HEAD Freeskiing has had a breakthrough in the past few months. With two medals at the X-Games in January, Freeride World Tour qualifications, record breaking jumps, and athletes traveling around the world for a myriad of events. Last weekend in particular it would have been hard to get on any webpage in the industry and not seen a HEAD riders name on top of the podium or in the spotlight.
In Austria HEAD had two riders taking part in the invitation only Red Bull Play Streets. A Slopestyle course literally built into the city of Bad Gastein, Austria it is a spectacle on many proportions. With PK Hunder and Jesper Tjader taking part, it is most noteable that Jesper was added to the Red Bull International Freeskiing Team at the event.
In Norway we had Mikkel Jøraandstad winning the GSI, which is a Big Air Invitational event in Oppdal. The GSI is an invitation only Big Air event for which the riders compete head to head on a 25 meter jump. The tricks performed ranged in difficulty only in that some normal skiers can say, “what was that?” to “Umm, I’m speechless.” The level of skiing was high and Mikkel took the win with a switch dub 14 Safety and a switch dub 12 Mute. It is great to see Mikkel on top.
In Aspen, Colorado HEAD dominated not only because Aaron Blunck won the Aspen Freeskiing Open Halfpipe event, but with Jamie Crane-Mauzy took a podium position in two events. With Silver in the slopestyle and Bronze in the Halfpipe, it is clear Jamie is something of a unique talent with skill in both disciplines. After competing in the same pipe a few weeks ago for the X-Games, Aaron exuded some confidence that the judges took notice to and took the top spot, which put him comfortably in 5th position in the AFP World Tour Overall Rankings. Jamie is sitting in 3rd overall after her performance, so congratulations to both Jamie and Aaron.
Back in Austria, on the West side, we had Marlon Holzman win the Backcountry NATURE RIDE event at Damuels, Austria. After five years of developing the event, the Nature Ride has become a unique and stand-alone event as a true Backcountry Slopestyle and Big Mountain Competition all in one. The event boasts cliffs, large kickers, steep lines, jumps, and all conditions skiing packed into one course where athletes can showcase every aspect of their skiing in one run. For the second year in a row, HEAD rider Marlon Holzmann took the win by dropping the biggest cliffs in the venue and showing that he is not afraid to rotate and contort his body in the air as well. This event is something to watch in the future as the level of skiing is just special to watch.
Keep an eye out for more results, postings, and activities from HEAD, but with the finals of the World Cup in Voss, Norway as well as Lenzerheide, Switzerland in the next days there should be a lot of action and a lot to come from HEAD Skiing.
Picture: Jesper Tjäder @ Red Bull Playstreets - Photo Credit: Mirja Geh