20/05/2010 | by Tom Copsey
After a long winter of stepping up and matching tricks, the finals of the Horsefeathers King of S.N.O.W. went down in the Horsefeathers Superpark Planai from April 16–18 2010. Here’s the haps…
Friday Warm Up:
Ville Uotila, Darek Bergmann and Jan ‘Honza’ Zajic as well as photographer David Blazek and cameraman Vit Kratochvile arrived the day before the final in the Horsefeathers Superpark Planai. The crew had a good session and warmed up for the upcoming final at sunset. Due to airspace chaos caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland, only four riders were able to make it – for the rest of the guys special arrangements were made: They can present, record and upload their tricks from home and hence could participate at the judging.
The motivation of Matthis Vogt (GER), Luis Gärttner (AUT), Matias Jurai (CZW) and Filip Hrkel (SVK) was already evident at the group breakfast. From 11.30 am the sun forced its way through the clouds and, thanks to the low temperatures during the night, both the atmosphere and the snow conditions were ideal and made for a stellar last day in the Horsefeathers Superpark Planai.
From the moment the riders set foot on the mountain, the pro line immediately became the center of attention. At the riders meeting it was decided to hold the final on the third kicker of the triple line and on only his the second run, Finnish pro Ville Uotila showed his final trick for the contestants to copy – a switch backside 9 – setting the bar pretty damn high for the finalists of the Horsefeathers King of S.N.O.W.
The final’s on! There was no time limit for the riders: After they’d acquainted themselves with the kicker, they gradually stepped up to the 900 degree rotation. The setup inspired the participants to a real trick-flush that came to an end almost 3 hours and some reshapes later.
However, the final isn’t over yet: Now it’s your turn! At www.king-of-snow.com you can find the winning tricks and vote for whichever you think is the best one until Saturday!
And there’s more… With the ‘contest’ done, the finalists and Horsefeathers pro riders didn’t rest on their laurels, they were still motivated to shred and showed their 9s, 10s and double backflips to the stoke of the cameraman and the photographer who bagged a bunch of bangers! QFilmer Clemens Prankl was on site and was opumped: “In my opinion the last weekend was the best of the season: Many popular faces, good moods and the small but nice session at the third kicker of the pro line.”
In the chill area the tunes of SUBLIME were played in the meantime; here and there the smell of barbecue ascended and thanks to the spring weather, the numerous deck chairs were occupied by the visitors.
So contest- and farewell-atmosphere dominated the weekend, as on Sunday the boxes, rails and kickers of the Horsefeathers Superpark Planai were razzed for the last time this season. Despite the hangover-inducing bar-tour alias “After Contest Party“ in the evening Clemens Prankl, QPhotographer Roland Haschka and the riders made it up together again on Sunday in the park to bag more good shots!
But freestyle depravation won’t last long: In about a month, on the 29th of March, the Horsefeathers Superpark Dachstein is opening its gates and guarantees for some legendary summer-shred sessions 2010!