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World Championships La Molina and Barcelona, Spain 14-21st January


I was recently at the Snowboard World Championships in Spain, building the halfpipe (La Molina) and also the indoor Big Air which was held in Barcelona.

We were lucky that the snowmakers had made alot of  snow for the pipe as snow conditions were very lean over the whole mountain.  The snow was very sugary to work with which was a challenge as it builds up in the transition making it hard for the riders.  We were able to compact the sugar in the bottom of the pipe which made for a good finals pipe.

The Australians had a super solid performance winning both the mens and females divisions.

Womens and Mens Results Halfpipe

1 CRAWFORD Holly AUS
2 HALLER Ursina SUI
3 LIU Jiayu CHN
1 JOHNSTONE Nathan AUS
2 PODLADTCHIKOV Iouri SUI
3 MALIN Markus FIN

Indoor Big Air, in Barcelona sold out to 8,000 spectators.  It was the opening event for the World Championships, held at Saint Jordi.

We were lucky that the snow held very well indoors.  We were worried with how much heat would be generated indoors with the 8,00 people, lights and also the 18 degree celcius sunny weather outdoors.  The stadium was well equipped with air conditioning to keep the temperatures down and the snow in good condition.

There was no room to spare with the ramp and its huge size to fit it into an indoors stadium.  The height of the ramp was 30 meters and the height of the stadium roof was 31.5 metres.  The jump was 3 metres high and the table to clear was 14 meters long.  It wasn´t a big jump but being indoors and being restricted between the roof and walls I was not able to make it safely bigger.

Result BigAir

1 PIIROINEN Petja FIN
2 STONE Zachary CAN
3 SMITS Seppe BEL
4 STRATEN, VAN Rocco NED


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