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Billabong presents: Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride Snowboards – Mayrhofen

All eyes  are on Mayrhofen now, where the third event of the popular Billabong presents: Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride Snowboards will staged on March 10th and 11th. Snowboard teams from all over Europe won´t miss out on another highlight at the Ästhetiker´s home of choice, the Penken Park Mayrhofen. Beside an open Slopestyle Contest, riders can look forward to the infamous Penken Fun Ride Battle on the Coaching Day.  Spots for contest, coaching and fun ride battle will be available at from February 24th on.

With the third out of four events, Austria´s most popular Snowboard Amateur Series will be getting serious in March. The highly coveted Välley Rälley crown is moving closer and riders will throw down their best tricks to win the Billabong Best Trick Award and grab for a spot on the day podium in Mayrhofen, earning valuable points for the Välley Rälley Overall Tour Ranking. In old Äshtetiker manner, all the lucky winners can will be rewarded with tons of medals, prize money and prizes. With the result from Mayrhofen, all riders will further get the chance to improve their position in the World Snowboard Ranking.

Beside the LIMBO RIDE, free Ride Snowboards demo/testing and freebie freestyle Coaching Sessions the infamous Penken Fun Ride Battle presented by Billabong will take place on the Fun Ride slope at the Penken Park on the Coaching Day. Everybody can join in and get pre-registered as for contest and coaching on

The overall winners 2018 will be crowned new Royal Zillertal Välley Rälley Family at the last stage in Hintertux. The tourstop in Mayrhofen will count as a N.ASA (New Austrian Snowboard Association) Austriacup. Even though the coaching is planned for Saturday and contest for Sunday, the Ästhetiker might swap the days due to weather conditions and communicate this just before the weekend.

Partners of the 3rd stage:, Mayrhofner Bergbahnen, Penken Park, Ferienregion Mayrhofen-Hippach, Ride Snowboards, Billabong, Red Bull, Greenroom Mayrhofen, Dana Beanies, Black Eye Lens, N.ASA

No place to stay, yet? You´d better hurry up and get it sorted on !

All info at – Registration and updates at

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Billabong presents: 5. Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride Snowboards

Photo Credit: Gustav Ohlsson

From December through April, the Ästhetiker will be lining up the Billabong presents: Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride Snowboards with four stops all across the Zillertal again. The Zillertal Välley Rälley has become the most popular snowboard amateur series in Austria and offers great site events for all snowboard fans. The first tour stop will be kicking off at Hochzillertal Kaltenbach just before Christmas.

Registration will be open on December 1st at

The Billabong presents: Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride Snowboards is four weekends filled with world-class snowboard fun for everyone. The program includes everything from free freestyle coaching for all age groups to an open snowboard slopestyle contest for all men, women and kids.
Along with that, Ride Snowboards will have their latest boards and bindings to demo for free and a fun Limbo/High-ollie session at all tourstops. The highly coveted Billabong Best Trick award will be up for grabs at all events and the winner can look forward to a complete Billabong Outerwear kit. The contest winners will be awarded with great applause, glory and the infamous Ästhetiker medals that will be given out by the president Steve Gruber himself. In all categories, the podium winers will take home prize money and tons of goodies.

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Every contest result will give valuable points in the overall Välley Rälley ranking. The overall tour winners will be crowned at the last tour stop up on Hintertux Glacier as the new Royal Zillertal Välley Rälley family 2018. On top of all this, riders will gather points in the World Snowboard Tour Ranking. Once again, the Välley Rälley will be a part of the N.ASA Austriacups. The third contest in Mayrhofen will also count as a tourstop for the Super Grom Tour Tyrol by the N.ASA.

The overall results from the first three events will qualify the best man, woman and rookies for the Austrian Masters. The rookies can look forward to reduced-price wildcards for the World Rookie Finals 2018. Together with the tourism association of, the participating mountain companies and local tourism associations and thanks to Ride Snowboards, Billabong, Red Bull, Dana Beanies and Greenroom Mayrhofen,  the Ästhetiker are pleased to announce the new schedule for 2017/2018!

1. Tourstop  16.-17.12.2017  Hochzillertal, Kaltenbach, Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal
2. Tourstop  20.-21.01.2018  Zillertal Arena
3. Tourstop  10.-11-03.2018  Mayrhofner Bergbahnen, Mayrhofen-Hippach im Zillertal
4. Tourstop  28.-29.04.2018 Hintertuxer Gletscher, Tux Finkenberg

All info, updates and registration from December 1st is on at

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14th Red Bull Open National Qualifier This Saturday 9th!

This Saturday, January 9th the 14th Red Bull Open at the Nanshan Mellow Park kicks off with the National Qualifier. This WST National Level qualifier event determines which 8 local riders will earn a spot in the following week’s International Level competition with a total of $55,000 up for grabs! Be there to check out riders giving their all in order to impress the judges and make it through. Rumour has it Nanshan Open super-fans Ian Thorley (USA) and Sam Hulbert (USA) will also be attempting to qualify for the main event this way!


See the event details below, including the confirmed International rider list for the big one, and check the website for more info including rider bios.

14th Red Bull Open National Qualifier (World Snowboard Tour National Level) 

Saturday, 9th of January 2016

Open Event. Each rider will have two runs; best single run counts. The top eight riders (with a minimum of four Chinese Nationals) will progress to the 14th Red Bull Open on the 16th and 17th of January.


1st = US$ 1,000 / WST points

2nd = US$ 600 / WST points

3rd = US$ 300 / WST points

4th-6th = US$ 100 / WST points


Speaker: Steve Zdarsky (AUT)

Judges: Huang Marco (PRC), Wang Lei (PRC), Mi Mark (PRC)

09:00 – 10:30 Sign up / Training

10:30 – 12:00 Qualification first run

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break and park maintenance

13:00 – 14:30 Warm up and Qualification second run

15:00 – 15:15 Prize giving ceremony


Slopestyle (choose your line)

14th Red Bull Open Rider List:

Kleveland Marcus (NOR) / 25.04.1999 / Red Bull, Nitro, Volcom

Beauchemin Eric (USA) /  14.01.1991 / US Snowboarding, Omatic, Glorify Eyewear

Weissenbacher Mathias (AUT) / 03.02.1992 / Head Snowboards, Absolutpark, Blue Tomato

Ryan Sean (USA) / 16.04.1990 / JBMC, Stonp

Tonteri Roope (FIN) / / Red Bull, Burton, Anon

Coultas Rowan (GB) / 21.06.1997 / Vans, Oakley, Bataleon

Truchon Antoine (CAN) / 30.12.1990 / Yonex, Absolut Park, Performance Boardshop

Inamura Tatsuki (JPN) / 26.02.1995 / Murasaki Sports, Salomon

Park Kwang Soo (KOR) / 28.05.19980 / JBMC, Aspect, Outdoortech

Fritjof Tischendorf (NOR) / 29.03.1997 / Quiksilver, Dragon, Dakine

Bergrem Torgeir (NOR) / 20.09.1991 / Nitro, Volcom, Electric

Billtoft Ludvig (SWE) / 13.10.1996 / Nitro, Volcom, Thirtytwo

Moody Brett (USA) / 28.07.1995 / US snowboarding, DC, Oakley

Normandin Zach (USA) / 13.11.1994 / Volcom, Union, Electric

Richenberg Brage (NOR) / 29.11.1992 / Volcom, Dragon, Rockstar

Kjoll Eilertsen Haakon (NOR) / 03.02.1997 / Burton, Anon, Analog

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Mons Roisland Takes First At the 13th Red Bull Nanshan Open

Mons Roisland took first place at the 13th Red Bull Nanshan Open today as the event was graced with great weather, great vibes and great riding! With the field of 16 narrowed down to six following the morning’s finals, it was the last run of the competition that saw Mons top the podium taking home a cool USD20,000.


Mons was excited not just to win, but on the whole competition experience, saying “It was so much fun just putting it down on the last run – this competition is insane, it’s just like a bunch of friends hanging out, we experienced so much Chinese culture by going to the Great Wall, Silk Market and a water park, it’s the coolest trip ever!” The Norwegian’s final victory lap run consisted of a Switch BS1260 melon, FS720 nose/tail double, FS180 on switch BS360 out on the up-flat, and a switch blunt 270 out on the down rail.

Eric Beauchemin and Rowan Coultas rounded out the remaining podium spots with second and third place. Eric showed great flow throughout the park, while Rowan was pumped on his third place, starting his run off with a perfect cab900 double cork – “I got 8th last year, and then to get third this year with a way better run, I am so stoked to be on the podium!”

He Wei was the highest ranked Chinese rider in 12th, earning the respect of both the crowd and local fans with a solid run throughout the park.

With the snowboard side of the trip over, the riders now get to enjoy one last Chinese-style after party at Tube Station Pizza before venturing off to their next adventure. Zaijian and Ganbei!

Final results of the 13th Red Bull Nanshan Open:
1. Mons Roisland (NOR)
2. Eric Beauchemin (USA)
3. Rowan Coultas (GBR)
4. Tim Humphreys (USA)
5. Ian Thorley (USA)
6. Michael Schaerer (SUI)
7. Kaito Hamada (JPN)
8. Brandon Davis (USA)
9. Sam Hulbert (USA)
10. Sean Ryan (USA)
11. Marcus Kleveland (NOR)
12. He Wei (CHN)
13. Asher Humphreys (USA)
14. Tuomas Pohjonen (FIN)
15. Gjermund Braaten (NOR)
16. Petr Horak (CSZ)
17. Matts Kulisek (CAN)
18. Jordan Philips (CAN)
19. Jeremy Thompson (USA)
20. Aleksi Partanen (FIN)
21. Aljosa Krivec (SLO)
22. Andrew Seed (UKR)
23. Jia Hao (CHN)
24. Nate Jones (USA)
25. Spencer Whiting (USA)
26. Seungyun Nam (KOR)
27. Andrew Wang (CHN)
28. Junkyu Choi (KOR)
29. Jia Xin (CHN)

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Red Bull Nanshan Open Returns for 13th Edition

The Red Bull Nanshan Open continues its hot streak as one of the most talked about contests on the tour as it enters its 13th year. With snowboarding hitting the spotlight recently at the Sochi Winter Olympics, the sport is rapidly expanding it’s already huge fan base in China and the Nanshan Open is where the majority of locals will be getting their taste for the sport in person – many for the first time!

There’s little wonder why many riders request to come back to this event – the Red Bull Nanshan Open provides a perfect blend of contest riding, cultural immersion and local hospitality, of course ‘mixed’ in with some serious party-time. For once it’s not about the triple corks and spin-to-wins, but for riders to embrace the local culture and represent snowboarding as a fun, accessible sport to the local spectators.

The local park and event crew put together one of Asia’s top slopestyle terrain parks, combining a perfectly shaped double kicker line with creative jib features, all located in the Nanshan Mellow Park just outside of Beijing. As a true ‘by-riders-for-riders’ event, the organizers are no desk-jockeys, seen testing the kickers themselves on training day and welcoming the visiting pros with large family-style dinners. It’s clear this team shares a strong passion, surrounding the event with a truly friendly and enjoyable atmosphere!

Preceding the main competition is the World Snowboarding Tour National Level event 13th Red Bull Nanshan Open National Qualifier on January 10th. As the largest event of the year in the region, the qualifier offers locals an opportunity to get World Snowboard Tour points on the board, and with the top riders progressing through to the International Level main event it also allows them to compete alongside international pros for even more points and prize money – an honor often met with both excitement and nervousness!

Schedule for the Red Bull Nanshan Open 2015
Saturday, January 10th 2015 – National Qualifier
Friday, January 16th 2015 – Open Training
Saturday, January 17th 2015 – Qualifying
Sunday, January 18th 2015 – Finals

A little history…
The Nanshan Open began over a decade ago when a small group of friends threw the first snowboard competition ever held on Chinese soil, featuring just a handful of riders and a case of beer as the top prize. As the contest evolved and grew the following years, it earned global recognition in 2007 as a 3Star stop on the World Snowboard Tour. The Nanshan Open has ‘leveled up’ since then to International Level status, and is now the largest slopestyle competition in Asia on the World Snowboard Tour.

The event has hosted a who’s-who of up-and-coming riders, including numerous Olympians, Transworld’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ Austin Smith, female superstars Hana Beaman and Leanne Pelosi, along with the Isenseven, Nitro RoadWarriors and Pirate Movie Productions film crews. Past winners of the event include Mathias Weissenbacher (2014), Jeremy Thompson (2013), Juuso Laivisto (2012 and 2010), Janne Korpi (2011) Freddy Austbo (2009), Jakob Wilhelmson (2008) and Hampus Mosesson (2007), with a ‘guest judge’ line-up equally impressive with Travis Parker, Michi Albin, Ingemar Backman and Scotty Wittlake.

2015 will be the Open’s ninth year with Red Bull as the title sponsor – this long-term partnership has allowed both organizer and sponsor alike to focus on improving the event and raise the bar year after year. The Red Bull Nanshan Open has undoubtedly put China on the snowboarding map, and anticipation is high for number 13!

What the riders say…
“The Nanshan Open in China was amazing. From the moment we arrived in Beijing we were taken care of so well. Amazing dinners every night, nice hotels and we got to do lots of touristy stuff… The comp was fun too, definitely one of my better snowboarding experiences” – Nick Brown, 2010

“It was for me the best competition of the season, really good time – whole week, good crowd, crazy parties.. and I won!” – Mathias Weissenbacher, 2014

“Absolute best time of my life! I hope I can come to this competition every year for the rest of my life…” – Ian Thorley, 2013, 2014

“Going to China was awesome. I broke my nose, split it open, jacked my ankle up, but I had a great time. It was a super rad experience.” – Hana Beaman, 2013

Rider List:
Aleksi Partanen (FIN) Ride, Billabong
Aljosa Krivec (SLO) Apo, Deeluxe, JBMC
Asher Humphreys (USA) Burton, Analog
Brandon Davis (USA) Neff, Rockstar, Giro
Charles Reid (CAN) Oakley, Monster, Fadedunderwear
Eric Beauchemin (CAN) Glorify, US snowboarding, Bataleon
Gjermund Braaten (NOR) Nitro, Oakley, Nike
Ian Thorley (USA) Neff, Signal, Beijing Tube Station
Jordan Phillips (CAN) Rome, Dye Snow, Vans
Kaito Hamada (JAP) Salomon, Bonfire, Murasaki Sports
Marcus Kleveland (NOR) RedBull, Nitro, Volcom
Matts Kulisek (CAN) K2, Axis, Billabong
Max Eberhardt (CAN) Yonex, Oneill
Michael Ciccarelli (CAN) Burton, Anon, Monster
Michael Schaerer (SUI) Nitro, Quiksilver, Backdoor
Mons Roisland (NOR) DC, Oakley, Sweet protection
Petr Horak (CSZ) DC, GoPro, Union
Rowan Coultas (GBR) Vans, Apo, Oakley
Sam Hulbert (USA) Smith, LibTech, Beijing Tube Station
Sean Ryan (USA) JBMC, Capitahl, Stonp
Seungyun Nam (KOR) Burton, Anon
Spencer Whiting (USA) Volcom, Giro, Ride
Taihwan An (KOR) Salomon, Lazybee, Smith
Tim Humphreys (USA) Flow, Neff, GoPro
Tuomas Pohjonen (FIN) Nitro, Volcom, Blue Tomato

photo credit: Tobias “Ludschi” Ludescher

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