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Nike Snowboarding's Snake And Hammers: Montafon

Shared By: Nike 6.0 | March 29, 2013

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Four unforgettable days at the Snake & Hammers banked slopestyle at Silvretta Montafon/Austria - riding an innovative contest course 36 amateurs and 23 pros and legends took up the challenge of fast riding and stylish tricks. 24th to 27th March 2013, Nike Snowboarding presented "Snake & Hammers" at Silvretta Montafon, Austria. The specially designed course combined the turns of a traditional banked slalom with the features of a slopestyle event. The park was a combination of numerous turns and banks, and included a stairset, side-by-side kicker setup, big bowl, a London gap through a snow tunnel to a straight rail, a creative halfpipe and a small hip. The aim of each rider was to snake down course as fast as possible while dropping their best "hammers“ along the way. The set up in Montafon attracted Nike riders Peetu Piiroinen, Jamie Nicholls, Kevin Backstrom and Spencer O’Brien joined by world class snowboarders Peter König, Thomas Feurstein, David Bertschinger Karg, Marco Smolla, Enzo Nilo, Stephan Maurer and Tor Lundstrom alongside esteemed legends David Benedek, Christoph Weber, Nico Droz, Nicola Thost, Bobby Meeks, Darius Heristchian and Steve Gruber. On Monday 25th, ten amateurs qualified for the semi finals and finals which were held under the week’s best weather conditions on the 27th. When the judging was complete Christian Haller (SUI) showed he had the best mix of balance, speed and tricks winning him a share of the $10,000 prize purse. With a race time of 01:25,10, frontside lipslide on the gap downrail, frontside 720 tailgrab off the kicker and many other tricks he claimed a deserved win. Spencer O’Brien won the women’s contest by snaking down the course with her well documented power and style with the best hammer award going to Jamie Nicholls who threw a perfectly stomped backside 1080 off the kicker. MEN: Christian Haller / SUI Stephan Maurer / SUI Peetu Piiroinen / FIN WOMEN: Spencer O’Brien / CAN Nicola Thost / GER Aline Bock / GER BEST HAMMER: Jamie Nicholls / ENG For more information visit