Dakine Presents the Poney Session 2014

The biggest snowboard contest in France went off this past weekend in the picturesque village of Saint Lary-Soulan, one of the largest ski resorts in the French Pyrenees and home of Victor De Le Rue. The Poney Session has been gathering momentum since 2002, and now that the Euro X Games has threw in the towel Le Poney is the largest annual Snowboarding event in France. Riders from all over the Alpes and Scandinavia turned up for the TTR 4 star event, with 14k prize money.

Petja Piironen wins the Poney Session 2014

Petja Piironen wins the Poney Session 2014

Petja Piironen took home the win. The finalists got 4 runs and best one counted.

The Snowpark at Saint-Lary Soulan, France.

The Snowpark at Saint-Lary Soulan, France.

The course was built up at the Saint-Lary Soulan high above the French Pyrenees. Included a rail plaza at the top, and a double jump line.

Results from the final:

  1. 1-Petja PIIRONEN (Finland) – Taking home 4200€ prize money ($5785)
  2. 2-Eric BEAUCHEMIN (USA) – 2100€
  3. 3-Tyler NICHOLSON (Canada) – 1500€
  4. 4-Morten KLEIVDAL (Norway) – 1000€
  5. 5-Ole Christian HAGEN (Norway) – 800€
  6. 6-Ian THORLEY (USA)
  7. 7-Sebbe DEBBUK (Belgium)
  8. 8-Jonas BOESIGER (Switzerland)
  9. 9-Nuuti NIEMELA (Finland)
  10. 10-Mick CICCARELLI (Canada) – best rookie 500€
  11. 11-Vladislav KHADARIN (Russia)
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Sawyer Dean snagging some crisp Euro bills in the “tricks for cash” session. Back 1 on, switch back 1 off.

The Poney Session also included a couple “Tricks for Cash” sessions on the rail plaza features. Throw down something sick and pick up a crispy Euro note on the lift ride up.

The Picturesque Saint Lary-Soulan, France

The Picturesque Saint Lary-Soulan, France

I teamed up with Dakine riders Ozzy Henning, Sawyer Dean, and Dakine’s Scotty ‘Diesel’ Conerly for the trip across the Atlantic, which conveniently was booked through Barcelona, Spain with a couple days to roll around one of the most famous skate cities in the world. Straight off the plane we skated the streets hitting spots left right and center. More on that to come soon, we filmed a video and documented our Skate/Snow trip through Spain to the French Pyrenees, and we will post that with the story once the video is ready.

Barcelona

Barcelona

Ozzy Henning, Switch Ollie. Barcelona.

Ozzy Henning, Switch Ollie. Barcelona.

Thank you Scotty, Dakine, and the whole Poney Session crew for showing us a great time.