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The 2015 Volcom Kitzsteinhorn Banked Slalom is a wrap!

What a weekend we just experienced! Smiles for miles, sunburned noses, egos’s bruised & boosted and then waking up with the worst hangover of the year.
Words hardly do all the good times justice. So why not let the photos tell the story instead?
See you all in 2016 for the 3rd version.

Congrats to Tadej Valentan for taking top honors and winning the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom starting spot. Good times at prize giving. Arthur Longo in 2nd and Michael David in 3rd.

Congrats to Tadej Valentan for taking top honors and winning the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom starting spot. Good times at prize giving. Arthur Longo in 2nd and Michael David in 3rd.

A big thanks to Kitzsteinhorn, Active-Kaprun.at Hotel, Burg Kaprun everyone who came and rode, helped shape, all our friends and supporters.
Thank you for snowboarding.

Does matching the color of your pants with our flags make you go faster?

Does matching the color of your pants with our flags make you go faster?

Nico from Asturis helped with shaping and rode fast

Nico from Asturias helped with shaping and rode fast

Only 3 more turns before a cold beer and free burgers await

Only 3 more turns before a cold beer and free burgers await

The banks just got better and better the more throughout the day. No thanks to poaching pommes aka skiers.

The banks just got better and better the more throughout the day. No thanks to poaching pommes aka skiers.

The Kitz shapers worked hard for over a week to build the course, it vas very different from last year

The Kitz shapers worked hard for over a week to build the course, it vas very different from last year

Finding the right wax combo was tricky, as the weather changed from snow to sun to fog all day

Finding the right wax combo was tricky, as the weather changed from snow to sun to fog all day

Here’s a view of the mid-section of the course, Olivier Gittler chasing Arthur Longo with a selfie-stick

Here’s a view of the mid-section of the course, Olivier Gittler chasing Arthur Longo with a selfie-stick

Kitz head shaper Lippi loves his job and it shows..

Kitz head shaper Lippi loves his job and it shows..

Feather or gap over the speed bumps? Turns out ollieing over was the fastest option

Feather or gap over the speed bumps? Turns out ollieing over was the fastest option

All the way from Switzerland, Nicolas “Fäst” Wolken one final turn short of beer and burger

All the way from Switzerland, Nicolas “Fäst” Wolken one final turn short of beer and burger

Pleasure’s Fischi has no problem whatsoever drinking non- Bavarian beer

Pleasure’s Fischi has no problem whatsoever drinking non- Bavarian beer

Towards the end of the course, your legs are bleeding and your heart is pounding. But the roar from the crowd gives you the extra energy needed to stay tucked down low until the finish line.

Towards the end of the course, your legs are bleeding and your heart is pounding. But the roar from the crowd gives you the extra energy needed to stay tucked down low until the finish line.

Bjorn Simons at the start, getting ready for drop in, mid-blizzard

Bjorn Simons at the start, getting ready for drop in, mid-blizzard

Manu from Israel crosses the border into enemy territory. Luckily, he got back home unscathed

Manu from Israel crosses the border into enemy territory. Luckily, he got back home unscathed

The Picture Books gave their absolute everything at the Castle Rock Out party.  A big thanks to them and  our first band, Brothers of the Head

The Picture Books gave their absolute everything at the Castle Rock Out party. A big thanks to them and our first band, Brothers of the Head

Arthur Longs sends a crail over Oliver Gittler, heading towards the final bank of the course. Just one of many shenaningans taking place once the race was over

Arthur Longs sends a crail over Oliver Gittler, heading towards the final bank of the course. Just one of many shenaningans taking place once the race was over

photos by Vernon Deck and Andoni Epelde

open
Open division:
1st- TADEJ VALENTAN 1’14’’32
2nd- ARTHUR LONGO 1’14’’51
3rd- MICHAEL DAVID 1’14’’58

industry
Industry division:
1st- STEPHAN MAURER 1’14’'70
2nd- NICOLAS WOLKEN 1’16’'53
3rd- SVETJE BALTIC 1’16’’68

girls
Girls division:
1st- CHLOE SILLIERES 1’20''40
2nd- REGINA LIND 1’20’'50
3rd- MARY LUGGEN 1’22’'25

15under
15 and under division:
1st- MORITZ KAUFMANN 1’25’'10
2nd- JOHANNES SKREBER 1’29’'63
3rd- DANTA BRCIC 1’32’'02

40 and over division:
1st- IVO GMUR 1’15’'39
2nd- CHRISTOPH LIND 1’16’'00
3rd- JAN PROKES 1’18’'53

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Sleeper boy. Noa knocked out from rocking too hard and drinking too much water. Droid's bringing back the classic Black Fly's look. Y'all been to Pusser's? Phone rings... "It's Ozzie! Oh, snap, my rent's due!" House view. Droid sometimes sleeps with his eyes open. It's creepy, but pretty funny! Yes, airports are full of freaks! The name of this airplane is quite accurate. Whatever you do, don't look down! Scared, psyched, confused, or all the above? Touchdown! This place ruled. Yago always packing the late night snacks. This dude loves chocolate. Droid rockin' the Mag Vibes Stoneys and Yago rockin' the Macaw Mods! Mauro Diaz is always Gozando! (Having a good time.) Noa greeting the Shark's Cove of the Caribbean! Why did we have a fart machine? Who knows. But when you play this thing through a mini amp, it will have you in tears. This literally went on for a couple hours... Nate, bummed his phone broke and couldn't Tinder. The pie in the face wasn't enough, and Noa wanted more! Noa making Richie and Droid some tasty treats. Egg in hole? Egg in basket? Whatever it was, it ruled. Noa loves to prank people, and here is proof! So, don't fall asleep before him. Looks like Tom Carey didn't get the message. Checking emails? On Instagram? Whatever, it's too late for photos. Noa's first boards with the Stone! Yes, Droid sleeps with his guitar, day and night. Below photos: Scott Stinnett Cameras: Yashica T4 and Widelux Boarding the mini jet. Yago's candy stash. Airport lobby jam sash with Droid and Noa. Maybe just Droid. Droid, zorched. Beers and champagne. Why not?! Seriously lost! Tom Carey trying to figure out where they are while Noa sleeps one off. Mind surfing. We did that a lot due to the lacking of waves. Few spots had potential, and we found some fun waves, but not a ton. Everyone wants a photo with Droid. Mauro Diaz. Checking this spot called Middles, which had a couple waves on offer. Yago Dora. This is Tortola. And it's an amazing place to visit. Free samples of Pina Coladas on the house! Noa and Droid. This was the last night in Puerto Rico. Full crew! These rocks were super sharp, but made for some cool, Mars-lookin' landscape. Droid and Noa taking in the amazing view we had. What a way to wake up. Droid. Yago, the pelican whisperer. OK, Noa is a pelican whisperer, too. Yago, Noa, Droid, trying to write some songs in the lobby. You can see Droid here has taken a new approach to the word "downtime." Downtime again with Droid. Cool path we found to some waves! Droid resting his eyes. Droid jam session. Droid sleep session. Yago with somewhat of a swan dive. Noa and Droid hanging out on the porch of our spot. Found a dude who was driving this and asked if we could take some pictures with it. He was stoked, and more than willing to let us do it. Thanks, man, this is rad! So sick. Sincerely, yours truly. The Pelican Man hooked us up with some free lessons on how to care for them and feed them. It was actually pretty cool, and Noa and Yago turned out to be experts at the trade. Noa mid-jump, or fall, or step-off, or whatever. Not a very enthusiastic jump, but we'll take it! Buddies. Noa and Yago enjoying the Caribbean. Cool angle of Yago floating in the sea. Yago. Mauro showing us some spots. Room with a view! Yago. See you, dudes, next time!   Related stories: Indo Boat Trip with Volcom Surf Team - Candid Photo Journal Episode 3 of Welcome To Water, Indonesia - Candid Photo Journal Hawaii Campaign Shoot - Candid Photo Journal