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demoniumlogo.jpgHead out to Switzerland for some of the best snowboard summer camps in Europe!

Super active on the scene are the Demonium Masta camps providing summer camps from late June until early August in Saas Fee and Les 2 Alpes (France). Each week-long package is around 600 euro, which includes coaching, full board ludging and a skipass for six days.
Also don’t forget about the Iceripper camps which have been going on since years and offer top facilities and coaching on the famous Titlis glacier!

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btnsnow.jpgSpending a summer in Norway is a dream come true for a lot of dudes.
Make it happen and bring together two of the best things in life: beautiful girls and snowboarding?!

Check out the Snowboard Summer Camp in Stryn, from the 18th to 22nd of June 2007, and in Folgefonna where Nixon presents the 12th season of snowboard summer camps to be held there.

This year, camps will be better than ever with more activities, more pro riders, more suprises but keeping the same laid back attitude that makes this the camp with soul…

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Hey, it’s really time to quit the ride for this year and concentrate on the beach, but for addicts out there who didn’t get enough days on the slopes or want to practise new tricks in the best conditions, we decided to prepare a quick round-up of Summer camps which will be held in Europe. Today we start with the camps in Les 2 Alpes!

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popcorn.jpgThe world’s best Freestyle Snowboard Action will take place in Saas-Fee, from April the 19th to the 22nd 2007!

Saas-Fee has the honor to present one of the last stops of the unique Ticket To Ride (TTR) Snowboard World Tour 06/07. Frederik Kalbermatten and Marco Schwab as hosts and a kick ass party program, the SNICKERS CLASSIC & POPCORN WALLRIDE is going to be the perfect end of season in the Swiss Alps.

This snowboard competition is open to everyone, who likes riding slopestyle and wallrides and wants to compete with smooth operators as Marko Grilc, Marko Grilc, Jonas Emery, Tonton Holland, Friedl Kolar, Steve Gruber, Iker Fernandes, Morgan Le Faucheur, Gian Simmen.

There are still some starting places left!!! Hurry-up, online inscriptions are opened until Wednesday 18th April07 6pm.

Absolut ParkEnd of March (30-31) and for the fifth time in a row, the Spring Battle will be held at the Absolut Park in Flachauwinkl (Austria).
This year the invited and qualified riders can collect some extra 3* TTR points.
Beside the massive Spring Battle Kicker, the shapers of the Absolut Park with supervision from Ex Pros Max Rehrl and Seppi Harml will build a Surprise Obstacle like in the last years. Maybe you remember last year’s “Bowl to Wallride”!!
This year riders have to qualify via “Friends Events” like the Ästhetiker Shred Down in Westendorf, the Final of the Snow Park Tour or the Absolut Park Event Pop’n’Drop. There will be no open “Amateurs Quali” before the event. But a lot of international pros like Mone Monsberger, Marco Grilc, Stefan Gruber and Martin Sandberg will be present and we are curious about who is going to win.

More info under www.absolutpark.com

Photo credits : Konflozius, Rider :  Rudi Kroell

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The Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro Freeride contest kicked off in Laax, Switzerland on thursday with a great opening party.

Big Mountain Rider of the Year Jeremy Jones, the legendary Steve Klassen and new wave freestyle-oriented riders including Switzerland’s Jonas Emery and Jules Reymond are part of the 10 days adventure which will take the riders roaming the European Alps on a search for optimum freeriding conditions from Laax to Innsbruck.

The crew started their quest with a bus trip to Verbier in the swiss region of Valais. Having being unfortunate with the riding conditions until now, the first competition day planned today promises to be exceptional as clear skies are finally forecasted.
Make sure not to miss any of the action by heading straight to Verbier and its famous Mont Fort glacier or log to the BMP website for live BrOADcast from 3pm on.

leysinbbjrpro.jpgNext week – from March 6th till 11th – Leysin will host the 4* TTR Billabong World Junior Pro.
Already famous riders such as Iouri Podladtchikov, Arthur Longo or Manuel Pietropoli will compete against the futur stars of the snowboard scene. The point they have in common? They are all under 20 years old and will fight to become Junior World Champion!
The boys and girls who will compete in Leysin have qualified to the event during the VZ trials held last week in Thyon, Switzerland and in Calgary, Canada earlier this year.

To promote the event, the guys at Billabong have put up a cool website where you can discover a nice animated 3D video of the snowpark that is being build for the event. As always in Leysin, the slopestyle course is impressive, offering the riders a combo of gaps, a superpipe run, some rails lines and ending on a wall. The Tristan Picot Memorial Trophy will also award the most impressive rider of the event.

The program for the 6 days of riding and partying looks great and includes the screening of Axel Pauporte’s new film dedicated to big mountain riding : LINES. The movie will be released in August 2007 so don’t miss this opportunity to watch it before everybody else!

The good news is that BrOADER will cover the event integrally as we will be in Leysin for the whole week. So make sure to check out http://www.snowbroader.eu for daily pics, interviews and exclusivities! And drop us a mail if you’re around so that we can meet for a beer! Cheers!

Budriders’ River JumpIt’s now official!! Between the 8th and the 10th of March the second edition of the Budriders’ River Jump will be held in Livigno. This year the event is awarded 4* within the TTR international circuit. Twenty among the best national and international freestylers will be called to give proof of their ability in an exciting challenge with the champions selected at the Mottolino Snowpark. The contest will end with the jump of the Spoel river “by night” and the award of the 30.000 euro prize money.

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O’Neill Big Mountain Pro 2007March is a very busy month contest-wise and we are receiving press releases from all over the place right now. March is also usually the time of the year with the best snow conditions…let’s beg that winter finally starts massively in Europe too. The organisers of the innovative freeride contest format – the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro 2007 – definitly need it anyways!

  

With innovation lying at the core of everything we do, it made perfect sense to push the envelope and develop a new contest format for 2007, and one that promises to revolutionize the world of freeride snowboard and ski competition as we know it.

In early March 2007, the inaugural edition of the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro will see 16 of the world’s best snowboarders and skiers coming together for a competition like no other.

Starting out in the picturesque Swiss ski resort of Laax with the Take-Off Party on 1st March and culminating in the Awards Party in the Austrian city of Innsbruck on 10th March, the O’Neill Big Mountain Pro will adopt an innovative mobile format guaranteeing the competition the best possible snow conditions and terrain.

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nordpark-sessions-flyer-200.jpgThe Snickers Nordpark Sessions 2007 will start next week – from February 27th to March 04th – at Nordpark, Innsbrooklyn/Austria.

Two contests will be held during the event:
The Skyline Expression session – 28/02 to 02/03 – is a freestyle contest with a final night session on March 02nd!
Nordpark Check the Ripper on March 03rd and 04th will select the perfect all-round rider.

Each rider will do a single timed run through three different sections: the park, the second section with well-shaped banks and finally a steep off-piste slope.

If you go there, don’t forget to send us pics!

avatar-tv-1.gifCheck out our short – and not soo great, sorry – review on what Tignes has to offer to freestylers!
From now on, we’ll try to produce – better – short reviews like that on snowparks and nice freeride domains around Europe.
Contributions are welcomed! 😉
Remember also that if you want, you can add resorts where you go usually ride on our BrOADER MAP and put descriptions, pics and videos there directly!

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avatar-tv-1.gifAs you can see Nico Watier is a busy man. That’s because he has a double life!
Pro rider for Imperivm snowboards where he’s got his “hot babes” signature model and technical director for HO5 parks, one of the leading European park construction company.
We met Nico during the Volcom PBRJ contest in Les 7 Laux and asked him some questions about building snowparks. If you remember we already discussed this topic with the guys from Mellow park constructions. It’s interesting to get another point of view and this time on video!

avatar-tv-1.gifThe Volcom Peanut Butter & Rail Jam stopped in les 7 Laux, France on the 27 of January. We just happened to be riding there so we checked out the scene and filmed some action.

The rails were set up at the bottom of the resort in Prapoutel (yo!) by the HO5park crew. There were 3 lines to shred. 2 pools of riders burned the rails in a Jam session format in order to qualify for the finals. Some pro-riders were there including David Livet from Imperivm Snowboards, Lucas Benacchio, Rossignol rider and Emeric Front on his Quiksilver proto board, and some amateurs were pushing themselves hard.
The sun was shining, the crowd build up around the good vibes and the funny comments of the speaker. A nice afternoon of snowboarding!
Check out 5 minutes of edge against rail action on film :

Oh and talking about Volcom, Webisode 3 is out now! Featuring Mark Landvik with Bjorn and Erik Leines in a midnight gathering, followed by a massive rail assault by Zac Marben, Cheryl Maas and Seth Huot. Then it’s Shaun White in the pipe with Dan Brisse and Louie Vito in the Superpark, finishing up with Eero Niemela in a solo Mammoth session.

fis-snowboard1.jpgFunny coincidence…not!!
We’ve just posted our BrOADER[view] with Drew Stevenson, the Boss of the TTR, a few days ago, and at the exact same time in the swiss resort of Arosa, the FIS Snowboard world championships were kicking off.

The what? Yes that’s right the snowboard circuit driven by race skiers, dude!! Check out the words they use in their program description: “disciplines, opening ceremony, prize-giving ceremony…”. It all just seems so strict, controlled, formatted. And in their teaser (further down), why is there so much skiing, uhu? Are they trying to make us believe snowboarding is just another discipline of ski?

@BrOADER, we asked ourselves if we should post or not about this event.
First of all we don’t share their vision of snowboarding and the way they “promote” it. The past Olympic pipe contests – run by the FIS – might have had positive impacts for our sport in general but maybe it’s simply because they were animated by TTR riders. Remember Heikki’s attitude in Salt Lake or Shaun’s smooth victory celebration ride in Torino?
We are not extremists but we believe snowboarding has to live by his own, follow his own path guided by the right people.
Secondly who watches slalom anyways! 😉

But [snow]BrOADER deals with the European snowboarding action and – you may like it or not, let us know – the FIS SWC are part of it. So it’s our duty to keep you informed…
However we’ll focuse on the results of the BoarderX and freestyle ‘disciplines’ because watching parallel slalom is too painfull!

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logo_start.jpgThe guys from ENGADINSNOW are lucky b*st*rds! Finally it’s dumping hard in Europe and they will have good conditions for the 5th edition of their event taking place from the 9th to 14th of January!
Since five years the world’s best freeskiers and snowboarders are meeting in Silvaplana, Switzerland, to show their skills and ride the up to 60° steep north face of the Mount Corvatsch.
This year, snowboard champs such as Flo Örley (AUT), Steve Klassen (USA), Ueli Kestenholz (SUI), Xavier Delerue (FRA), and Verbier Xtreme 2006 winner Cyril Neri (SUI) are competing.

Besides the freeride competition, the spectacular big air contest is also taking place for the fifth time in a row. Athletes from all over the world are invited to the showdown.
The ProAm Big Air is a combined event for Freeskiers and Snowboarders. It will also offer the possibility for amateurs to compete. If they get through the qualification, they can start in the big final on Friday against some of the world’s best Big Air riders including Stefan Gimpl, and Vinzenz Lüps.

Don’t miss out on this event, because for the anniversary edition, you are in for a treat!

7d73ae91011.jpgAs we are all getting ready to celebrate the New Year in style, resorts all over Europe are getting ready for a hectic month of January of high level snowboarding contests!

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For all you swiss riders reading BrOADER, or anyone planning to come shred the swiss resorts (with some knowledge of german or french though!) check out this great site called rideguide.ch.

In a glimpse on the map, you can get daily updated info about open resorts with nice weather, fresh pow, groomed snowparks…Created your own login, start customising your page with our favorites resorts, check the riding conditions and the webcams, and take part in the user ratings. It simple, accurate, plus you learn geography!

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Usually the SB Jam in Davos, Switzerland, was the best place to celebrate New Year’s eve! This year sadly the SB Jam is no more. It transformed into the O’neill Evolution ‘Ultimate Freestyle session’ and won’t happen on New Year but the first WE of January. So this year you have an excuse to party on for a whole week! 😉

So once again Davos is ready to host the first 6 star TTR event of the year and the 2007 opus promises to be exceptional : confirmed riders include TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion title-defender Mathieu Crepel (FRA), Finnish foursome Risto Mattila (FIN), Antti Autti (FIN), Janne Korpi (FIN) and Markku Koski (FIN), transition-master Nicolas Mueller (SUI), O’Neill team rider Gian Simmen (SUI), current TTR World Nr 1 Scotty Lago (USA), halfpipe master Markus Keller (SUI), and up-and-coming all-rounder Jean-Jacques Roux (FRA). But the event will be highlighted by the presence of the man himself, legendary Terje Haakonsen!

Make sure to check out the finals of the Superpipe (January, 5th from 4.30 pm) and the Quarterpipe (January, 6th from 4.30 pm) live on stage or in front of your computer here.

chilldestroy.JPGSprichst du Deutsch? Ja?
Ok then check out the 2007 Chill and Destroy Tour coming in a resort next to you!
All the dates are on their website and events will take place all over Germany, Switzerland and Austria with the final planned end of March in Fellhorn/Oberstdorf, Germany.

The contests are opened to all riders for only 15 Euro. Format is Slopestyyyyle with qualifications and a grand final with huge crowds cheering your name!

There are a lot of cool prizes to win and even cooler parties will be organised! Lot’s of cheap beer ja! See you there maybe!

BrOADER wishes all of you a great 06/07 winter season. Hope we get lots of snow and awesome sessions!

Introducing our first BrOADER video. We shot it a couple of weeks ago on the Glacier des Diablerets in Switzerland. Thanks to John Jackson, Doriane Vidal and Jonas Emery for their big ups!

We’ll try to produce some more episodes randomly all along the season to bring you some nice images about trips, contests, events, riders, parties….Hope you like it! But for now pray for snow! We want a white Xmas!!!

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1. White, S (986.23)
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4. Pearce, K (909.88)
5. Davis, D (805.38)

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