The Swatch TTR 4Star BGV Fest went off in Russia this weekend as two Scandinavian riders and a lone Russian took out the top spots. A huge crowd of spectators braved the cold conditions to watch Teo Konttinen (FIN) claim top honours as Chris Sörman (SWE) took second, followed by Russia’s own, Viktor Teymurov in third. Konttinen’s efforts earned him a fat slice of the $25 000 USD prize purse and 500 TTR ranking points, boosting him over 200 places up to World No. 164 whilst Sörman moves into World No. 21.
The 2009 BGV Fest was awarded Swatch TTR 4Star status ensuring an even higher quality event than the year before. The set up of the Slopestyle course had vastly improved on last year and provided riders with limitless possibilities for trick combos. It consisted of three massive kickers, long rails and several boxes, features that Konttinen, Sörman and Teymurov were slaying all night.
Eight riders made it into the finals and showcasing the rise of Russian snowboarding were Viktor Teymurov, Sergey Lapushkin and Dmitrij Koltsov. Austrian favourite, Rudi Kroell, finished in 5th position and moved up over 15 positions on the Swatch TTR World Ranking, now sitting in World No. 48. His brother, Chris Kroell (AUT) just missed the cut into the Top 50 with his 9th place finish. Otto Veijola (FIN), winner of the 2007 BGV was unable to repeat his success and finished in 8th position, right behind Ludwig Lejkner (SWE).
When the contest wrapped up, riders and spectators warmed up by the fire and got down to the sounds of Russia’s hottest bands and DJs. Russians know how to throw a sick event and expectations are rising for 2010, when the BGV Fest may be back, even bigger and better than ever.