championship, you will once again get the chance to win cash, goodies and lots of important points for the Tour Finals!
You can find the current rankings, tons of photos and videos as well as all further information on the QParks Tour on www.qparkstour.com.
Credit photo: Roland Haschka