Words: Heather Hendricks
In American snowboard contests you’ll seldom hear the announcer incite drunken mayhem. But at the Vans Wangl Tangl in Mayrhofen, Austria, alive are the days where anything goes.
“Someone get the Schnapps,” the Wangl Tangl announcer, Henry Jackson, yelled during the finals. “We need to start a ruckus, do something crazy. Get out your bum for the camera and I’ll buy you a beer!”
Now in it’s 10th year, the Vans Wangl Tangl has been called “Europe’s wildest snowboard contest” by many, including Swiss Pro, Iouri Podladtchikov. After a week filled with deep pow, park shredding, and parties every night, we too agree with I-Pod’s view.
Following a season filled with high-stakes events, the Vans Wangl Tangl provided riders with the chance to enjoy snowboarding in a pressure-free, party-filled environment. The laid-back atmosphere in Austria fostered an appreciation for snowboarding’s roots and pros were simply stoked to ride with friends.
The snow finals went down on Thursday and teams of three sessioned the Vans Penken Park. The setup allowed for creative, progressive shredding as crews were judged on flow, technicality and overall style. When a trio wanted their run judged, they would let the announcer know they were ready to “wangl their tangl” before they dropped– seriously.
The Finnish crew of Peetu Piironein, Janny Korpi and Ville Uotila took the overall win. Their winning run began with 720’s over the first kicker. Then, Peetu spun a backside 1080 on the second jump while Ville transferred a backside 360 over Janne’s backflip 180. As if that weren’t crazy enough, the crew went on to stomp a backside 180 transfer over the wall ride, and each finished with an alley oop backside rodeo in the mini-pipe.
The Best Line of The Day went to Ville Uotila for his creativity and style on the course. His innovative approach to transfers, a frontside 360 bonk on the up-box and a massive backside 180 over the wall ride secured the win. Best Jib went to Arthur Longo and Kalle Ohlson, of the “Off the Wall” team for their Miller Flip high-five.
There was a skate demo following the snow event. And Mayrhofen went mental for two nights with concerts by Seether and M.O.P as the headlining acts. Yes, these bands are washed up in the States, but their performance in Austria was all-time.
While it can’t be confirmed or denied that anyone ended up flashing their ‘bum for a beer,’ plenty of schnapps was shared, which created more of a ruckus than can be reiterated– Super Gile!
Thanks to Vans Snow, and Quiksilver for showing us one hellva an Austrian adventure.