What a rad contest season that was: 7 QParks Tour Stops in 3 countries with 282 riders from 20 nations, who once again proofed, that the QParks Tour actually is the biggest independent freestyle tour across the Alps and a stepping stone to a pro career. No matter if rookie, who wants to breath first contest air, or freestyle pro, who is competing at European Cups. The QParks Tour is not only open for all, but also a playground for all. And that´s fine, says German wunderkind and QParks Tour rider Fynn Koenen: „A Contest is always something you have to get used to. The more you ride, the better you get.“ But besides getting used to contest situations, there is something else, that brings you closer to success.
“Stay calm, plan your runs and most important – have fun!”, as Sebastian Färber, freeski judge told us in our judges feature. And that is certain: Enjoying sports is the most important factor, if you want to be successful in the long run. That´s also what David Wolf, Best Trick winner and QParks Tour rider stated after his rad run at the Battle ROJal Schöneben: „The secret formula is simply having fun while skiing! And that´s it, you don´t need more!“ And yeah, he´s right! Even the youngsters of the QParks Tour already stick to that motto. Charlie Lane from “Why Ain´t you?!” just made our day at the Lit Night Jam in Saalbach Hinterglemm when he answered the question what he likes best at the QParks Tour with “WURST!”. Check out the video!
When the fun is on point, the freestyle action is too. And that leads to a truck load of season highlights.
One literal highlight of this season was our first night contest - the Lit Night Jam at Saalbach Hinterglemm. In that case, the name says it all: At the legendary floodlight setting of Snowpark U-Bahn, the riders were the ones in the spotlight and they just sent it! At least as bright as the lighting in Hinterglemm was the atmosphere at the Penken Battle in Mayrhofen. An unbelievable 89 riders made it to legendary Penken Park and celebrated one hell of a freestyle party. The weather at the Blue Tomato Plan P kinda crossed our plans but everyone made the best out of it and the riders showed us some high-end jib action. However, at the Sick Trick Tour Open, the contest line provided a perfect playground for some massive airtime. The stunning panorama at the Oakley Schilthorn Open is also worth mentioning just like the perfect setup at the Battle ROJal at Schöneben – actually, each tour stop was a real blast! All leading to the grand final - the Game of Diamonds in Obergurgl.
One thing is for sure: The riders, who made it to the podium at the end of the QParks Tour were fighting hard. Our freeski champions of the season 2019 are Muriel Mohr, Noel Walser and Fabian Tschiderer. The best snowboarders in their categories were Felix Widnig, Emma Lantos, Benedikt Fridbjornsson and Sam van Lieshout.
Congratulations to all the winners from the whole QParks Team! You guys were killing it! But wait a second, we haven´t announced all the winners yet. Didn´t someone say something about surfing?
At this year´s Best Trick Award, our judges selected 11 best tricks out of a huge pool of freestyler madness. Now it´s up to the community to decide which one is the best of the best – for freeski and snowboard. The two riders, who gather the most votes, win a surfing holiday at the Free Spirit Hostel Ecuador for two! There you can polish your skills on liquid snow and get ready for the coming season. And we’d highly recommend doing so, because we have some sweet news for you guys.
Yes, you got it right! There is some interesting stuff going on behind the scenes at the QParks headquarters. We´re going to tune the QParks Tour! There´s gonna be a bunch of innovations to make the tour even more suitable for all of you. Currently, we cannot give you more info about that, but stay tuned, it´s gonna be rad!
Now, nothing’s left to say but THANK YOU! BIG UP to all, who joined us this year! You make the QParks Tour the awesome freestyle contest series, it is! Soon, it’s time for the summer break, but we´ll keep you updated on Facebook and Instagram. See you at the beach!