SEPPE SMITS WINS 5STAR SPRING BATTLE!
Sat 16 March 13
Tough conditions descended upon Flachauwinkl’s Absolut Park today, seizing the riders opportunities to run finals in the World Snowboard Tour 5Star contest.
SEPPE SMITS WINS 5STAR SPRING BATTLE! © World Snowboard Tour Logo
But the event staff and riders evaluated throughout training and the first two runs of the day, and then unanimously decided that results would be taken from these 3 runs. The eight best riders were able to choose one of today's runs, to put up for the video judging event in the evening.
With these 8 runs counting for the video judging, it was Seppe Smits who took the win with his Backside 1080 Double Cork Nose Grab, taking 17.000 from the 50.000 USD prize purse, the handmade gold medal plus 850 World Snowboard Tour ranking points for the 2013-2014 season.
Seppe was followed by Swiss Carlos Gerber with a stylish Frontside Doublecork 1080° Double Grab in front of Norway’s Kim Rune Hansen. His fellow countryman Brage Richenberg missed the podium but saved himself rank four with his second run.
Seppe Smits commented: ‘’It was great to win Spring Battle again, I didn't expect it, it was close I felt...But am stoked and read to party!’’
Anthony Smits injured himself slightly in training and was therefore not able to compete.
Big highlight of the event was the live-video-judging with the following after party at Festsaal Flachau, where the final ranking was determined. The best run of each rider was prepared as a short video-edit to then be reviewed live by the judges in front of the eyes of the party crowd, a very exciting and spectacular way to crown a contest winner.
a few days until the first 6Star
event of the new season, the X Games in Tignes
, France. To follow the World Snowboard Tour 2013-2014 season visit: www.worldsnowboardtour.com
Thu 21 March 13, Tignes, France
It was a thrilling day for the snowboarding here at X Games Tignes; the first 6Star event on the 2013-2014 World Snowboard Tour calendar.
Sat 23 March 13
A historic season of the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR 2013 BY THE NORTH FACE® (FWT) came to an end with jaw dropping action on the mythical Bec des Rosses face in Verbier, Switzerland.
Tue 26 March 13, Tignes, France
The 2013 British Snowboarding Championships kicked off in its new French home of Tignes with the Snowboardcross hosted for the 11th time by Tresspass.
Wed 27 March 13, Tignes, France
The BRITS Bangers & Cash Rail Jam made its debut today in a snowy, windy Tignes. Event organisers created the jam in order to celebrate the high standard of rail shredding talent coming out of the UK at the moment.
Sat 30 March 13, Tignes, France
The British Dare 2b Snowboard Halfpipe final drew the curtain on the first ever BRITS Championships in Tignes. GB Olympic hope Ben Kilner (24, Aberdeen) and budding talent Katie Ormerod (15, Brighouse) took home gold medals despite facing a stiff field of competition.