after 8 days of waiting, finally a comp on a great looking wildseeloder! a hard snowpack and bad weather kept us from riding earlier, but it was worth waiting! 30 cm of fresh snow were smooth to ride, at least as long as you did ot hit any other tracks ((-:
i had a bit of a motivation problem to be honest, after 2 and a half months of traveling, competing and after all not snowboarding as much as i am used to....but being a daddy just amazing and whenever i am home these days time with the kids is simply more important than time on the mountain. 8th place here kicked me back a bit in the overalls to 11th, which means i am not going to the finals in verbier ))-: but winning in hochfügen and engadin (both 4* fwq) secures my spot on the tour for 2014 and i am stoked to be back next year with fresh motivation!! one more comp this week at the open faces event at the kitzsteinhorn before it`s off to chamonix for some ation filming......but more on that later!
after working on my riding and improving on the tour over the last weeks, finally the first victory of the season. on my favourite competition mountain ever, mt. corvatsch in engadin, i managed to stay ahead of world tour college jamie rizuto from canada to take home first place. it was a great day with over 100 competitors from all over the world and good freeride vibes. this gives me confidence to push it evene harder on the tour as well for the second part of the season. on the day after the qualifier, the organizers staged the world`s first ever parallel freeride comp, where 2 riders are in the face at the same time. i managed to stey on my feet in pretty sh...y conditions and claimed my second victory in 2 days, right in the line with my strain of success here: 10 participations over 12 years and just as many podiums! check out the details below, after the pics.
it was an amazing morning, with my low bib i was at the start half an hour before sunrise, pretty amazing. condotinos were quite good, a few hardpacked patches but power otherwise. i still feel uncomfortable going bigger on my drops, but it is gettig better as the season goes on. my riding is getting faster, which is good (-: unfortunately i went into a small couloir at the end of my run which was icy and i had to do a laybackslide to come out, otherwise i may have made the podium.... the fwt takes a break now until early february in kirkwood, usa. but i will be doing the fwq`s in engadin, hochfügen and stubai, so c u there!
after many years with the rad air tanker crew i join xavier delerue and many more strong riders in the rossignol freeride department.
i tested the boards last week on the glacier together with hauni and am pretty stoked about the performance!!
the new 2014 boards designed by xavier himself will arrive in a few weeks and i am looking forward to testing those as well, especially since there will be one board in my favourite length, but this is still secret until ispo in februray
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