NIKITA CHICKITA USA & EUROPE 2009
Ladies and lasses, roll up, roll up!! Like a circus coming into town, Nikita will be getting the show on the road in 2009. Nikita Chickita’s reputation is ever-growing as the fun of the fair and we want to invite as many snowboarding chicks out there to join in and make this the most memorable time ever!
Dates have already been confirmed so there’s no excuse to miss out on the forthcoming extravaganza first-hand.
Nikita Chickita USA 21st February 2009, Mammoth Mountain Nikita Chickita EUROPE 18th April 2009, Serfaus, Austria
Nikita Chickita is an open-invite, slopestyle contest which gives every girl the chance to ride with other girls in a really relaxed atmosphere. Also up for grabs will be a healthy cash prize for the winners, a Nikita handmade silver ring, a one-year sponsorship contract with Nikita and the bonus accreditation that being the Nikita Chickita winner brings! Just ask Ana Rumiha and Alice Gong, European and USA winners respectively from 2008! Everyone gets to hang out, make new friends and party together Nikita style!
On top of that, Nikita are stoked to let you know that Lomography is on board to sponsor both the USA and European Nikita Chickita contests with their awesome cameras, we’re already jealous of the lucky winners!! * Guaranteed there will be some great pictures following the event and from the winners as they keep us updated on what they get up to.
Cooler and Onboard are part of the action as media partners for Europe and Venus Zine and TW Snow for the USA.
Check out nikitaclothing.com/nikitachickita for footage from last year’s Europe event plus all the latest news about the forthcoming 2009 Nikita Chickita events.
NIKITA CHICKITA EUROPE 5-6 April 2008
What a fantastic event! The Serfaus weather was kind, the girls were ready and the atmosphere was just buzzing. Earlier on in the day, during qualifications, the snow flurries set in reducing visibility but soon cleared up with bright sunny spells shining as the afternoon wore on and the finals took place.
All in all there were nineteen girls who took part on the women’s contest and three in the juniors. Eleven went through to the women’s finals and deciding judges Julia (Baumgartner) and Vinzenz Lüps were impressed with the standard of riding which had improved from even last year’s event. First, second and third places were clear whilst placing four to eight made for some difficult decisions.
Founder and Head Designer of Nikita Clothing Heida Birgisdottir was in Serfaus to witness the contest and give away prizes as well to do some shredding herself. When asked, she said that “it’s great to see how much the girls are progressing, not only in tricks, but also in style. I’m stoked that we at Nikita have been able to create an event where the girls get together and push each other without the often not so pleasant ‘contest pressure’ in the air. They are just hanging out and chatting between runs, the atmosphere is super friendly - and I think that’s exactly why they are pushing themselves to new levels here today. This is also what makes the Nikita Chickita, as an event, a pure success."
Here’s the WOMENS FINALS RESULTS
1. Ana Rumiha (Croatia) 2. Bohdana Šebestová (Czech Republic) 3. Maude Richon (Switzerland) 4. Anja Stefan (Croatia) 5. Elena Kenz (Switzerland) 6. Sandy Gecek (Austria) 7. Hanka Voyteckovska (Czech Republic) 8. Helen Wyss (Switzerland) 9. Agnieszka Rusin (Poland) 10. Cristina Tuberosa (Italy) 11. Sandra Graf (Switzerland)
…and the JUNIORS FINALS RESULTS
1. Katarzyna Rusin (Poland) 2. Sophie Gogl (Austria) 3. Viktoria Bayer (Austria)
Ana Rumiha competed last year and just missed out on a podium place in the women’s finals by finishing 4th, this year she was a clear winner with some really safe and stylish runs. She did three different runs in the finals, the last of which was awesome. It consisted of a backside 180, frontside 360 indy and she was the only girl who bonked the tree with a nice frontside 180, then frontside 360 on the wall. She won 1,000 Euros and the coveted one-year Nikita contract.
Next up Nikita’s Czech Republic team rider Bohdana Šebestová showed versatility, grabbing second place and 500 Euros with a backside 360 tailgrab, backside 180, was the only competitor to gap the kinked box to 50:50 and then pulled a rock revert on the wall. Closely behind followed Maude Richon in a much deserved third place and 250 Euros. The Swiss Nikita team rider started her best run with a nose grab, backside 360 melon, clinched an impressive move on the butterbox to nosepress on the picnic table before finishing with a rock revert on the wall.
The juniors pulled some pretty nifty moves too with fourteen year old winner Katarzyna Rusin from Poland getting first place with a frontside 180, super stylish backside air, 50:50 to boardslide on the kinked box and frontside 360 on the wall.
Sandra Graf, a competitor in the junior’s finals last year, now at just 17, was able to compete in the women’s competition. She made the final cut and is definitely worth a mention as the only girl to have tried and landed a backflip off the big kicker.
The day’s competitors along with Judge Julia and Vinzenz commented that the park was looking super good. The finals were blessed with some sun and all the girls were happy to ride. The riding was impressive and what really stood out was the quality of the Eastern Europe riders. This year all the girls did rotations in comparison to last year and all obstacles on the fine course were used, absolutely nothing was left out. All in attendance had the pleasure of MC Christian “Öfi" Ofner from Pleasure snowboard magazine keeping everyone in the know about the riders competing and humorous commentary in between!
The shapers, led by Mexx (head shaper) and Flori, made an excellent job of the course and also included a self made ice bar to serve drinks and BBQ food throughout the day. All were kept fed and watered to a high satisfaction! You can check out the park and some great pictures at 2high.at.
Nikita Chickita is a relaxed open slopestyle snowboard contest for girls only. Riders came from all over including Italy, Croatia, UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, USA and Canada.
Nikita would like to thank all the girls who came along and took part in the Nikita Chickita 2008. Also a big mention to this year’s sponsors Cooler, Onboard and Serfaus resort plus Skullcandy, Red Bull and Les Ettes for all the product they provided which went to winners and competitors. It was a fantastic day all round and we’re already looking forward to next years!