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SWATCH PRIME LINE MOUNTAINBIKE SLOPESTYLE

What a contest in Munich! The wind tested the patience of the spectators and Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) rewarded them by testing the laws of physics once again! The world’s best slopestyle athletes competed in Munich at Swatch Prime Line at MASH today in front of 20,000 spectators in the Olympic Park. In the historic setting it was a nonetheless historic day for the 20-year-old American, who won his first ever FMB Diamond Series Event at Swatch Prime Line.
Rogatkin soared through the air off the last kicker after already knowing that his win was sealed, and showed his “Twister”, before celebrating his success with the ecstatic crowd – even though he could not land the trick. An impressive Max Fredriksson (SWE) and Logan Peat (CAN), who battled back pains since Friday, completed the podium. With his win in Munich this weekend, Rogatkin extends his lead in the FMB Diamond Series. Even more so, due to the fact that last year’s one-two Brett Rheeder (CAN) and Thomas Genon (BEL) each had an unlucky contest. The Swatch Fan Award went to Nico Scholze (GER), for making the crowd get the loudest during his run.

FORMAT SWATCH PRIME LINE

Overlooking the Olympic Stadium from the launch tower, the athletes have to master drops, a step-up box, step-downs, doubles and berms as they perform 360s, backflips, frontflips, whips and many more gravity-defying tricks on their way to the finish line close to the shore of the Olympic Lake. An expert jury assesses the individual runs according to level of difficulty, execution of tricks, height of jumps, flow of the run and overall performance.

 

QUALIFYING Friday, July 1/04.30 – 06.30 pm
Location Coubertin Square
Athletes 23
Format Every rider has two runs
Starting sequence According to current position in FMB World Ranking (best rider goes last)
Judging The better run of each rider counts; the fiftheen best athletes move on to the final
 
FINAL Saturday, July 2/04.30 – 06.30 pm
Location Coubertin Square
Athletes 15
Format Every rider has two runs
Starting sequence 1. Run: Reverse order of qualifying (best rider goes last)
2. Run: Reverse order of the first run (best rider goes last)
Judging The better run of each rider counts; the rider with the best run wins the contest

Subject to change!

GOOD TO KNOW
Run: From the launch tower the athlete rides down the track and performs tricks over numerous obstacles.

FMB Diamond Series: Together with the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL), Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle (FRA) and Crankworx Whistler Slopestyle (CAN), the 2016 SWATCH PRIME LINE is one of the four Diamond Series events. That’s what makes it one of the most important races on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. This season, the final FMB Diamond Series ranking will be made up of five events: all four Diamond stops and the best result from a Gold event which has taken place before the last Diamond stop.

ATHLETEN

Sam  Pilgrim Sam Pilgrim / Great Britain (Swatch Proteam)
Third time lucky! After finishing second at SWATCH PRIME LINE 2014 and fifth last year, the 25-year-old Brit will be hoping to rock the course and top the podium in the Olympic Park this time round. He finished fifth at the first Diamond Series event of 2016, the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in New Zealand. SWATCH PRIME LINE is the third stop on the tour, so Pilgrim still has time to perfect his tricks before Munich.

Drew Bezanson Drew Bezanson / Canada (Wildcard)
With his sick style and impressive range of tricks, the 27 year-old from Canada Mit quickly made a name for himself … in the sport of BMX. This was rewarded with a huge medal haul at the X Games 2013 and 2014. Now he has followed in the footsteps of BMX legend Ryan Nyquist by trading – at least for some of the year – his small BMX for a full-size mountain bike. A sportsman with pedigree and one to look out for.

Antoine Bizet Antoine Bizet / France
In 2014 the 23 year-old Frenchman impressed many in the scene with a series of top-ten finishes, including first place at White Style (AUT), second place at the FISE World Andorra (AND) and seventh place at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle (FRA). Last year was similarly successful, with highlights including victory at 26TRIX in Austria.

Diego Caverzasi Diego Caverzasi / Italy (Wildcard)
Diego Caverzasi booked his ticket to SWATCH PRIME LINE with a surprise third-place finish at the Swatch Rocket Air Slopestyle 2016 behind Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) and Sweden’s Max Fredriksson, though the Italian already showed good form last season at a number of Gold and Silver Events on the FMB World Tour. Victory at 26TRIX (AUT) 2016 underlined his huge talent and represented an international breakthrough for the wildcard starter.

Max Fredriksson Max Fredriksson / Sweden
Max Fredriksson is in a good place right now. Seventh spot at Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL) and FISE World Montpellier, fourth at White Style (AUT) and second at Swatch Rocket Air (SUI) represent a blazing start to the season for the 20-year-old Swede. Fredriksson is currently third in the FMB World Tour Diamond Series and 13th in the FMB World Ranking.

Mehdi Gani Mehdi Gani / France
At the age of 27, Mehdi Gani is very much part of the mountainbike sport “establishment”. But don’t let yourself be fooled – the Frenchman is still one of the scene’s big hitters. In 2015 he finished 11th at Crankworx Les2Alps Slopestyle (FRA) and Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler (CAN) as well as 2nd at the FISE World Montpellier (FRA). He has also started this season strongly with 3th place at 26TRIX (AUT), 12th at the FISE World Montpellier (FRA) and 7th at Swatch Rocket Air (SUI).

Thomas Genon Thomas Genon / Belgium
An absolute trick machine on two wheels, the Belgian came second at SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH and won the Diamond Series 2015 – little wonder, then, that he is one of the favourites heading into the event at the Olympic Park. Last year Genon tried everything at SWATCH PRIME LINE to top Brett Reeder’s score of 94.5 points, but his extremely technical run brought him “only” 89.0 points and second place. This time he will be out for revenge! The 22-year-old finished fourth at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL) 2016, at FISE World Montpellier he won the mountain bike slopestyle competition.

Paul Genovese Paul Genovese / Canada
Yet another strong Canadian rider at SWATCH PRIME LINE 2016 will be Paul Genovese. The 22 year-old, whose favourite trick is the Superman Seat Grab, currently occupies 9th place in the FMB World Rankings. Among his strongest results in 2015 were 11th at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL), 12th at Crankworx Les2Alps Slopestyle (FRA) and 6th at SWATCH PRIME LINE.

Szymon Godziek Szymon Godziek / Poland
In 2014 the 24-year-old Szymon Godziek from Poland caused a sensation by becoming the first to land a Tsunami Flip in competition at the Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg. Currently in 11th place in the FMB Diamond Series 2016, Godziek has made a strong start to this season with two first places at White Style (AUT) and Lublin Sportive (POL) as well as 5th place at the FISE World Montpellier (FRA) and 13th at Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL).

Yannick Granieri Yannick Granieri / France
Frenchman Yannick Granieri is one of the most experienced riders on the start line at MASH 2016. He currently lies in 6th place in the FMB Diamond Series and in 8th place in the FMB World Tour Ranking. Some of his best recent results include 3rd place at the FISE World Montpellier and 11th place at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in New Zealand.

Peter Henke Peter Henke / Germany (Wildcard)
It was at the tender age of nine that Peter Henke discovered his passion for dirt jumps, freeriding and slopestyle. He celebrated his breakthrough as a pro with in 2013 with 10th place overall on the FMB World Tour – still the best result ever achieved by a German rider. “Pete” will be keen to impress at SWATCH PRIME LINE 2016 in front of his home crowd as he looks to take the challenge to the big names on the start line.

Emil Johansson Emil Johansson / Sweden (Wildcard)
Johansson is without a doubt one of the biggest up-and-coming stars on the scene. At the tender age of just 16 the Swedish ripper is capable of laying down fast, technical runs with plenty of sick tricks, as he showed at 26TRIX 2016 in Leogang. While some of the podium contenders decided to play it safe during qualifying, Johansson pulled out everything he had and managed to make it into the top five just ahead of Thomas Genon. His courage was rewarded when the final round was cancelled due to poor weather, meaning the results from qualifying were used as the overall results of the contest. This fine performance earned him one of the FMB Wildcards for the Diamond Event SWATCH PRIME LINE at MASH.

Lukas Knopf Lukas Knopf / Germany
Alongside Peter Henke and Amir Kabbani, Lukas Knopf is one of the best mountainbikers in Germany at the moment. The 19 year-old has really stepped up in recent years, with this progress reflected in strong results such as ninth place at the FISE World Montpellier (FRA), 15th at Swatch Rocket Air (SUI), and 5th place at White Style (AUT). Receiving a wildcard for the event in Munich represents a huge chance for the young German, and he will be looking to underline his strong recent form as he goes up against the world’s best.

Tomas Lemoine Tomas Lemoine / France
SWATCH PRIME LINE 2014 in Munich’s Olympic Park was a milestone for the Frenchman, today 19 years old. His extremely technical tricks and outstanding bike handling skills saw him land in third place. Last year he was unable to repeat his breakthrough performance of 2014, but elsewhere he recorded strong results. This season started with eighth place at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL) 2016. Definitely one to look out for in Munich!

Anthony Messere Anthony Messere / Canada
Considered a wunderkind of the mountainbike scene just a few years ago, Anthony Messere is now 20 years old and has more than lived up to the hype. In 2014 he finished third overall in the Diamond Series. Last year was also a strong year for the Canadian. All eyes will be on him at MASH 2016, after he started the season well with 11th place at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL).

Logan Peat Logan Peat / Canada
The Canadian ripper has proved his versatility in many sick videos, but it is his 360s which have made him famous. Currently lying in tenth place in the FMB World Ranking, Peat can spin his signature trick both ways with huge style. The 26 year-old has also recorded some impressive contest results, including fourth place at Crankworx Les2Alpes (FRA) as well as fifth place at both Red Bull Joyride (CAN) and Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL). He finished eighth at SWATCH PRIME LINE 2015.

Louis Reboul Louis Reboul / France
Louis Reboul was without a doubt the shooting star of SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH 2014. Even in qualifying the now 22-year-old Frenchman showed that he had what it takes to win. He was the first rider to hit the loop-the-loop feature and included this tricky obstacle in his winning run, gaining him valuable points from the judges. Reboul has been in good form this season with a 10th place at the FISE World Montpellier and a 14th place at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL).

Brett Rheeder Brett Rheeder / Canada
Last year Brett Rheeder was simply on fire, claiming no fewer than three first places at the Diamond Series and winning SWATCH PRIME LINE at the Olympic Park in front of 40,000 fans. In 2015 the 23-year-old Canadian also won the Best Trick of the Day award with a jaw-dropping Backflip Tailwhip on the big stepdown. Rheeder currently lies in second place in the FMB World Ranking and started the Diamond Series with a third place at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in New Zealand.

Nicholi Rogatkin Nicholi Rogatkin / USA
After wowing the international BMX scene, the 20-year-old American has now set his sights on doing exactly the same in the mountainbike world. In 2015 he recorded a number of impressive results, including second place at 26TRIX (AUT/ FMB Gold Series), second place at the Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler (CAN/FMB Diamond Series), second place at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestlye (NZL/FMB Diamond Series) and, of course, third place at SWATCH PRIME LINE. As the current overall leader of the Diamond Series and Winner of Swatch Rocket Air 2016, Rogatkin will be one of the favourites in Munich.

Nico Scholze Nico Scholze / Germany (Wildcard)
With his favourite trick, a Tsunami Backflip, at 26TRIX in Leogang the 21 year-old not only grabbed the Best Trick Award but also secured an FMB Wildcard for the Diamond Event SWATCH PRIME LINE at MASH. Scholze finished a strong 8th overall at 26TRIX and also claimed a series of top ten finishes in 2015 at a range of dirt contests as well as 5th at White Style (AUT) and 10th at Dirt Masters Slopestyle (GER), two FMB Silver Events.

Torquato Testa Torquato Testa / Italy
In 2014 Torquato Testa was one of the newcomers on the mountainbike scene but quickly made a name for himself with a third place at Hall of Dirt in Stuttgart. Further successes soon followed. In 2015 the 22 year-old came second at the Maxxis Slopestyle (USA) and Macedonia X-Treme (MKD). He currently lies in ninth place in the FMB Diamond Series and will be looking to put down another marker on his way to the top.

Anton Thelander Anton Thelander / Sweden (Wildcard)
At last year’s MASH the friendly Swede stepped in at the last minute as a replacement for Martin Söderström. The 21 year-old gave absolutely everything and ended up with a strong 10th place finish at SWATCH PRIME LINE. This year Thelander has already achieved several top-ten finishes, most recently 8th at Swatch Rocket Air (SUI) and White Style (AUT) as well as 9th at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL).

Tomáš Zejda Tomáš Zejda / Czech Republic
In 2014 Tomáš Zejda finished 6th, in 2015 he came 4th … and in 2016? The 25-year-old Czech rider will be looking to finish on the podium this time around at SWATCH PRIME LINE after picking up his best ever result in a Diamond Series event last year at MASH. Other strong results include 7th at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL), 9th at Red Bull Joyride in Canada and 6th overall on the FMB World Tour.

MASH 2016 SWATCH PRIME LINE Final Full Event HD Livestream

Swatch Prime Line Best of 2016

Swatch Prime Line 2016 - 1st place run Nicholi Rogatkin

Swatch Prime Line 2016 - 2nd place run Max Fredriksson

Swatch Prime Line 2016 - 3rd place run Logan Peat

Swatch Prime Line 2016 - GoPro Course Preview

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STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING

 

Street League Skateboarding (SLS) descended upon Munich this weekend with the world’s most accomplished skateboarders for the 2016 SLS Nike SB World Tour televised live on FS1. The stakes were high as always, with each Pro competing for ongoing Championship Points that accumulate for potential inclusion in the biggest annual competition in street skateboarding: the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, this year taking place in Los Angeles, CA. Starting the season with a strong victory was Nike SB Pro Paul Rodriguez, earning his first SLS victory since 2013, his fifteenth 9 Club trick, $80,000 and the prized Golden Ticket to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. Second and third places deservedly went to Luan Oliveira and Nyjah Huston, each both favorites to make the Championship.

 

FORMAT STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING

Street Skating at its best! After 2013 the Olympic Ice Stadium welcomes the world’s best street skateboarders for the second time. The Street League Skateboarding (SLS) will be in Munich for the first stop of the 2016 SLS Nike SB World Tour. Competing in an easy-to-follow, ISX™ instant scoring format on a unique concrete skate park. The SLS course in Munich will be a custom, one-of-a-kind course built by CA Skateparks. All SLS courses are built in a way that facilitates different types of skateboarding by getting the SLS Pros out of their comfort zones. The goal with creating different courses for each stop of the Tour is to push the progression and innovation of skateboarding while the fans watch it go down live. Time and again these street courses have helped to create the buzz-beater moments so often seen on the SLS Nike SB World Tour where the win literally comes down to the last trick. We expect nothing different in Munich on July 2nd.

 

PRELIM Saturday, July 2/ 01.15 -04.30 pm
Location Olympic Ice Stadium
Athletes 29
Heats 5 Heats of 5-6 skaters
Format Section 1: run – Two 45-second runs per skater
Section 2: best trick – Five trick attempts per skater
Scoring Top 4 scores count per skater (out of 7 scores)
Top 8 skaters overall advance to Final
   
FINAL Saturday, July 2/ 07.15-09.30 pm
Location Olympic Ice Stadium
Athletes 8
Heats 1 Heat of 8 skaters
Format Section 1: run – Two 45-second runs per skater
Section 2: best trick  – Five trick attempts per skater
Scoring Top 4 scores count per skater (out of 7 scores)
Skater with the best total score is winner of the tour stop

Subject to change!

GOOD TO KNOW
Scoring: 5 Judges utilize instant scoring. All runs/trick attempts are scored on a 10 point scale. The highest and lowest scores are discarded and the average of the remaining 3 scores are used. The best 4 scores per skater and round across both Sections count and are added up. Top score per round is 40 points. Scores do not carryover from the Prelim Heats to the Final.

ATHLETEN

Matt Berger Matt Berger
Dob: 10/10/1993
Hometown: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
What Matt Berger does on a skateboard speaks volumes, and he´s got a track record to prove it. Winning contests left and right as an Am, Berger competed in the first ever SLS Monster Energy Pro Open in 2014 and made League history as the first Am to qualify onto the roster. In his Rookie year, he made it to the Finals at every contest, joined the 9 club, and was the first Rookie to ever qualify into the Championship where he ended up in 5th place above League vets. Berger turned Pro on FLIP in 2015 and took home two #DIAMONDBESTTRICK wins and had two top ten finishes.
SPONSORS: Flip Skateboards, Monster Energy, Etnies, Bones Wheels, Bones Bearings, Mob Grip, Thunder Trucks, Diamond Supply Co.

Trevor Colden Trevor Colden
Dob: 3/14/1994
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Trevor Colden is leading the next generation of skateboarding. When he was 17, he won the Tampa Am in 2011. Three years later, he’s riding for Skate Mental and Nike SB, and has made the elite roster in SLS. Qualifying thru the first-ever Monster Energy Pro Open in 2014, this style master shuffled up the rankings, landing in 10th overall in his Rookie Season. Trevor took his highest placement as an SLS Pro in 2015 getting 4th at Tampa Pro and landed himself in ranked 13th overall. As one of the youngest in SLS, Trevor has a long career ahead of him.
SPONSORS: Nike SB, Skate Mental Skateboards, Mountain Dew, Skullcandy, Spitfire, Thunder Trucks, Mob Grip, Active Ride Shop

Chris Cole Chris Cole
Dob: 3/10/1982
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA, USA
2013 SLS Super Crown World Champion, Chris Cole, was one of the first pros to sign on with SLS back in 2010. He has been a force of nature ever since, making 77% of all SLS Finals and qualifying into 5 of 6 Championship contests as an SLS Pro. Cole is consistent to say the least, making eleven Top 3 finishes in SLS, the second highest in the League. He is also no stranger to the 9-Club, earning that status 14 times over the last 6 years. Cole won his first SLS stop in Munich, Germany in 2013 which catapulted him to join the elite short list of World Champions that same year. Cole’s personality, style, deep bag of tricks, and dedication to pushing skateboarding forward make him a fan and pro favorite alike.
SPONSORS: Plan B Skateboards, DC Shoes and Apparel, Monster Energy, GoPro, Electric Eyewear and Watches, Thunder Trucks, Spitfire Wheels, Bones Bearings, Grizzly Grip, Diamond Hardware, Stance Socks, Kershaw Knives, Reign Skate Shop, Cult BMX

Felipe Gustavo Felipe Gustavo
Dob: 2/22/1991
Hometown: Brasilia, Brazil
Brazilian fan favorite Felipe Gustavo qualified into SLS from 2015 Tampa Pro, after several years of trying to make it into SLS. In 2014, he skated as an alternate in SLS for an injured David Gonzalez and was the first to earn a 9 Club that year. In his official Rookie year in 2015, his tech skills shook up the rankings and it was no surprise he took a win at a #DIAMONDBESTTRICK contest in Barcelona. Expect big things from Felipe in the coming years in SLS.
SPONSORS: Plan B Skateboards, DC Shoes, Red Bull, Venture Trucks, Grizzly Grip, Bones Wheels, Diamond Supply Co., Footprint Insoles, Nixon, FKD Bearings, FAM Distribution

Kelvin Hoefler Kelvin Hoefler
Dob: 2/19/1994
Hometown: Guaruja – SP, Brazil
Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler qualified into SLS thru the 21st annual Tampa Pro. in 2015. Kelvin shook up the standings immediately this season becoming the first SLS Rookie ever to compete in every Final of the World Tour, scoring enough points to qualify him into the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. He made SLS history taking the $200,000 prize and the covered title of SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion his Rookie season. At 21 years of age, we expect to see a lot more out of this Brazilian super star.
SPONSORS: Rockstar Energy, G-Shock, Mob Grip, Ricta Wheels, Qix Shoes, Everlong, Foot Print Insoles, Thunder Trucks, Diamond Supply Co.

Nyjah Huston Nyjah Huston
Dob: 11/30/1994
Hometown: Davis, CA, USA
Nyjah Huston is the most victorious SLS Pro, with his first Championship in 2010. In 2012, he won all but one stop and took home another Super Crown World Championship. In 2013, he won 4 of 7 stops on Tour and placed 2nd at Super Crown. In 2014, he became the first SLS Pro to sweep the entire season. In 2015, Nyjah placed 1st at Pro Open in Barcelona, and made every Final thereafter, ultimately placing 2nd overall. To date, Huston has made it to a total of 26 SLS Finals and holds the award for the most Top 3 finishes to date. He also holds the record for the most 9 Club appearances and is currently tied with Shane O’Neill for the highest scored trick ever in SLS history (9.9).
SPONSORS: Nike SB, Monster Energy, Element Skateboards, Diamond Supply Co., Ricta Wheels, Mob Grip, Stance Socks, Adapt Technology, Liquipel

Sean Malto Sean Malto
Dob: 9/9/1989
Hometown: Leavenworth, KS, USA
Fan-favorite Sean Malto took top honors in SLS in 2011, winning the SLS Super Crown World Championship in his 2nd year in the League. Riding for Nike SB and GIRL, this Kansas City native is always one to beat. Sean has skated his way into 4 of 6 Championship’s, and if an injury hadn’t taken him out for 2014 and much of 2015, he is the type of skater to bet on going all the way every year he competes, espcially since he has made it into 14 Finals since 2010. He is part of the elite group to earn 9 Club status and can be categorized as one of the most consistent skaters out there.
SPONSORS: Rockstar Energy, G-Shock, Mob Grip, Ricta Wheels, Qix Shoes, Everlong, Foot Print Insoles, Thunder Trucks, Diamond Supply Co.

Cody McEntire Cody McEntire
Dob: 10/18/87
Hometown: Belton, TX, USA
Cody McEntire made a splash in SLS in 2015 after being one of two qualifiers from the Pro Open in Barcelona. This Texas native came out hungry to win, shaking up the rankings quickly after three top 10 placements in his first year as an SLS Pro. With those top performances, Cody garnered enough points to join a short list of Rookies to ever make it to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in their first year. In the end, Cody landed in 7th overall, but he still had more in him to take his first #DIAMONDBESTTRICK win as an SLS Pro at Super Crown. If he can accomplish so much in his first year, he is surely one to keep an eye on for years to come.
SPONSORS: Blind Skateboards, Red Dragons Apparel, Silver Trucks, FKD Bearings, Grizzly Grip, Diamond Hardware, OC Ramps, Lacorda Threads, Jammypack, Was Watch

Luan Oliveira Luan Oliveira
Dob: 9/22/1990
Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil
The 2014 People’s Champ had a history-making year in 2015, winning Tampa Pro for the second time, taking home his first SLS win ever in Los Angeles, only to follow up with another SLS win in New Jersey. Arguably one of the most liked Pros in skateboarding, Luan tries the hardest tricks and has a style that is unmatched in the League, often scoring him into the 9 Club, which he has done 17 times in his SLS career. Skating for Nike SB, Luan has made it to 86% of all Finals since he joined SLS in 2011, and has competed in four Championships, including in 2015 where he placed 3rd overall.
SPONSORS: Nike SB, Flip Skateboards, Matriz Skateshop, Independent Trucks, Medlym Griptape, Oakley, Diamond Supply Co., Spitfire Wheels, Mountain Dew, Bronson Speed Co

Chaz Ortiz Chaz Ortiz
Hometown: Chicago, IL, USA
Chicago´s Chaz Ortiz joined SLS as one of the youngest in the League at the time just one year after going Pro. Ortiz has been in more finals than most veterans, making 20 total since 2010. He is also no stranger to the SLS Super Crown World Championship, qualifying for 5 out 6, missing one in 2013 due to injury. 2015 was Ortiz’s most successful to date, placing in the Top 8 in each stop of the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour and landing in 4th overall for the year. At the young age of only 21, he has a lot of years left in him to finally take the Championship.
SPONSORS: Zoo York Skateboards, Gold Wheels, Silver Trucks, FKD Bearings, Diamond Supply Co., Grizzly Grip, Ethika

Shane O’Neill Shane O’Neill
Dob: 1/3/1990
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Australia´s Shane O´Neill has a skill set that is beyond compare and is arguably the most tech skater in SLS. A six-year veteran of the League, Shane often finds himself in the Finals, taking a contest win in 2010 and several Best Trick wins along the way. Shane has made the elite-eight line-up at four out of six Championships. Shane has made the 9 Club thirteen times and holds the title for the highest 9 Club score ever (9.9) along side Nyjah Huston for a switch double 360 flip. Taking his first-ever Tampa Pro win this past March, Shane has already secured a Golden Ticket straight to the 2016 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. If he keeps his expected consistency, we may just see him take home the 2016 Championship.
SPONSORS: Primitive Skateboarding, Nike SB, Spitfire Wheels, Thunder Trucks, FKD Bearings, Diamond Supply Co., Grizzly Grip, Monster Energy, Four Star Clothing

Ishod Wair Ishod Wair
Dob: 11/1/1991
Hometown: Bordentown, NJ, USA
Ishod Wair is every skaters skater, where casual fans to the top Pros always root for Ishod’s success. The always charismatic Wair entered SLS in 2012 after going Pro for REAL skateboards. Since then, Wair has made seven 9 Club appearances and has made it to four Finals. His best SLS year so far came in 2014 where he just missed taking the win at the first ever Monster Energy Pro Open placing second, gaining him his highest career placement to date. His momentum continued thru 2014, where he made it to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship and placed 3rd. At the recent Tampa Pro content, Wair was on-fire, practically breaking the internet with his level of skating. Let’s hope he keeps the fun going all the way into the World Tour.
SPONSORS: Real Skateboards, Thunder Trucks, Spitfire Wheels, Nike SB, Fourstar Clothing, Monster Energy, Bones Bearings, Stance Socks, Exit Skateshop, Shake

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California Skateparks has done it again, building a course for Munich that is unlike any other seen previously in SLS, while remaining challenging and fun to skate for the pros. Composed of 5 main sections, this course has something for everybody, and the layout encourages them to “Go big,” so expect some large scale tricks when the bright lights come on.

The quarter pipe wall is back and with each appearance it makes on an SLS course, it only leaves fans salivating for some Ishod Wair, David Gonzalez and Evan Smith highlights — and these three along with the rest of the SLS pros never disappoint.

Looking out from the quarter pipe wall on the left hand side is a section comprised of a euro gap with a long round handrail situated by a platform. Extending from this platform are mirroring flat-2-flat stairsets with hubbas, on each end. Also present are two flat, downward handrails near the kicker ramps on each side.

To the right of this section is half of a pyramid with a downward round rail atop the bank. On the other side is a gnarly hubba with a flat rail sitting on top of it and a kicker ramp that leads into it all. Behind that is a set of stairs with a flat-3-flat-1between two long flat handrails and another kicker ramp next to it.

To the right of that is the section where most riders will start their runs or trick attempts and it features a bank with a spine sitting on top of it, making it perfect for a variety of wall rides, vert and transition tricks.

Watch the first stop of the 2016 SLS Nike SB World Tour in Munich, July 2nd live on streetleague.com and FS1. Find your channel.

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WAKEBOARD BIG AIR

Dominik Hernler rocked the Olympic Lake this Sunday with victory at the WAKEBOARD BIG AIR event. The Austrian pulled off a stunning Switch Mobe Melon to claim top spot ahead of local heroes Dominik Gührs and Nico von Lerchenfeld at what was the first edition of this exciting event in Munich’s Olympic Park. “I am so happy. Today everything came off and the atmosphere here at the Olympic Lake was really cool,” commented event winner Hernler. The final of the WABEBOARD BIG AIR contest, held in front of 16.500 MASH-spectators lining the banks of the lake, could hardly have been tenser.  

FORMAT WAKEBOARD BIG AIR

Get ready for action and adrenaline as the world’s best wakeboarders go head to head on the Big Air ramp tried and tested at Red Bull Rising High. Designed by UNIT Parktech, the set-up on the Olympic Lake uses the natural difference in altitude between the upper and lower sections of the lake. This, combined with the mighty kicker, will give competitors a take-off height of almost three metres and see them soar up to 8m above the water and 25m in distance as they cross the 15m gap between the kicker and landing ramp.

QUALIFYING Friday, July 1/01.30 – 03.30 pm
Location Olympic Lake (close to Olympic Tower)
Athletes   16
Heats Two heats with eight riders
Format Each rider has four runs; each run lasts 90 seconds
Judging Counting best style-trick and best tech-trick; the top four athletes of each group advance to final
 
KNOCK-OUT Sunday, July 3/01.30-03.30 pm
Location Olympic Lake (close to Olympic Tower)
Athletes 8
Heats Four heats with two riders
Format Each rider has four runs; each run lasts 90 seconds
Judging Counting best style-trick and best tech-trick; Winner of each group advance to Superfinal
   
SUPERFINAL Sunday, July 3/right after the Knock-out
Location Olympic Lake (close to Olympic Tower)
Athletes 4
Heats One heat with four riders
Format Each rider has four runs; each run lasts 90 seconds
Judging Counting best style-trick and best tech-trick; the winner of the heat wins the contest.
 

Subject to change!

GOOD TO KNOW
Judging: On the first two runs each rider must first perform a Style Trick (Run 1) and then a Tech Trick (Run 2). On the next two runs the athlete can decide himself whether two perform a Style Trick or a Tech Trick – but he must communicate before the start of the run which type of trick he is going to perform. Each of the three judges awards a score of between 0 and 100 points for each run. These three individual scores are added together and then divided by three, resulting in the overall score for the run. After all athletes have performed four runs, the scores for best Style Trick and the best Tech Trick performed by each rider are added together (for example: Tech Trick 89.66 + Style Trick 75.66 = 165.32 points). This is the athlete’s Round Score.

ATHLETEN

Alex Aulbach Alex Aulbach / Germany
Alex Aulbach, whose results this year include second place at Unit Ride New Lines and third place at both the Sesitec Best Trick Session and Check In, is another representative of the strong German team at the WAKEBOARD BIG AIR. The 20-year-old from Landshut also finished second at Turn On in Thannhausen and won the Infinite Gap Session with his team (comprising him and two amateurs) against the team led by Nico von Lerchenfeld. Favourite trick: Method.

Max Balser Max Balser / Germany
The 18-year-old Max Balser already has experience in Big Air after securing a wildcard for Red Bull Rising High in Hamm together with Tobias Michel and Miles Töller (both from Germany) as well as Severin van der Meer from Switzerland. The youngster has also been able to gather experience on the 2-mast wakeboard facility near his home in Raunheim. Definitely one to look out for in Munich.

Felix Georgii Felix Georgii / Germany
Felix Georgii is a member of the new wakeboard generation always looking to push the limits. The 23-yearold from the Allgäu region in southern Germany loves nothing more than hitting rails and getting big air on kickers. Much of his riding style has been adopted from his original core sport of snowboarding.

Daniel Grant Daniel Grant / Great Britain/Thailand
At the tender age of just 18 Daniel Grant has already amassed an impressive collection of victories and awards. He is one of the most versatile wakeboarders out there and will definitely be among the favourites for the win at the WAKEBOARD BIG AIR event in Munich’s Olympic Park. Born in Britain but now living in Thailand, he has won the WWA Wakepark World Series Cable 2014, the WWA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CABLE 2010/2014 as well as the WWA World Championships Wakeskate 2012, 2013, 2014.

Aaron Gunn Aaron Gunn / Australia
Jib king Aaron Gunn from Sydney is one of the world’s top rail riders. His long list of wins includes two world championship titles. He has also won the Wakepark World Series on one occasion, is the reigning Australian Wakepark Rider of the Year and finished second last year at the WWA Wake Park Cable World Championships in Abu Dhabi. His favourite trick is the Truck Driver.

Dominik Gührs Dominik Gührs / Germany
Born and raised in Munich, Dominik Gührs will be keen to impress at the first world-class wakeboard event ever held in “his” city when WAKEBOARD BIG AIR comes to the Olympic Park. In 2011 and 2015 the 26-year-old was crowned world champion. 2014 he also came out on top at Red Bull Rising High. Now the time has finally come for Gührs to show his skills in front of a hometown audience.

Dominik Hernler Dominik Hernler / Austria
Dominik Hernler won his first wakeboard contests at the tender age of 10. His favourite riding spots are the lakes in his native Austria as well as the waters of Orlando, where he now spends most of the year. “Dom“, as he is known to his friends, trains hard and has seen his dedication rewarded with many top results, including first places at the FISE 2015, Triple Crown Velocity, Plastic Playgrounds, Harbour Reach and Triple Crown Terminus.

Timo Kapl Timo Kapl / Austria
Kapl is famous throughout the scene for his great sense of humour and spectacular Double Grab Heel 9, which he calls his favourite trick. The 18-year-old Austrian is Vice European Champion and Austrian Wakeboard Champion. Sick tricks and huge kickers are his thing. As Timo explains himself: “For me, wakeboarding is not just a sport – it is my life.”

William Klang William Klang / Sweden
When in an interview asked about people who inspire him, William Klang gave the following names: Graeme Burress, Raph Derome, Ben Leclair, Felix Georgii and Dominik Hernler. Two of these riders, Felix and Dominik, will be joining the 21-year-old Swedish champion at the WAKEBOARD BIG AIR in Munich. Klang made a name for himself last winter with his stylish rail riding in the Philippines and is now keen to show off his skills on the Big Air kicker. Anyone who has seen him ride knows that his motto is: “Go big or go home”.

Brenton Priestley Brenton Priestley / Australia/USA
Brenton Priestly was the first ever rider to stick a Double Flip on a Mega Ramp.
In 2015, “BP” won the Best Trick Award at Harbour Reach Liverpool and delivered Australia’s number one video part. He also came third at Harbour Reach 2014 and won the Quaterpipe Wake the Line in 2013. The 27-year-old, who was born in Australia but now lives in Orlando, chooses the Method Air as his favourite trick.

Aaron Rathy Aaron Rathy / Canada
At the age of ten Aaron Rathy stood on a wakeboard for the first time and knew straight away: this is what I want to do. It turned out to be a pretty good decision! Over the course of his career Rathy has won many awards, including being named Rider of the Year by Wakeboarding Mag in 2009 und 2013. In 2013 he was crowned Overall Champion at the Red Bull Wake Open and in 2015 the 28-year-old Canadian was awarded the title Rider of the Year by Alliance Wake Mag. These days Aaron dedicates much of his time to filming, but he is looking forward to his trip to Europe and the WAKEBOARD BIG AIR in the Olympic Park.

Victor Salmon Victor Salmon / Belgium
Salmon has a big, big bag of tricks – especially if you bear in mind that the Belgian living in Thailand is just 15 years young. He got into wakeboarding at the age of just 10 years when a friend from school took him to a wakepark. Since then he has been hooked. It looks like he may well have the talent to be one of the biggest names in the scene very soon.

Benedikt Tremmel Benedikt Tremmel / Germany
For Benedikt Tremmel the Wakeboard Big Air event at MASH is a unique chance to show off his skills in front of his home fans. Like Dominik Gührs, Benedikt Tremmel was also born in Munich. Successes include second place at the German Wakeboard Championships and second place at The Bricks Open 2015. Benedikt, who is known within the scene as a joker always in a good mood, current leads the world ranking for Junior Men.

James Windsor James Windsor / Australia
James Windsor got his first motocross bike at the tender age of three years. By the time he was five he was already taking part in races, which he continued to do up until the age of 13. It was then that he fell in love with wakeboarding during a school excursion to the local cablepark. Since that day the 20-year-old Australian has dedicated himself to wakeboarding – with considerable success. Victories in his career include those at Red Bull Harbour Reach UK 2013 and 2014 as well as the USA Monster Energy Triple Crown Series 2015.

Maxim van Helvoort Maxim van Helvoort / Netherlands
Just a few weeks ago Maxim van Helvoort made headlines by becoming the first ever wakeboarder to land a Backside Doublecork – two complete backflips combined with a Backside 1080 and a Mute Grab. The 22 year-old Dutch rider, who now lives in Orlando, Florida, will be coming to MASH on the first weekend of July hoping that his impressive bag of tricks will see him grab a top result in Munich.

Nico von Lerchenfeld Nico von Lerchenfeld / Germany
The Cologne native is without a doubt one of the best riders in the world. His successes include first place at Wake the Line 2011 as well as second place at Plastic Playground 2014, FISE 2014, Wake of Steel 2014 and Rising High 2014. It will be exciting to see what the 23-year-old local hero, who pretty much grew up wakeboarding, can throw down at the Olympic Park.

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