Terje rules the banked air in Ischgl

Tue 10 April 18

Part slalom, part slopestyle but totally unique, the inaugural banked air contest featured over 80 riders but it was Terje Haakonsen who won the overall style award.

Terje rules the banked air in Ischgl

Terje rules the banked air in Ischgl © (c) TVB Paznaun - Ischgl

After two days of training and qualification the best 12 teams from all over Europe, the US and Canada consisting of at least 5 riders including a woman were battling it out in the finals on Friday in a head-to-head format. Sunshine and spring temperatures contributed to the all around good vibes at the Velill-Park above Idalp.

The ‚EuroAir’ Crew with 1993 World Champion Terje Haakonsen (NOR) and 12-year-young prodigy Jacky DeJo (NED) and the Swiss crew around former Halfpipe-Pro Pascal Imhof were riding against each other in the Small Finals, in the end the Swiss secured the third spot. The Austrian riders represented with two crews were the winners of the day, as both crews made it to the Big Final and impressed with lots of style and airtime. In the end the ‚Austria Air’ team with Matthias Weissenbacher, Marc Swoboda, Werni Stock, Tini Gruber, Michael Macho, Tom Tramnitz and Alex Walch dominated and wrote history as first ever Banked Air winner crew. The legendary Ästhetiker crew - a circle of friends united by the love and passion for snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing, which brought up quite a few successful snowboard-pros and is now organizing snowboarding events for young talents paving the way for the next generation – therefore ended up on 2nd place. The team consisted of Gigi Rüf, Steve Gruber, Rudi Kröll, three-time Air & Style winner (1999 – 2001) Stefan Gimpl, Ischgl local Roli Tschoder, Wolle Nyvelt and Sandy Kröll. A team with many personalities, who left their marks on Austria’s and the international snowboard scene and still do.

Ischgl Banked Air 2018 Xaver Hoffmann
Ischgl Banked Air 2018 Xaver Hoffmann
(c) TVB Paznaun - Ischgl

Snowboarding’s finest Terje Haakonsen, who influenced and shaped snowboarding like no other, showcased 25 years after his World Champion win with lots of airtime, unbelievable board control and his signature Method Air which no one executes with more style than him, that he is still riding at the highest level! That is why it’s no surprise that he won the overall category and also the style award from the judges. Austrian Alex Walch, who showed the highest jumps and therefore collected the most airtime, was the happy winner of the airtime award, while Elena Könz from Switzerland was the sensation of the day ending up third among all competitors in the airtime ranking. Matthias Weissenbacher (AUT) delivered the fastest run of the day. The event closed this weekend with the Open Crew Banked Air competition, which was open for all riders. Terje said: „Ischgl is one of the great resorts Tirol has to offer. Especially in the early 90s it had a big impact on the sport with the European and World Championships. Now Ischgl showcased again that it can do fun action sports events. It takes courage to try a new format!“

Ischgl Banked Air 2018_Terje Haakonsen
Ischgl Banked Air 2018_Terje Haakonsen
(c) TVB Paznaun - Ischgl

Overall the Banked Air 2018 in Ischgl was a successful premiere of a new concept, which reflects the innovative spirit as well as the creativity and passion of the snowboarding community. Banked Air shows, that Snowboarding doesn’t fit into any category and that the sky is the limit when it comes to evolution and innovation. Additionally the event was a family gathering of the international snowboard community with early legends, current top rider and the next generation and a chance to refresh old friendships, to make new ones and to share memories from the past.

Ischgl Banked Air 2018
Ischgl Banked Air 2018
(c) TVB Paznaun - Ischgl

Thanks to host Ischgl & Tourismusverband Paznaun – Ischgl as well as Silvrettaseilbahn AG and to partners Red Bull, Tirol Werbung and Blue Tomato, who made the world premiere of the Banked Air possible.

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