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All lot of snowboard companies have developped the “mini-me” snowboard these past season. These boards are super playfull and taking them out for a day gives a completly different feeling to a regular snowboard day. When we met Darius last time, he was rocking the new 2007/08 Nidecker Nano and that’s what he had to say about it:
After crossing the Alps in 2004, and then the Nice – Chamonix treck in 2006, the French snowboarder Seb Louvet, is getting ready for a new challenge : Monetiers-les-Bains – La Grave in one night and one day…through the “Dôme des Ecrins” and “La Meije”!! If the weather is ok, it is planned for the 3rd and 4th may.
To prepare this trip which includes more than 6500m height, more than if you walk up 23 times to the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower at more than 2000m above the sea level, Seb made many trecks during the winter.
It’s better to be super trained to make 24 hours of non-stop rise and downhill in the middle of these mythical summits!
Equiped with approach skis for going uphill, Seb needs a light equipment on his back. He’s got a Rossignol setting : Works 162 snowboard, Works Carbon bindings and Revolve boots.
Snowboarders aren’t all chairlift’s addict !!
photo credit: Fred Chevaillot
In his inimitable smooth style, under glorious spring weather, Nicolas Mueller (SUI) claimed the first-ever Slopestyle title of TTR THREE(3)STAR Snickers Classic & Popcorn Wallride, held at Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 19th-22nd April, 2007.
The last major professional event on the Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour 06/07, the Snickers Classic & Popcorn Wallride delivered a perfect and worthy ending to the snowboard season. As bikini-clad bodies bronzed in hot sun on the beach-styled Popcorn Plaza at the Saas-Fee Spielboden glacier run, riders went all-out to enjoy the super-fun Slopestyle park designed by local Swiss stars, Frederik Kalbermatten (SUI) & Marco Schwab (SUI). Starting with a cliff-drop, the course included a huge table-jump, a roller-jump, a step-up manual box and snow-box. Two qualification heats of 15 cut into a 12-man Super Final where each finalist received a share of the 10,000USD prize purse. Judges marked riders during the Slopestyle jam sessions based on overall impression through the course.
Hard-pushed to judge the striking line-up of European snowboard talent, it was Nicolas Mueller’s (SUI) creativity, fluidity and variety of tricks that set him apart from his peers. Mueller’s (SUI) stylish runs included a neat 540 off the cliff-drop, a Cab 900 Japan and snow-box jibbing – the only rider to do so.
The 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.
Wooo come down dude! There’s no porn on BrOADER (yet)!
Just kidding 😉
Here are some more pics from the Intergirlactik contest!
Enjoy our slideshow from this super cool week-end!
Darius was part of the crew of 4 skiers and snowboarders who travelled to Nepal this winter to try and beat the record of building the highest kicker on earth and stomping tricks.
We met with Darius and asked him about this adventure, human experience and sporting challenge.
“Mountain and nature rules it” is the message from Darius! In fact the record didn’t happen because of the harsh weather conditions but it turned out to be an unbelievable experience. Check out our video interview!
Intergirlactik is over and looking back it has been a great event!
It was our first contest partnership and we were stocked to see how the girls were going big – back 7s on the 15m gap for Claudia – on the perfectly shaped HO5 Snowpark.
The weather was nice, the vibes super good and it was also cool to be able to check out and test 07/08 boards from Allian, Forum, Roxy, Gnu, Lib Tech as well as Beyond bindings. Oh yeah, and the friendly drunk swiss from the Pinard crew were there, hunting down Serge…
Can’t wait for next year!! In the meanwhile check out our video of the finals!
1st – Claudia Fliri (AUT)
2nd – Vicci Miller (UK)
3rd – Lisa Filzmoser (AUT)
Here’s our friend and Rossignol team rider Christian “KIKI” Moillen again, with a short video presentation of one of his 2007/08 set-ups from Rossignol snowboards: the Premier with HC 2000 bindings.
What a wonderful day for the INTERGIRLACTIK‘s qualifications!!
Sunshine, good snow, warm temperatures and girls in bikini 😉
The HO5 park was specially shaped for the event with a line composed of rails, table 1, table 2 and rails again to finish the run. Girls had fun all day long and judges a hard time to give tickets for the finals….
Are qualified for tomorrow’s final :
1st heat :
H.PAUMOLA (FIN) roxy
2nd heat :
A.LAUKKANEN (FIN) roxy wear
3rd heat :
+ 2 other girls during a final heat
Special thanks to our “Roxy” reporter Mélanie L.
Read this, it’s important!
With the effects of Mother Nature’s imbalance far too obvious in the 2007 snow pack, the time has come throughout the snow sports industry to come together to educate and respond to the undeniable global warming crisis.
Always a leader and innovator in his sport, snowboarding legend and longtime Rossignol athlete Jeremy Jones has stepped forward to take a proactive stand, establishing a non-profit environmental initiative under the title “Protect Our Winters”, also known as “POW”.
The MMPfilms crew is working hard on producing their 2007/08 video. Last week they uploaded their first podcast about a little rail trip to Prague that they did early this season with Iouri Podlatchikov, Christian Haller and Gianluca Cavigelli.
Check it out on their webpage!
Check out our video interview with swedish rider Michael Lundmark.
Michael is a strong allround rider and proved it in 2004 when he won the Billabong Jr Pro and imposed himself as a force to be reckoned with.
We met him in Leysin beginning of March and asked him some questions about his season and set-up. Michael is equipped head to toe with Rossignol snowboards gear and seems stocked about it. Check it out!
Straight out from les 2 Alpes, Arthur Longo is the new hot shot from the french snowboard scene.
Arthur has had an amazing contest season winning the O’Neill Pro Freestyle in Avoriaz, scoring big in the O’Neill Evolution in Davos, flying high at the Artic Challenge and finishing -only- second at the Billabong Jr Pro in Leysin!
And that’s a season for Arthur during which – in his own words – he didn’t push it to hard!
That’s right, Arthur is concentrating on finishing school this year but is completly pumped up already for next year when he plans to push it to the next level!
Check out our video with Arthur shot during the Billabong Jr Pro and get to know this super talented rider. Oh, I almost forgot, Arthur also plans to improve his English so in the meanwhile it’s your turn to improve your French…
On a super creative park including either a three-kicker line to a step-up bowl or a banked slalom rail line followed by a half-cradle, a corner and two rails, the 30 finalists battled their way to the top. Some sick riding!
At the end of the day local hero and Aesthetiker spiritual leader, Steven Gruber won the contest with an impressive and most stylish run: Cab 720, switch backside 540, backside 720 and a super smooth move in the Taco. The strongest oppostion came from scandinavian riders Jaakko Ruha from Finland and swede Kalle Ohlson who finished second and third respectively with strong runs.
As always the spirit was great during the whole 4 days of contest and the set up really allowed the riders to show their skills and creativity.
Keep da spirit!
We told you he was our favorite! Xavier de le Rue continues his incredible season and adds another trophy to his collection with his first place at the O’Neill Xtreme Verbier 2007.
The frenchman nailed some impressive runs with dedicated lines and fluid turns, ponctuated by big cliff jumps. After a disappointing 5th place last year, Xavier enjoys his triumph this time around!
The men’s podium is completed by Verbier old timer Serge Cornillard from France and swiss freeriding legend Cyril Neri.
If you missed out on the action, storm to freecaster for highlights and Xavier’s victory run!
Perfect spring conditions prevailed at Park City as the Slopestyle contest of the 3rd Annual Roxy Chicken Jam became the deciding TTR point-earning event for the women’s Champion title. With one of the most talented rider line-ups of the season, the best-of-4-runs jam session culminated in a 15-woman Final that proved a close-cut challenge for judges to call. After tough deliberation, Slopestyle victory finally went to accomplished rider Tara Dakides (USA) who delivered amongst her best runs a backflip over the kicker, backside rodeo to a clean backside 720, ending with a boardslide-to-fakie on the flat down flat. Jamie Anderson’s (USA) fluidity and impressive rail maneuvers throughout the course earned a second place finish, and take her back to the TTR World Nr 2 spot.
But it was Torah Bright’s clean mix of cab 540s and cab 720s that earned her a 3rd place podium result – and win enough TTR points to extend her Nr 1 lead over last season’s Tour winner, Cheryl Maas (NED) – and secure the 2nd Women’s TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion 06/07 crown.
Bright (AUS) joins recently crowned male Shaun White (USA) as the TTR World Tour Champions 06/07.
Don’t miss out on the Xtreme de Verbier which is scheduled for tomorrow, sunday.
Held on the mythical Bec des Rosses, the 12th edition of the Xtreme is the final event of the the first European Freeride Tour which featured two qualifications events in Austria and in France. Tomorrow winner of these qualifications and invited riders will show their class and knowledge of the mountain and try to impress the judges. Among the riders attending the Xtreme are 2 times winner Cyril Neri, Jules Reymond, Alex Coudray, and our favorite Xavier de le Rue.
Don’t miss out on this incredible event which you can check out tomorrow live on freecaster.
Last weekend, the best snowboard rookies from Austria, Germany and Switzerland met during the Finale Grande of the Snowpark Tour 007 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Patrik Huber (AUT) was crowned the “most impressive rider” and Anais Cettou (SUI) took the girls’ victory.
The shapers set up a kicker line with two kickers and a quarterpipe. At the in-run, riders could choose between two rails. The additional box line offered four different slide boxes. The 70 riders were also delighted by the nice weather and the fact that the participation in the event and accommodation were free.