|Die Riders - Phil Meier(SUI) Jeremy Joes (USA) Thomas Diet (FRA)
Stephan Gimpl (AUT) Sverre liliequist (SWE) Mitch Tolderer (AUT) Kaj
Zackrisson (SWE) Xavier de la Rue (FRA) Seb Michaud (FRA) Geraldine
Fasnacht (SUI) Alex Coudray (SUI) Cody Townsend (USA) Jonas Emery (SUI)
Joonas Kaarhuma (FIN) Jules Reymond (SUI) Loris Falquet (SUI) Cyril
Text und Bilder Marcel Krebs - English Traddition Lucien Krebs (C) Sportheute.ch
To be free, to enjoy liberty, to do
what you long for – thats what the riders of the Big Mountain Pro
do. an embodiment of show, art, acrobatics and courage. A top-class
sport which stands for a lifestyle. For the rider the ideal of being
at liberty to do whatever you like becomes reality in this sport.
Whoever decides to follow in their footsteps makes a big leap towards
the fullfilling of his dreams, his wishes, leaving his time as an
amateur behind and becoming one of these professional riders.
These freeriders are tough
professionals and earn their money as they compete, or performing in
films, showing their exceptional downhill race. Their downhill runs
have descents of 70 percent, going between enormous, 400 meter high
rocks. But exactly thats what they need to really enjoy riding, thats
what they need for their dearly beloved profession.
Even though, none of these riders will
ever take a risk they can't handle. For example, they won't ever take
an avalanche exposed downhill run, unlike a lot untrained skiers and
These riders must be some of our worlds
most gentle people. Always cheerful, larksome, well mannered,
clocklike, and, when it comes to the point, they got to bed at 8
o'clock the night before their race, to be as good prepared as
On the average, the riders are 300 days
a year on their skies, respectively their board. They do everything
for their sport, their profession. It is as if it was their very
soul, all of their existance.
Sportheute accompanied the nine skiers
and the nine snowboarders on the Big Mountain Pro 10 days. We laughed
together, eat together, spent a lot of time gabbing, and traveled
togehter acros the european alps. It was a fascinating and beautiful
experience. Althought the weather obviously had it in for us,
unforgettable impressions and photos are what remain. The performance
of these 17 male and (only) one female riders showed, that
snowboarding and skiing is more than you would ever surmise.
|Eröffnungsparty des Big Mountain Pro in Laax GR|
From the beginning, the weather was not
very promising. At the Big Mountain Pro's start in Laax, there was a
significant high danger of avalanches, because it had just snowed.
Therefore, after the kick-off party, the only option was to search
for a more secure place for the first race. Everyone, TV-teams,
photographers, organisators and the riders head out for the Wallis,
where the weather was a bit more auspicious.
In the Wallis, near Verbier, a jump was
built, where the 18 top riders could enjoy themselves. There they
really showed what's their passion, making one jump after another.
|Im Südtirol kann man bis im Mai Skifahren|
Unfortunately, the runs lower part was
mostly without snow. Nevertheless our 18 riders really enjoyed it. In
spite of the bad sight caused by the bad weather, you can tell in an
instant that their way of snowboarding or skiing is completly
diffrent from other riders.
bin glücklich diesen Wettbewerb gewonnen zu haben, aber genauso
glücklich in den 10 Tagen die Freundschaften mit meinen Profikollegen
neu gelebt zu haben und eine wunderschöne Zeit in den Bergen mit ihnen
verbracht zu haben. Für mich war es eine Ehre an den Big Mountain Pro
2007 eingeladen worden zu sein.
Xavier de le Rue - Freerider
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