Words & Photos: Laura Austin
Day two of the Nike Chosen Sessions in Montafon, Austria continued with more action and less sun. The day kicked off with a bowl session in a unique setup, paying homage to the bowl movement in Japan with a very skate-style feel to it. With all the video crews, ams, and pros in one condensed area, as opposed to yesterday's scattered format, the action was non-stop and you could really get a feel for the riders' skill.
After the guys started to get a feel for the setup they started to get more and more creative. Jamie Nicholls gap-transferring from one side of the bowl to the wallride, Ethan Morgan and Austin Smith handplanting the diving board, Peetu Pironen with a wallride transfer into the conjoining bowl, and much more. A definite highlight was the appearance of Nicolas Muller, and his signature method off the cone feature.
After lunch the action moved to the jumps for the big air portion of the session. There were obvious pro standouts like Peetu Pironen and Jamie Nicholls but the Ams left their own impression as well. Andy Nudds had some of the best style throughout, and Markus Mathis was one of the more technical, throwing double 10's and 12's.
The day rounded out with the remaining few riders on the mountain launching off the gap jump over the immaculate 200-foot Nike Swoosh. The Swoosh alone is quite the spectacle, but jumping over the thing added a whole other dimension. The rest of the week should be interesting with the impending weather moving in, but I have a feeling these ams are hungry enough to ride rain or shine. My camera gear may feel a bit differently though.
Stay tuned to Snowboardermag.com for more upcoming action from the Nike Chosen Sessions and check out www.nikechosensessions.com for all the latest updates and videos.