Elias Elhardt has hit us up to talk about winning the Crossover Contest at Freestyle.Berlin, the German leg of the prestigious Freestyle.ch comp.
Elhardt, who is German himself, took the prize after wowing the crowd with a stylish backflip and an impressive backside 1080 double-cork. This put him in first place ahead of the skateboarders, free-skiers and freestyle motorcross riders who were also gunning for the title.
Here’s Elias telling it how it is: “At the moment I’m sitting in the Hotel lobby in Berlin and I’m pretty tired and hangover from two awesome parties. Yes, this weekend has been super good and thinking back to all the impressions and happenings at the Freestyle.Berlin just puts a smile on my face. To ride a contest in my homeland Germany was pretty special for me and I liked the fact that snowboarding was brought to people who would normally never see it.
On Saturday was the qualification day for me. In the training everything went perfect and I landed all my tricks. I felt good on the board and was pretty confident for the contest. When the contest was finally on, I wasn’t able to handle the mind game and couldn’t put my tricks down. In don’t really know why, but I somehow lost my concentration on what I was doing…Anyways, after that missed qualification I thought that it might just not be my day, so I started looking forward to the pirates Premiere that night. For a moment I really forgot that there was still some more riding to come. The Crossover session. The Contest, where riders from all four disciplines (snowboarding, skateboarding, freeskiing and FMX) compete to become the overall winner and take it home for their sport. The crowd decides.
Without any expectations it went well for me and I ended up in the super Finals. As the crowed was in charge of deciding who would go through I just went for a simple backflip, which was so much fun doing, and it worked out. In the Super finals I did the bs 1080 double cork. I was pretty happy about it and the crowd seemed to be stoked too, because they somehow cheered loud enough to make me the “Crossover Champ”. I was also really surprised to get the award for the “most stylish trick” of the event for that backflip. I honestly really don’t know why, as there was like hundreds of more stylish tricks going down that Weekend. They probably just had a prize left and I was next to the stage at the prize giving ;-).
Anyways, I was stoked to win a pretty open flight ticket from Air Berlin for two. From that Moment on, it was just party time full on. That night I slept something like two hours and on the next day we had an amazing party again. All the riders where really stoked on the whole event and partied like there was no tomorrow. Now I’m going to stay for some more days in Berlin to check out the city…I’m looking forward to that, as I think it’s such a interesting city with all it’s history, art and night life…”
Check out these videos of Elias’ winning tricks. Personally, I don’t know what he’s on about, this backflip is über-stylish…