Athletes & Course Announced – Suzuki Nine Royals 2017

Hosting both men and women for the first time, the Suzuki Nine Royals will feature some of the world's most creative and gifted snowboarders from March 27th to April 1st, 2017. Joining the crew at Watles in South Tyrol, Italy, the "Become a Royal" online video contest winners include snowboarders Werni Stock (AUT) and Julia Marino (USA) thanks to their unique styles and abilities, guaranteeing them all the chance to ride the innovative castle feature. The week of epic film and photo shoots culminates with the Public Big Air contest and Après Party on April 1st.

This year's castle feature is more creative than ever, catering to the athlete's individual styles while pushing the possibilities of skiing and snowboarding. It includes two main jumps, one measuring 29m from takeoff to landing, the other 23m. Additionally, it boasts multiple hips, transitions, step up quarterpipes and the most jib options ever included on these castle features. The possibilities are literally endless.

The Full Riders List

This year's roster is comprised of the crème de la crème in skiing and snowboarding, Numerous Olympian medalists, World Championship winners, X-Games podiums and internationally renowned video part filmers come together on one feature.

Queens Snowboard:

– Jamie Anderson (USA)

– Anna Gasser (AUT)

– Julia Marino (USA)

– Klaudia Medlova (SVK)

– Silje Norendal (NOR)

– Spencer O'Brien (CAN)

– Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR)

– Sarka Pancochova (CZE)

Knights Snowboard:

– Sebbe De Buck (BEL)

– Simon Gruber (ITA)

– Darcy Sharpe (CAN)

– Seppe Smits (BEL)

– Werni Stock (AUT)

– Sven Thorgren (SWE)

By combining the Knights and the Queens for a unified event, the Suzuki Nine Royals 2017 will host some of the world's most talented male and female freeskiers and snowboarders in Watles, South Tyrol, Italy for a week of progressive riding. Stay tuned for the action heating up on 27th March- 1st April 2017.

Check out more from Nine Queens here.