Snake & Hammers 2014: three unforgettable days full of fun, sun and style in the Nike Snowpark Montafon. Last weekend a crowd of amateur riders and 15 pros took on the challenge of timed measurement combined with obstacle judging on the banked slopestyle course at Silvretta Montafon.
When the dust settled, it was Spencer O’Brien (CAN) and Seppe Smits (BEL) who enjoyed the champions’ shane of the prize purse.
From 28-30 March 2014, Nike Snowboarding presented the second annual Snake & Hammers at Silvetta Montafon, Austria. On a creative course combining the banks and rollers of a traditional banked slalom with the features of a slopestyle course, riders had to balance speed as well as style. The goal was to race as fast as possible down the “snake” course, without leaving the style behind. Tricks on the slopestyle features, like a step-down kicker, big and small rollers, a cannon rail, stairset and several banked jumps brought points as well as time bonuses for the riders with the best “hammers.”
NIKE SNAKE & HAMMERS RIDER 2014
This unique course, as well as spectacular weather, lured several big names to Montafon. Alongside current pros like Kevin Bäckström, Seppe Smits, Spencer O’Brien, Tor Lundström, Sebbe de Buck, Jesse Augustinus, Nicolas Fuentes, Clemens Schattschneider and Matthias Weissenbacher, several snowboard legends like David Benedek, Iker Fernandez, Steve Gruber, Mini Karpf, Sani Alibabic and Nicola Thost couldn’t let this event pass them by. These legends visibly enjoyed the day, and wondered when the last time was that they all competed together. That’s not something that happens every day.
After training on Friday and amateur qualification on Saturday, the pros and legends got into the action on Sunday, attempting to top the tricks and times of the ten qualified amateurs. This was best achieved by the Belgian Seppe Smits, who with a time of 01:10.60 scored not only the best time, but also with frontside and backside 360s as well as a backflip nosegrab picked up the most time bonuses, a well-earned victory, and $2,400 USD prize money. On the ladies’ side, Spencer O’Brien beat out Nicola Thost to defend her title, posting a time that would have placed well among the men. The “Best Hammers” award went to Kevin Bäckström. The Swede put down the trick of the day on the big kicker, a stylish frontside 720, which alongside his third-place finish gave him two prize checks to take home.
Thu 03 April 14, Vail, USA
Thanks to more than 24 feet of snow so far this season, Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, will continue to offer more than 4,800 acres of terrain through closing day, Sunday, April 20.
Sat 05 April 14, Mont Saint-Sauveur, Canada
Catch the Live Stream from the Ride Shakedown tonight 7.30 pm EDT time. Sébastien Toutant, Maxence Parrot, Charles Reid, and many others will be at the 13th Ride Shakedown in Mont Saint-Sauveur!