Oslo Vinterpark Tryvann greeted us with light snow and grey skies as we started rigging up at 8.am. After over an hour of hard work, the setup was fully ready for competition, with glistening, stickered rails and a chill competitors and spectators area ready for barbequing by none other than theKing Cobra, Inge Wiig.
As practice commenced at 10 am the temperature hovered around -2 degrees celcius, and occasional sunshine warmed our bodies enough to undress one layer. The guys at Oslo Vinterpark Tryvann had set up the best railcourse we've seen in the Norwegian PBRJ history the night before, and the riders loved it.
We had three rails of different difficulty levels, one 8 meter straight rail, one kink rail and one flatbox rail. It was perfectly locatedunderneath the main lift, in an open area between the small and the big snow park.
The level of riding was insane, especially in the open class. This was also the class with the most registered riders. A favorite trick was the Open category 3rd place winner Sindre Cottis' Nosepress to Frontflip down the kink rail. That was just the tip of theiceberg however, in all divisions the competitors ripped. We saw one 270 on/450 off, a lot of kink gapping and least but not last a lot of stylish lipslides.
The Sprocking Cat himself, Terje, showed up during the qualification runs on his snowskate. He was seriously considering hitting the rails.
We had a top quality judging panel this year with Volcom teamrider Torgeir Bergrem showing up as a guest judge for the Open class and the finals (He was super stoked when he was put in charge of the giveaways after the comp), and the other judges were the ever-so-lovely Kari Opsal Mæland and the Swedish Mattias. For the 15-, 16+ and girls qualifying runs, open champ Eirik Nesse was judging.
All summed up, this was a great event. The spectators were stoked, the competitors were ripping and we were as happy as Tom.
A special thanks to Oslo Vinterpark ,Ian, Anders, speaker Øyvind, volcom, Electric, skullcandy, Globe, Nitro , Burn, our judges Kari, Mattias, Eirik and Torgeir, videographerTore Nilsen,photographer Otto Alsaker Prestmo and Terje for showing up and taking time talking to the stoked kids.