Jossi Wells wins the Austrian Freeski Open 2010!

It was the big show everyone had expected! Thanks to impressive performances of some of the world’s best riders and a perfectly prepared Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park, the Austrian Freeski Open 2010 has hit the top of the list of international freeski events.

Jossi Mid Dub cork 12

After a long hard day at the snow park, Jossi Wells from New Zealand took victory with a flawless run in the finals. Due to bad visibility, the qualifications scheduled for Friday had to be postponed to Saturday. That’s why the 80 participants of the qualification round and the 15 seeded riders had a long day ahead of them. In the morning, blue bird and sunshine but also sometimes strong winds welcomed them at the Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park near Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. For safety reasons, the organizers decided to cut down the course to the kinked box/down rail and the first big kicker. The field of participants included international top riders from 14 nations who instantly ignited a fireworks of tricks – especially “Kiwi” Jossi Wells: the 19-year-old started his run with a rodeo 450 onto the Kinked Box followed by a super solid and stylish double cork 1260 mute. With this inspiring performance, the New Zealander who had won the Superpipe Dew Cup earlier this year took victory in the finals. “I’m super stoked about this first place”, the Atomic rider stated. “The rail was fun and the kicker was really dope!“

Rodeo to Box - don't mind if I do!

Russ Henshaw who took second also enjoyed the day at the Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park: “I had a lot of fun, and the key to my success is fun!” The 19-year-old Australian stuck a 270 on switch up 360 at the kinked box and a double cork 1080 mute at the kicker. Canadian JF Houle seized the last place on the podium. The 24-year-old put down a 450 on/270 off and a massive bio 1080 true tail.

There was no shortage of style at the event

But also the other participants who didn’t make it onto the podium showed incredible tricks, like Peka Hyysalo from Finland with his double cork 1260. The new Austrian champion Tommy Hupfauf nailed a double cork, too. The 22-year-old from Innsbruck was the only Austrian who made it to the finals at the Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park. With a strong 10th place and the title of the “Austrian Champion 2010“ he walked home happily. Martin “McFly“ Winkler, the organizer of the Austrian Freeski Open, was also happy: “The move to the OneBigPark SalzburgerLand region with the slopestyle at the Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park was a huge success which is confirmed by the positive feedback of the international riders. I’m already looking forward to next year when we’ll hold another exciting event here!”

Jossi on his umpteenth podium

Already on Thursday, the first winners of the Austrian Freeski Open 2010 had been crowned at the ladies’ and the rookies’ contests. Anna Segal (AUS) won the ladies’ competition in front of Eva Patscheider (AUT) and Arianna Tricomi (ITA). The rookies also showed impressive moves with Antti Ollila (FIN) taking victory and a one-year sponsoring by Atomic. Second place went to Jonas Hunziker (SUI). Antti-Jussi Heikkinnen (FIN) took third.

Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria

MEN’S CONTEST (Saturday, 27th of February 2010)
1) Jossi Wells (NZL)
2) Russ Henshaw (AUS)
3) JF Houle (CAN)
4) Pekka Hyssalo (FIN)
5) Henrik Harlaut (SWE)
6) Nicolas Vuiginier (SUI)
7) Gaute Silseth (NOR)
8) Elias Ambuehl (SUI)
9) Oscar Scherlin (SWE)
10) Tommy Hupfauf (AUT)

LADIES CONTEST (Thursday, 25th of February 2010)
1. Anna Segal (AUS)
2. Eva-Maria Patscheider (AUT)
3. Arianna Tricomi (ITA)
4. Lena Stoffel (GER)
5. Silvia Bertagna (ITA)
6. Caja Schöpf (GER)
7. Katrien Aerts (BEL)
8. Aida Aleix (AND)
9. Marina Happach (GER)
10. Christina Ragettli (SUI)

ROOKIES CONTEST (Thursday, 25th of February 2010)
1. Antti Ollila (FIN)
2. Jonas Hunziker (SUI)
3. Antti-Jussi Heikkinen (FIN)
4. Matti Till (SUI)
5. Otso Räisänen (FIN)
6. Markus Androch (AUT)
7. Julius Gerhart (AUT)
8. Mees Van Lierop (NED)
9. Thomas Trifonitchev (GER)
10. Luca Exenberger (AUT)

All images: Christoph Schoech
For more info see The Austrian Freeski Open website


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