The annual 4star TTR event that is The O’Neil Pleasure Jam kicked off Europe’s winter season, as riders from all over the world came to Schladming-Dachstein, Austria to battle it for a whopping prize purse of 20,000 USD.
This invite only event allows snowboarding’s elites to compete in one of the best parks around with the perfect backdrop of Austria’s Dachstein glacier.
With the sun shining and a killer set up, this year’s competitors gave it their all as the last of the heats came to an end, leaving the final 6 riders to step up their game to claim the all-important prize purse.
Despite not making it into the final, our very own Brit riders Nate Kern and Rowan Coultas both held their own in the semi-finals to prove that they belong with the big boys.
It was a tough final for the girls as Aimee Fuller, Isabel Derungs and Anna Gasser all threw down some serious moves to try and claim first place. But it was Swiss rider Isabel that came out on top soaring to 1st place with her steezy backside rodeo giving her an unassailable score of 75.30.
The Austrian female wonder that is Anna Gasser left the media stunned last week, as she stomped a cab double underflip (more than once) making her the first female rider to have ever landed this kind of double cork off a park kicker.
So as you can guess, everyone was anxious to see what she would pull out of the bag to earn her place on the podium. But it was actually her stylish ‘slow-mo’ backside 180 that clinched her second place spot.
It was Britain’s very own powder girl, Aimee Fuller that made it into the final three just slipping in behind Anna to take 3rd place.
The men’s final saw some on the best riding we’ve seen as Sweden native, Sven Thorgren clawed his way to victory with a monster cab double 1080, followed by a backside 1080, and a killer double rodeo to finish it off. After two years of missing out on 1st place, I’m sure Sven will be stoked with his top podium position scoring a total of 91.00 points.
Unfortunately for David Hablützel, his run only scored him 87.80 which meant settling for second place with his backside 900, cab double 1080 and frontside 720.
Brage Richenburg just managed to steal 3rd place with a stylish frontside 1080, giving him a total of 79.80 points.
After a long and eventful day, with some well fought runs, the Dachstein Glacier was proud to be home to some of the best names in the snowboarding, even if it was just for a day.