Spring Battle 2013 - Flachau
The Quiksilver Spring Battle in Flachau, Austria is an intense, one-day snowboarding showdown. Each wild, expert freestyle snowboarding performance is introduced by a hilarious freestyle rap.
Just 45 mins from Salzburg, just off the main road you find Flachau. I headed up in the evening and walked straight into the restaurant in Flachauwinkl (edge of Flachau). I was meeting a ChaletFinder contact who had invited me to come and see their popular snowbaorders event Spring Battle. Somehow, he managed to twist my arm ...
Once inside the door, I found myself in a big mix of snowboarding talent & media representatives from all over Europe. I sat down just in time to order a beer and wiener schnitzel and got chatting to a reporter from Austrian national radio, magazine writers & photographers from all over Europe. The hype said, tomrrow would be pretty big.
Morning came, groggy heads were soothed away at Alpin Chalet with an orgy of medicinal breakfast available.
We head up the mountain (on fantastic heated lifts!) to find the Absolut Park ready and waiting for the competition to start. With freezing snow falling, it was cold and bleak at first, not that it really slowed these guys down.
We sat meters from the landing slope looking down upon a uber-kicker as the snowboarding legends took their positions to being their first round of 3 to make it into the final 8. WIth $50,000 in prize money and the social media world watching they were going to do their best despite the harsh conditions.
Amongst these battle hardend madmen was the U.K's Rowan Coultas just 15 years old. You can see the full line up in the results.
Words are not the tools to describe what happened next……… for the action, watch the videos!
Here's the winning run Seppe from Belgium, and below that Carlos from Switzerland coming 2nd.
The after party & judging was totally epic!
I met them in the restaurant, lovely guys, but you look at them differently once you've seen them do this.
There's a full 1.5hr video of it with hilarious freestyle rap intro's for every boarder (PARENTAL GUIDIANCE)
To watch the video (scroll down a bit when you land!) I'm in there somewhere.
The Final Results
1.Seppe Smits (BEL)
2.Carlos Gerber (SUI)
3.KIm Rune Hansen (NOR)
4.Brage Richenberg (NOR)
5.Sondre Tiller (NOR)
6.Markku Koski (FIN)
7.Tor Lundstrom (SWE)z
8.Simen Neraker (NOR)
9.Seth Hill (USA) (people's champion)
10.Morten Kleivdal (NOR)
11.Herbert Thaler (AUT)
12.Roman Hausammann (SUI)
13.Ville Uotila (FIN)
14.Rowan Coultas (GBR)
15.Even Solbraa (NOR)
16.Peter Walchhofer (AUT)
17.Max Buri (SUI)
18.Mario Käppeli (SUI) (ethanvsmario)
The event was enjoyed by all, the winner took $9000 for his day's work everyone in the top 8 took a good day's pay. The industry supports these guys for good reason, what they do is spectacular and is well worth watching! The resort invest in making these things happen all year round in Flachau, they put on an excellent show.
Spring Battle will be back 12th March - 14th March next year. They say it'll be bigger. Just 40 mins from Salzburg, come along & find out.
Here are some videos I collected of the contestants