Double victory for Wallisch in Modena
One Place, two days, three contests: The city of Modena (Italy) was the Freeski-battleground for the Amplid Research Cartel and other riders from over 10 countries.
Riders began their runs from the top of a 30-foot high snow-covered platform, dropping in to hit a kinked handrail or a straight box and end their show with a log jib. The judges ranked the competitors based on overall impression of: variety, difficulty, technical ability and the use of course obstacles. At stake was a prize purse of nearly EUR 6,000.
The Contest went down on the Saturday night as the first contest of the Modena Freestyle Meeting and the riding was top level, with rider Tom Wallisch being on top of the podium with very safe and stylish a 450in to p270out. This trick pushed his team mate Pako Beguerel to 2nd position after having sticked a nice 270in to p270out.
1 Tom Wallisch
2 Pako Benguerel
3 Marco Eydallin
Day 2 Afternoon: Big Air Spine Contest
A fourty meter high ramp has been built to give the riders enough speed for the huge corner jump. French shooting star and Amplid ambush rider Xavier Favre got a very good score after 2 perfectly sticked cork7 true nose airs. But this was only enough for 2nd place for Xavier: Tom Wallisch came down switch and pulled an incredible SW5 high-shifty, followed by an awesome cork7 double true nose cross. And stepped up once more onto the top of the podium. 14 year old newcomer Dennis Battisti from Italy became 4th.
1 Tom Wallisch
2 Xavier Favre
3 Thomas Krief
Day 3 Evening: Crans Montana Rail Open
One more contest to pass and the riders are will be free to party – in the last heat of the Crans Montana rail contest 3 out of 5 riders where on Amplid. Only Roy Kittler from Germany could beat Tom Wallisch this time. 2 rookies from France – the Lebrun brothers Bastien and Nicolas endedup 3rd and 4th.
1 Roy Kittler
2 Tom Wallisch
3 Bastien Lebrun
“Italy is a great place to compete,” says Wallisch, “the crowds are really pushing my riding. I will come back for sure!”
Also Pako enjoyed this weekend very much. “I am used to latino vibes amongst the spectators, but Modena was insane. So much fun …!”
On Saturday 30 freeskiers and 30 snowboarders composed of pro’s, rookies and „Lucky Chicks & Bastards“ took part at the competition of the 23rd Kaunertal Opening – it was a long and exciting day.
The upcoming winter season at the Crystal Ground–Snowpark Kleinwalsertal will bring lots of innovations and improvements for and around the snowpark, but also new, innovative events and camps.