The Aesthetiker Jam - Waengl Taengl 2008 is over and has a new winner. Andreas Gidlund from Sweden challenged the bad weather and the other 23 finalists putting down two impressive runs. He now is not only 2000 Dollars richer, but also owns a brand new Suzuki Motocross bike.
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Even though the conditions made the riding really hard, all the riders impressed with 7s, 9s and 1080 rotations during the whole day. Besides the actual scores, judges gave away bonus awards for special tricks. Stefan Gimpl did a 1080 degree rotation, followed by a Bs 5 and a Cab 9 assuring him Most Impressive Line. Tyler Chorlton from Andorra once again went for his insane Double Frontflip on the Vans Kicker, which was voted Best Trick of the day.
No Waengl Taengl without one of the Aesthetikers on the podium. After Steve Gruber did a good job last year, it was Wolle Nyvelt’s turn to honor the locals this year. Just like yesterday, he was the only rider to attack the Cradle in the Red Bull Endsection. But also his run on the Alternative Line and the Kicker Line included some serious tricks. Fs 5, Sw Bs 5 and Bs 7 Chicken Wing assured rank three for Wolle. Just like yesterday, only very few riders were able to deliver a better performance on the Alternative Line than the rest, making the Kicker Line even more important. Elias Elhardt, GER, went for a technical Bs 9 – Cab 9 Combo on the lower kicker and did an extremely stylish Fs 3 Stale on the first kicker. In the end it was Andreas Gidlund who rode better than everyone else. He threw down a brilliant Alternative Line including the most technical trick of the week on the Carharrt Down Rail, which was voted Railtrick of the day, giving him a brand new Carharrt BMX bike. However his Kicker Line was even better. Fs 10, Bs 9 and Sw Bs 7 in addition to his Alternative Line made sure he is not only going home with a BMX, but also with a brand new Suzuki RMZ 250 Motocross bike.
Good news for Rudi Kroell too. His good ranking today in this 5 Star Swatch TTR World Tour Contest put him in the top 25 on the World Ranking.
With that, Waengl Taengl 2008 is over. Even though struggling with the weather, the whole week was a great success. Hardly any riders got hurt, great snowboarding and as every year, riders, visitors and everybody else was stoked on the contest and had great fun during the whole week. After being held the sixth time, the Waengl Taengl still is a lot more than a regular snowboard contest. For the first time the whole event was expanded over a whole week. Apart from the snowboard contest there were side events every day, just like the Vans Photo Award, won by Stuart William. The skate contest was an outstanding highlight of the week. International skaters rode one of the best miniramps in Europe. The Crowd pushed the riders more and more and they thanked them by giving back one of the best miniramp contest in Austria ever. Especially the Austrian Roman Astleitner und Andy Scott from the UK pushed it till the very end and deserved to win the contest. The skate contest is no longer a side event, but a great contest on its own. It was a full week of fun, meeting friends and great action on the mountain as well as in the miniramp. Hopefully all the effort put in the event is going to be honored with good weather next year, giving all the riders the chance to really show all tricks they want.