Carlos Gerber and Axel Gaudin dominate at this seasons first « freestyle » event in Thyon ! The snowpark of Thyon (VS) welcomed freestyle snowboarders and skiers of all
ages on Saturday, January 28th for this years OPEN & KIDS SLOPESTYLE. This edition of the competition took place for the first time during one day only and as in previous editions was a part of three different Swiss « freestyle » event tours : The Audi Snowboard Series, The Swiss Freeski Tour and the Tour Freestyle Romand. In the snowboard category it was the Valaisan, of Cape Verde orgin, Carlos Gerber who went home with the victory and for the skiers the best performance also came from a Valaisan, Axel Gaudin.
The first event of the season was a great success on Saturday in the CentralPark of Thyon for the 2017 edition of the OPEN & KIDS SLOPESTYLE, a competition open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Over 60 riders from all over Switzerland as well as Australia and Iran made it to the Valais resort to take part. Prize money of 2’000 francs was up for the winning and with a particularly high level of performance from the older riders on both skis and snowboards it was definitely a competition to watch. Thyon rider, Carlos Gerber, takes the title for the snowboarders back from two stops in the FIS World Cup Big Air, Carlos Gerber made the most of one of his few free weekends to come and participate in the competition in Thyon, his partner resort for this winter. The Valaisan, born in Sonceboz in the Jura Bernois with Cape Verde roots, left no chance for his rivals with a clean run showcasing his impressively high level (Front Double Cork 1260° on the jump and a half cab 50-50 on the box). He left Thyon with 600 francs of prize money in his pocket! With a Back 900° double grab on the jump and a cab 270 in frontboard on the box, it was the German Philip Schwan at only 16 years old who took home second place and 300 francs. Local rider, Olivier Dubas, winner of last years edition, came in third place with a Front 720° tail on the jump and a 50-50 frontside 180 out on the box earning him 100 francs in prize money. For the girls it was the Valaisanne, Aline Vernay, from Grône who by landing a nice Front 360° on one of the red line jumps took the title.