“Behold these brave Knights, bow before these revolutionaries!” - Anon.
Freeski legend Nico Zacek is the host of a unique event that brings the best freeskiers and the most innovative jump features together for one week of groundbreaking freeskiing at the fourth annual Suzuki Nine Knights, to be held at the Nebelhorn in Oberstdorf, Germany, from the 11th to the 16th of April, 2011.
Nico Zacek. Photo: Klaus Polzer
The action is centred around ‘The Castle’, an impressive multi-faceted jump structure that incorporates kickers and jib features seamlessly to test the limits of our Nine Knights' talent. Built by the world-leading and ever innovative Schneestern Crew, ‘The Castle’ is unique to the Suzuki Nine Knights, and each year has seen a development in construction as great as that shown by the sport of freeskiing itself. 2011 promises to be the best edition yet, because the host and initiator Nico Zacek has one main goal this year – to progress freeskiing.
Tobi Reindl. Photo: Christoph Schöch
The Suzuki Nine Knights are world-class athletes representing the cream of the crop of freeskiing today. Two time X Games gold medal winner Bobby Brown, Australia’s finest export Russ Henshaw and ‘Mr Style’ himself, Tom Wallisch, will all be participating in this peerless sport/media event. Here's the full list of athletes...
Complementing the Suzuki Nine Knights are special guests Eric Pollard and Chris Benchleter from Nimbus Independent, Legs of Steel members Tobi Reindl and Thomas Hlawitschka, Headbud’s Fabio Studer and Luggi Brucic, and last years big air contest
champion Markus Eder.
Luggi Brucic. Photo: Klaus Polzer
Also back for the fourth instalment of the Suzuki Nine Knights is the German town of Oberstdorf. A famed wintersport resort nestled in the southern Bavarian Alps, Oberstdorf will host the full program of events and activities that make up the 2011 edition of the Suzuki Nine Knights, including a Knights Banquet, a special photo judging contest in the local cinema, the afterparty at the one and only Hörbar, and even a dodgeball competition that is sure to get the competitive juices flowing!
The schedule is as follows...
Monday to Friday: Photo-shoots and competitions in various categories (without public)
Saturday: Contest day with public attendance.
Saturday Evening: Prize presentation and afterparty at Hörbar.
Wanna be a Knight? Online qualification still open...
Only one Knight is still to be confirmed, and that will be the the winner of the online qualification! Last year’s qualifier, Markus Eder, stepped up and took the title of big air champion! So if you think this sounds like you, and if you think you have what it takes to count yourself worthy of standing with the Suzuki Nine Knights and participating in this awesome freeski event, then submit your online qualification video by the 20th of March, 2011 through the link below.
For more information on Nine Knights, check out http://www.nineknights.com and be sure to join the Facebook fan page by clicking here.