Day 1 of Andreas Håtveit’s Backyard Battle goes off
Release — Sudndalen, Norway, April 4, 2011 — After a day of rail jamming under sunny skies and slushy snows at Andreas Håtveit's homemade park in his backyard a line up of 13 riders gathered this evening for the Läkerol Candy Invitational Rail Jam qualification.
A hectic round of railing ensued as the international band of freeskiers got down to some serious railing. Brit James Wood impressed most with a whole set of creative grooves and transfers showing that the international new comer is not letting up after his recent Europe X-Games podium place.
"We've had a great day here in my park," said Andreas Håtveit. "The guys were just killing it on the rails, I was so impressed with the overall talent and creative tricks. It sucked to lose Jossi because he was in a class of his own during the practice session and having travelled over from New Zealand to be here its pretty tough on him to go down with an injury during the first session of the week."
Sweden's Niklas Ericsson always caught the eye of the judges with some crazy improvised transfers whilst Finnish Oskari Raitanen brought a whole new style to keep the proceedings fresh making overall for an evening of some the best freeski rail riding out there.
In the end Brit James Wood claimed first spot, followed by Finn Oskari Raitenan in second spot ending a excellent night of metal bashing in Håtveit's backyard. The only downer was an absent Jossi Wells, the X-Games veteran from New Zealand, who suffered an injury during the practice session and is now on the sideline for the rest of the comp.
Eight riders were selected from the line of 13 to go through to the finals:
8. Klaus Finne
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Shay Williams is the Managing Editor of Freeskier Magazine. He loves cheeseburgers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sweden. He's likely on a plane right now—first class only.