Photos by Klaus Polzer
Three years ago Nico Zacek, Germany’s number one freeski pro innovated an original event concept for the freeskiing world. The idea was simple: Nico built an unique and distinctive jump obstacle, brought together the best athletes, photographers and film crews from all over the world and let them cut loose in an expression session that had no rival. From this winning formula Nine Knights was born and only three years later it has developed into one of the most anticipated freeski events in the world.
From April 18th to 23rd, 2011 the Nebelhorn in Oberstdorf, Germany will once again be the host location for the astonishing spectacle. For the 4th annual edition of the Suzuki Nine Knights Nico Zacek promises a mind-blowing setup built by the Schneestern Crew. The final design is a closely guarded secret, but fear not, as it will be challenging, unique and absolutely sensational.
Last year’s winner Markus Eder and other top riders such as Tom Wallisch, Russ Henshaw, Bobby Brown, Henrik Harlaut and others have already been confirmed, but there is still one wild card available…and this is where you come in.
If you are a talented freeskier, pro rider or amateur, and want to join the illustrious round of Knights, here’s your chance. The online video qualification, “Wanna be a Knight?” is now running until March 15th, 2011 and this is what you have to do: Edit a short video of yourself doing your interpretation of the tricks listed below and upload it to the Nine Knights YouTube channel. The trick list includes all the favorite tricks of the 2010 Knights:
1. Your best 540
2. Your best switch 540
3. Your best 720
4. Your best switch 720
5. Your best 900 (Could be a double flip but not necessarily)
6. Your best switch 900 (Could be a double flip but not necessarily)
7. Your best 1080 (Could be a double flip but not necessarily)
8. Your best switch 1080 (Could be a double flip but not necessarily)
9. Your most creative banger trick
Be creative, edit the tricks into a film clip, and get it online for your chance to receive an invitation to the Suzuki Nine Knights 2011.
An esteemed judging panel consisting of the Nine Queens such as Virginie Faivre, Sarah Burke, Grete Eliassen and Kaya Turski will decide the winner on March 31st, 2011.
Blake Nyman & Paddy Graham
Find more details about the “Wanna be a Knight?” video contest check out http://www.nineknights.com, and be sure to join the Night Knights Facebook fan page.
Nine Knights 2011 Teaser