The Vans Style Masters event came back to El Tarter, with the central line groomed for the comp. The high temperatures of the day before didn’t impede that the Shapers of El Tarter snowpark left everything ready. Two kickers shaped perfectly -with tables of 15 and 8m- were waiting for the riders in one the most awaited events of the season. Photos: Miguel Rubio
With more than 40 registered riders for the andorran event, the Vans Style Masters rewarded the Best Trick, the most Off The Wall rider and the Best Style, with also a special prize with a Vans High Standard Series invitation to Laax.
Names like Aleix Lopez Bigas, Pau Bartolo, Adan Baserba, Elias Almonacid, Tekke Voorham, Xavi Rodríguez, Lukas Ridríguez, Kasia Rusin, Maria Hidalgo o Nora Cornell were in the registered riders list.
Soren Manzoni was up on the mic cheering up the crowd, a true specialist in this kind of events with his unmatched “savoir faire”
The Expression Session lasted for more than two hours, with some try out runs to warm up, and later, 6 shots per athlete, where the riders would have to show the best style in their bag of tricks
The competition had really good vibes with Vans, Slidewayz Snowboard Shop & Snowpark del Tarter organizing a snowboard village with tents, waffles, barbacue, music with DJ and an improvised Vans snowboard Boots showroom
The snowboard judges were busy to choose the winners with a lot of innovative tricks breaking standards; 360’s, 180’s y 540’s grabbed with a lot of air and originality
The overall standings were taken by three very young guns, like Dante Vera (third position) Kefren Mendolia (second) and the winner Lukas Rodríguez, who demonstrated his aerial superiority with well executed spins and grabs. Best Trick winner was Pau Bartolo who threw a lot of different tricks in the main jump and landed his last shot with an inverted transfer run.
Off the Wall special prize was for Kevin Leandro Pino, a tireless rider who proved is all about originality in snowboarding
One of the best riders of the day was Nora Cornell, who delighted the public with her pop and style, important reasons to win the Vans High Standard Series in Laax. In the girls category Kasia Rusin took the most Off the Wall girl with her consistent, clean runs. Lili Richard was awarded with the Best Trick
All in all this edition of the Vans Style Masters has gathered the best iberian snowboarders with their best trickery and style, in an event that unites riders and snowboarders of various generations celebrating passion and fun. Thanks to Vans, Slidewayz Snowboard Shop & Snowpark El Tarter for the organization.