Beijing, China — It was full-out action here in The Nokia Nanshan Mellow Park as the top eleven rider’s from yesterday’s qualifier converged for combat. The park was fresh, the riders were stoked and the crowd was larger than ever before. Jakob Wilhelmson of Sweden took first on the podium, earning himself is first Swatch TTR result of the season, and 700 Ranking Points.
Aside from a small amount of wind in the morning, the weather was great with blue skies and a spring-like temperature. The riders had a tough time in the Finals due to the conditions, causing an upset and knocking out our top pick for first, Freddy Austbo (NOR), in the first round.
It came down to four riders in the super finals where the wind was a little lighter and the competition was tight. Returning rider Jakob Wilhelmson (SWE) hit both big kickers in his first run with smooth 7’s and 5’s, going big and standing out for the judges. It was so close! No one could have predicted Marc Swoboda (AUT) would be the runner up. Marc’s run consisted of a BS 7 Japan and a FS 5. Third went to Atsuchi Ishikawa from Japan who was killing it all weekend. A returning to the Nanshan Open, Atsuchi took it to the park with huge switch FS 7’s and 59’s. So stoked to have our Asian brother on the podium! Jake Koia (NZE) followed in fourth position representing the southern hemisphere.
Three-time DMC Champion DJ Wordy was on the snow all day spinning his tunes for the crowd and getting the onlookers stoked. So much more excitement followed with a live punk show by national punk treasures SKO and Recycle on the Gibson stage. Free Red Bull flowed like water and good times were had by all. Thanks to everyone who came from near and far for the event and high fives to everyone who helped out.
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Top Ten Results for 6th Red Bull Nanshan Open
Jakob Wilhelmson SWE Quiksilver, Lib Tech
Marc Swoboda AUT Red Bull, Nitro
Atsushi Ishikawa JPN Quiksilver, Nitro
Jacob Koia NZE Oakley, Endeavor
Morgan Le Faucher FRA Burton, Volcom
Peter Koenig AUT Red Bull, Forum
Patrik Huber AUT Nitro, Electric
Andreas Monsberger AUT K2, Vans, Smith
Frederik Austbo NOR Quiksilver, 32
10.Kalle Ohlson SWE Vans, Bataleon