Elias Ambühl Rocks The Fridge Festival Big Air In Budapest

Budapest hosted the first ever major freeski event in Eastern Europe with the Fridge Festival last weekend. This event is an exciting preview of the superior freeskiing that the upcoming winter season has in store.

Elias Ambühl.  Photo: Sean BalmerSixteen international elite riders gathered in Budapest for the 2010 Fridge Festival and battled it out on a 34 m high artificial ramp. 

The unusually mild weather was welcomed by the tens of thousands of spectators, but presented a tough challenge for the event organisers. It took many hours of preparation before the final could start on Saturday with a simple best-of-two-runs format. However, the conditions didn’t stop the riders throwing yet another double cork fest.

An enthusiastic crowd witnessed great performances by all of the athletes, who were from eleven different countries, proving once more that freeskiing is a truly international sport.

Elias Ambühl set the pace early in the qualification with a massive double corked 1080° mute-nose. Norway’s PK Hunder and JF Houle from Canada followed suit to complete the super final of the top 3.

In the super final JF Houle raised the standards with a big double cork 1260° japan. PK Hunder answered with a poked double cork 1080° nose-mute to take the lead, but no one could touch Elias Ambühl on Saturday.

The young Swiss tweaked his double cork 1080° nose-mute beyond the limits and landed perfectly at the bottom of the huge ramp. There was no doubt about the winner. 

“The weekend couldn’t have been any better," said Elias Ambühl. "Now I am looking forward to the King Of Style in Stockholm and the Sweet Rumble in Trysil.”

With his first victory at the Fridge Festival big air under his belt Elias Ambühl is more than ready for the upcoming contest season on proper snow.


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