On Friday the snowboard community invaded the Tux Valley to herald the new season. They were awaited by an even larger Betterpark Hintertux: Over 30 obstacles, from the large line with XL tables to the medium and small lines and a jib paradise running all the way down to the park lifts, attracted old and young shredders alike. Many pros showed up over the course of the weekend, among them the Austrian elite like Gigi Rüf, Mathias Weissenbacher, Chris Kröll, Steve Gruber, Marco Feichtner, Michi Schatz, and Marvin Salmina, as well as international pros like Roope Tonteri (FIN), Seppe Smits (BEL), Mario Käppeli (SUI) and Ethan Morgan (GER) and top locals like Alex Walch, Tom Klocker and Mario Wanger. And there were plenty of sessions and contests, like the Alarm Clock Battle on Friday and the legendary Session of the Dudes on Saturday. That’s where the pros showed that they haven’t forgotten any of their skills over summer: Werni Stock (AUT) showed Best Trick with a flawless switch backside 12, 17-year-old Rowan Coultas (UK) became Best Rookie, and the Belgian sensation Sebbe de Buck scored the title Best Rider with his irresistible mix of style and versatility. The Cash for Trix down rail session on Sunday was dominated by talented groms, among them Fabian Fraidl, Thomas Wolf, Maxi Preissinger, Jonas Schäfer, Lorenz Vyslotzil, Bene Hofer and Jeremie Unterberger.
And the test area was constantly well attended. 27 of the hottest snowboard brands offered their latest gear for testing. “The interest and our test numbers are rarely as high as they were this year,” a pleased Tobi Leyendecker from Mervin Manufacturing sums the event up. “No doubt we will be back next year!”
In the valley, the vibes were also constantly positive: It started with the warm-up-parties on Friday including the video premieres of the Pirates (“Perceptions”) and CAPiTA (“Stay Bad Ass”). The snowboard scene also gathered during the Aftershred Session at the Hintertux parking lot on Saturday and had a few relaxed afternoon drinks and got their adrenaline kick on the Original Bag Jump. However, the weekend’s party climax was the 10th Anniversary Opening Night at the Hohenhaus Tenne in Hintertux. Marten Hørger, currently one of the best electro and breakbeat DJ’s as well as Austrian’s top MC Average and FM4 DJ Phekt were on the turntables, supported by DJ NLP and other acts such as DJ Socom from London. The party was excessive and lasted until the wee hours of the morning.
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