The World´s funniest snowboard competition held at the Vans Penken Park in Mayrhofen and now in it´s fifth year. Pro riders mixed up with Snowbombers battled for honour, goodies and a total prize money of 2000 Euros. Four days of shredding, beats and insane parties, here is what happend day by day:
Tuesday: saw the Hot Zone.tv pro snowboard shop, assemble some of Europe's finest pro snowboarders and visiting snow bombers for their now legendary banked slalom run. With Germany's Discodogs and Innsbruck's Wax Wreckaz sending the sunbathing crowd into a schnapps induced frenzy. Local hero Rudi Kröll blew the competition away and after 5 immense laps, demolished the course more than anyone else to take home the gold.
Wednesday: The weather was not as bleak as predicted or could it be the classic funk being blasted through the park by Mistajam, skream, Artwork and Scarlett Etienne that blew the clouds away? The gap in the clouds allowed the assembled Hotzone.tv international pros and visiting snowbombers to throw down hammers on the specially designed kicker. With multiple backflips, frontflips and the occasional slam all being witnessed by the amassed rabble of spectators. With the Grillhofalm providing the fluids and their now infamous homemade pizzas fuelling the fire to ensure everyone sent it into the late afternoon.
Thursday: What a scorcher! With record temperatures, Norman Jay and the Notting Hill Carnival bus parked in the grillhof you would be hard pressed to find a better combo for an afternoon. But wait theres more as the Hotzone.tv brought over some of the World's best riders who were out to prove why they get paid to chill in the snow instead of a getting a proper job. The cream of England, Jamie Nicholls was on fire with a switch frontside 1080 which earnt him best trick of the day and the overall Snowbombing Ride and Seek crown right in front of Peter König and Florian Heim. The Queen sends her respects. The beats continued long into the afternoon sending you all down with happy but redder faces than they arrived with.
Friday: That's it and that's all with another unforgettable Ride and Seek contest coming to a close. The perils of the Hotzone slip and slide water gap were in fall force as superheroes, Gameboy megastars and some schnaps filled Snowbombers, crossed the sub zero temperatures, with some going home having had tasted the drink. With the snow dumping and the mist rolling in, it was up to the Dj's Ra and Smash Hifi to turn up the heat on the assembled rabble of spectators climaxing an epic week of snowboarding craziness, see you all next year!
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all pictures by Christian Eberl, text by Tom Kingsnorth