Nine Knights: Freeski Battle in Oberstdorf, Germany

Nine Knights 2009 is history! This morning a group of skiers, filmers and photographers left Oberstdorf with a smile on their faces. To be more specific: A very big smile!

Freeskiing Competition: Nine Knights 2009 in Oberstdorf, Germany.  Copyright: Christoph SchoechNine Knights was a huge success due to an amazing feature (the castle) and a motivated and talented group of people.

Perfect shooting conditions helped us to create plenty of stunning imagery throughout the week. The grand final of the event was the competition on saturday. Plenty of spectators from near and far went up to the Nebelhorn to see the nine knights in action. The weather was not perfect but the knights still showed the tricks they have practiced all

Henrik Harlaut was the outstanding rider of the Nine Knights 2009. The euro open champion was slaying the 21 meter box (best trick: pretzl 360 switch up, switch up, pretzl 270) and winning the „best jibber“ category. His price is a trip to the Red Bull XFighters in London. Henrik also convinced the judges with his jumping skills and won a set of Dotz rims in the category „best kicker“.

Nine Knights 2009 in Oberstdorf, Germany.  Copyright: Christoph SchoechThomas Hlawitschka was once more the ruler of the quaterpipe and also took a set of Dotz rims back home to Eschenlohe. The best double action went to Luggi Brucic and Nico Zacek’s side by side cork 900’s.

At the afterparty the riders and photographers judged the second highlight of the day: The Nine Knights photo competition. Johan Stahlberg (Swe), Pally Learmond (UK), Stef Cande (Fra), Klaus Polzer (Ger) and Alo Belluscio (It) created the most amazing images you can possibly imagine and it was very hard to pick the very best shots. At the end, Johan Stahlberg won the best action shot, capturing some amazing sunset doule action on the castle. See all competing shots on

Full Results:
Best Jibber: Henrik Harlaut
Best Kicker: Henrik Harlaut
Best Quaterpipe: Thomas Hlawitschka
Best Team: Luggi Brucic und Nico Zacek
Best action shot: Johan Stahlberg
Best lifestyle: Pally Learmond
Best creative angle Stef Cande
Best black & white: Stef Cande

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