The 1st edition of The Bang Slalom presented by Nixon
The inaugural edition of the annual Bang Slalom went down a storm in the Norwegian snowboarding mecca of Hemsedal this past weekend, with Frenchman and current man-to-beat Mathieu Crepel sealing the win and rounding off another memorable contest season.
Co-hosted by the legendary Terje Haakonsen, the Bang Slalom is the brainchild of local-boy-done-good and Nixon team rider Mikkel Bang. With two of Norway's biggest names at the helm, the event had little trouble attracting the cream of both the Norwegian and international snowboarding scene. Among others, the likes of Erik Botner, Eirik Haugo, Roope Tonteri and DCP all converged for the occasion. With Bang and Haakonsen setting a fast and technical course, the bar was set for a very high yet friendly level of competition in what turned out to be challenging weather conditions. And when all was said and done, nobody could beat Crepel's time, who finished some three quarters of a second faster than his nearest rival in the pro division, Canadian Charles Reid, and exactly one second faster than third placed finisher Haakonsen.
With the youngest participant just 7 years old and the eldest 66 years of age, there was a truly wide range of snowboarders passing through the Bang Slalom start gate. One that impressed most was 11-year-old Odin Røhrt, who came out on top in the 10-13 year old division.
The Bang Slalom was made possible thanks to the support of the following brands and partners: Nixon, Oakley, Burton, Norsk Tipping, Skistar, Skigaarden and Hemsedal.com Find out more and see the full gallery here.