Seppe Smits clinches Big Air in his hometown

Antwerpen / About 10,000 spectators celebrate their

national hero and his first ever World Cup win

Janne Korpi PHOTO: FIS/Oliver Kraus

Seppe Smits (BEL) has won the FIS Snowboard World Cup big air event in Antwerpen, Belgium. The 22-years-old secured his first ever World Cup win in his hometown in front of some 10,000 fans who not only had overtaken the whole event area at Waagnatie, right at the harbour, but also had flooded the streets next to the venue site.

First place winner Seppe Smits PHOTO: FIS/Oliver Kraus

The main actor of the evening, who had also played a major role in the development of the largest ramp ever used in a Big Air World Cup, fulfilled his dream and the one of the loud and enthusiastic crowd with a winning score of 183.25 points.

Clemens Schattschneider (AUT, 181.50) and Patrick Burgener (SUI, 180) rounded out the podium as second and third respectively.

Seppe Smits takes first at the first World Cup event of the season. Clemens Schattschneider comes in second and Patrick Burgener rounds out the top three. PHOTO: FIS/Oliver Kraus

Key facts

  • First ever World Cup to be hosted in Belgium

  • Biggest big air ramp ever used in the FIS Snowboard World Cup history

  • The twelve finalists showcase varying high class snowboarding at its best

  • Seppe Smits wins his first World Cup, it was his sixth top-3 result in so far 25 World Cup starts

  • Schattschneider secures third top-3 finish

  • Burgener brings home his fifth top-3 result

  • 51 riders from 14 countries

Podium Runs

  • Seppe Smits: backside 1080 double cork und cab 1260 double cork

  • Clemens Schattschneider: switch backside 1260 double cork und backside 1080

  • Patrick Burgener: switch backside 1260 double cork und frontside 1080 double cork

Clemens Schattschneider PHOTO: FIS/Oliver Kraus

Seppe Smits, First: I feel pretty crazy. It’s been insane, the whole contest, the whole event. I’m super happy.

I didn’t expect this. When I came here I was going for a top-3 result. This is just above my expectations. It’s a crazy moment right now.

Clemens Schattschneider, second: It’s unbelievable. Claiming the second spot at the first real contest of the season makes me happy.

The level was insane. I’m super stoked.

Patrick Burgener, third: I’m very glad. Actually, it wasn’t my best day as I felt very tired. But due to a good qualifier heat I was able to proceed directly to the finals. As a consequence, I was able to rest for a while.

Then it went absolutely smooth. I was able to stomp all of my tricks. I did risk a lot. Switch back 1260 and front 1080 are pretty hard.

Patrick Burgener PHOTO: FIS/Oliver Kraus


Final results:

Overall World Cup Standings Snowboard Freestyle: