Nine Knights, Nine Queens, Nine Royals and now just Nines. Every single one of them has been an insane spectacle and this year was no different. Audi Nines bestowed upon us the most insane course build of the year, in a year where the Olympic slope course looked difficult to beat, and went on to produce some of the most bonkers skiing to date,including a handful of 'firsts'. And for the first time, the event included both freestyle and ski/board cross, meaning there was even more going on for the public to enjoy.
On the freeski side of things, Jesper Tjader was yet again at the forefront of the action, sending an insane top to bottom at night as well as becoming the first skier to ride through a loop switch. Noah Albaladejo oozed his trademark steeze all over the course, taking home the best style award in the process. In truth, there were too many highlights to list so lets just say keep your eyes peeled over the coming months.
https://www.newschoolers.com/videos/watch/901254/First-ever-switch-loop-on-skis---Jesper-Tj-derThis past weekend saw the competition element of Nines go down and there were two familiar Swiss faces on top of the men's and women's podiums. Sarah Hoefflin took the win on the ladies side with a switch left dub 9 safety and a switch right double wobble 10 mute, followed by Jennie Lee Burmansson in second and Darian Stevens in third. Andi Ragettli took the crown on the men's side with a triple 16 double safety and a switch dub 14 safety and he was joined on the podium by Woodsy, with his trademark switch triple octo, and Ralph Welponer, with a triple 16 of his own.
Keep your eyes peeled from more action from the insane setup coming soon and in the meantime check out the highlights from comp day below.
1) Andri Ragettli
2) James Woods
3) Ralph Welponer
1) Sarah Hoefflin
2) Jennie Lee Burmansson
3) Darian Stevens