Australia, Great Britain, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria. Nah guys, that’s not just a random list from a boring geography class, but the 8 countries of origin from the young shred pilgrims who entered the Zillertal to get to Mayrhofen last Saturday with one joint mission: Turning the freestyle-Mekka Penken Park into a premium slopestyle party. The youngest riders further proved that the new generation is well on track. Just look at 10-year-old Aussie Silje Kinkead for example. The young twin tip lady showed once more that freeskiing hardly knows any age limits.
That’s how Penken Battle 2019 was rolling. It was an absolute pleasure to watch the youngsters mastering the setup’s six 8-12m jumps and five jibs (start section: down rail or down tube; end section: rainbow rail, down rail or kink box).
Just by watching the prize giving, one could see that Penken Battle truly was an international contest. Every category brought winners from different countries.
The judges who watched the action from a knuckle of the pro jumps gave Norwegian Nicolay Nordahl the highest overall score in freeskiing. The rider started his line with a 270 onto the first rail, before spinning a switch (left side) 540 with safety grab. Now it was time for popping some corks. Switch (left side) 540 with double Japan grab and a (left side) Cork 7 Tail followed. On the last jib obstacle, Nicolay showed a steezy backslide. The Norwegian said later: “It felt so good to win. I was confident that I could win the contest after my runs. They felt good.” He seemed to be stoked about the vibes at Penken Park too: “The atmosphere at the park is always good. Everybody is so nice to each other.” Leon Ernhofer (GER) was runners-up and Noel Walser came in (AUT) third. The Best Trick Award also went to Scandinavia. Sami Lindsberg from Finland stomped a Cork 9 Blunt, earned €100 Cash and now has the chance to win a one-week surf trip at Free Spirit Hostel in Ecuador.
In the category Groms Men, Luis Resch (AUT) showed the best run. Right Side 270 at the first jib, right side 5 nose, switch right side 5 Japan, right side cork 7 safety and a final slide in the end section meant the top position for the young Austrian. Brian Scherl (AUT) finished second and Hunter Gray (NL) third.
International variety was also visible among the freeski girls. German talent Muriel Mohr sent a nice 720 over the first advanced jump, followed by a more than solid run. She consequently reached the well-deserved first place. Sarah Schönach (AUT) was second on the podium, while her young twin tip colleague from Down Under Silje Kinkead (AUS) finished third.
The prize giving meant the end of a wonderful day at the freestyle hotspot Penken Park. Neat weather, good vibes and motivated young guns made the Penken Battle 2019 unique. And the mighty snowpark once again proved, that it is a melting pot for international freestylers.