What a weekend full of snowboarding, positive energy and spectacular vibes. When I arrived Friday evening the starters list for the finals on Saturday was already completed and I was curious to see which surprise the competitors will deliver. Unfortunately, our two FAMily MEMbers Moritz Amsüss and Leon Gütl couldn’t make it to the FINALS but considering the high level of riding it’s nothing you should worry too much about. Leon and Moritz could both stomp their runs and were happy to be able to compete in LAAX at one of the best courses in the world.
1st place in Slopestyle women goes to Tess Coady and 1st place men to Sean Fitz Simons. Congratulations.
My personal highlight was the pipe finals. First time I could stay up on the mountain and watch it from the side of the pipe. All kings and queens were present to compete for the crown and to get a last-minute spot for the Olympics. One of the last-minute Olympian qualifiers was Shawn white. He was still in need of the qualification for the Olympics, his 5th participation if he would be able to put his run down. And he made it. Finishing 3rd place at the LAAX OPEN pipe finals, Shawn was super exited to go again to the Olympics. On 2nd place we had Jan Scherer the Suisse local and on 1st place the one and only Japanese board samurai Ayumo Hirano.
On the women podium we had in 3rd position the Spanish lady Queralt Castellet, 2nd position from Japan Mitsuki Ono and on the first place Chloe Kim. Pipe riding is super impressive when you stay beside and you see the riders traveling 3 meters over your head into this 6 meter ice walls. Once again, it was an exceptional spectacle and an eye candy for the whole snowboard world.
Last but not least I want to say BIG THANK you to Laax for organizing such an epic event which pushes snowboarding to the fullest. Thank you for having go-shred. For more details about the LAAX OPEN 2022, click here …