Become a Royal ??

By combining the Knights and the Queens for a unified event, the Suzuki Nine Royals will host some of the world’s most talented male and female skiers and snowboarders at Watles, South Tyrol for a week of progressive riding from March 27th to April 1st, 2017.

Since their inception, the Suzuki Nine Knights and Nine Queens have invited young hopefuls to join the ranks with the opportunity to show off their ability and style on a dream feature. This year, the event continues the tradition with the “Become a Royal” Video Competition, which offers a Wildcard in four categories: female snowboarder, female skier, male skier and male snowboarder.

An exciting mix of professional riders will be at the week long progression session including:
               Queens:                                                                       Knights:
               – Emma Dahlström (SWE, ski)                             – Jesper Tjäder (SWE, ski)
               – Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR, snb)                  – Sebbe de Buck (BEL, snb)
               – Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA, ski)                               – David Wise (USA, ski)
               – Anna Gasser (AUT, snb)                                      – Simon Gruber (ITA, snb)

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Elena Könz

Become a Royal – Online Video Competition

For a chance to ride the unreal feature, send your “Become a Royal” edit featuring your best tricks and favourite style on various features. The deadline is February 26th, 2017. More details and all entries on can be found on www.nineknightssnow.com.

Be there to watch the action live during the Public Contest Day on April 1st, 2017 at Watles, South Tyrol in Italy.

Giula Tanno

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Suzuki Nine Royals | Knights and Queens Unite

Since its inception, the Suzuki Nine Knights & Queens events have served as a platform enabling the best freeskiers—and eventually snowboarders—to develop and capture their most creative and technical riding. In the spring of 2017 the Knights and Queens will unite for the very first time in picturesque Watles, South Tyrol in Italy, to form the Suzuki Nine Royals. The invited female and male professional athletes will progress themselves and their sports on a huge snow castle for a week of photo and film shoots, beginning on the 27th of March and culminating with the Public Contest day on April 1st, 2017.

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The Suzuki Nine Knights began in 2008 as a progressive men’s freeski event; in 2011 the Suzuki Nine Queens was conceived to provide women their own platform. Three years later snowboarding was added to the ever-evolving concept. “We are always trying to find new ways to push the envelope and keep it fresh for the athletes”, explains event founder Nico Zacek. “Now we want to bring the Knights and Queens together for the first time, inspiring each other with technical tricks, style, and positive vibes.”

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Simon Gruber

Keri Herman

Keri Herman

Longtime Queen Kjersti Østgaard Buaas reiterates the success of the unique concept, “The vibes are so good; the riders’ safety, wishes and needs are always prioritized. You truly feel like a royal! I’m stoked to be able to feed off the new energy and creativity while riding the same feature as the guys.”

David Wise, who broke the Highest Air on a Hip World Record at Suzuki Nine Knights 2016, agrees: “I have experienced first hand the unique vibes that the men and women contribute to an event like this. The ladies tend to be a little more creative and the men tend to be a little more reckless so this year’s going to be really fun and interesting.”

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The new Royals Castle is specifically designed for the occasion and includes two massive big air kickers, two hips, countless transition options, redirects and jib options. Stay tuned for more information on the Suzuki Nine Royals, the event that will produce jaw-dropping imagery while propelling the limits of skiers and snowboarders of both genders to the next level.


Highlights of the Week

The main mission of Suzuki Nine Queens is charging ahead by pushing the progression of women’s skiing and snowboarding. The recipe is simple: a perfectly shaped gigantic setup, top athletes and good vibes. 2016 was no exception and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Austria saw a fantastic week of action with a few cloudy jib days, a glorious sunrise shoot, a Big Air contest and many sunset sessions on the snow chateau from the 13th to 18th of March.

The smiley Klaudia Medlova (SVK) was peer-voted “Ruler of the week” honouring her ability to push her boundaries focusing on technique and style, this week landing her first corked frontside 1080.

Klaudia Medlova

Klaudia Medlova

Riding hard from the get go she also charged the jib session stomping trick after trick on the rail setup with 15-year old Hailey Langland (USA) another rider who turned heads with her solid style.

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Hailey Langland

Austria’s Anna Gasser (AUT), fresh back from injury, not only won the big air contest, but impressed by stomping a backside 900 on her one warm up day, then landed a double cork 1080 after the contest.

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Anna Gasser

Sarka Pancochova (CZE) and Anna “Panka” Gyarmati (HUN) were firing up on the kicker along with Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR). In addition to putting 100% into her riding and landing massive tricks such as a frontside 1080, Buaas inspired and supported fellow riders and newcomers, embodying the camaraderie of this event. “It’s so touching to see that there are so many riders coming up and very humbling to see that I can have an impact on their progression.” She also mentioned the importance the event has had on women’s skiing and snowboarding exclaiming, “I love this event!”

Though all of the girls threw down technical and stylish tricks throughout the week, it was Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) who took home the coveted, peer-voted “Ruler of the Week” title. She pushed herself to learn a cork 900 blunt to safety, and later on, in the competition, moved onto land her first left 900 tail to tail.

Coline Ballet-Baz

Coline Ballet-Baz

Zuzana Stromkova (SVK) made a mark in freeski history with her flatpin 1080, a never-before-seen trick (in women’s skiing), while Emma Dahlstöm (SWE) landed her personal first switch 1080.

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Emma Dahlstrom

Style master Keri Herman (USA), who has never missed the event placed second in the Big Air contest after 17 year- old Swiss rookie Giulia Tanno said, ”The girls are trying new tricks, landing new tricks, and their personal progression here is always next level. There’s nothing like this anywhere else. Nine Queens is set up in a way that can really progress our skiing.”

Johanne Killi

Johanne Killi

Suzuki Nine Queens successfully wrapped up, next, the men take on the Suzuki Nine Knights – “The Perfect Hip” in a new location in Watles in South Tyrol from March 29th to April 2nd, 2016.


Photo Contest Winners

Without further ado, we are pleased to reveal the outcome of the 2016 Suzuki Nine Queens photo contest. The three invited photographers; Flo Breitenberger, Dasha Nosova, and Ilanna Barkusky joined us for the many shoots (sunset, sunrise, competition) during the week documenting the riders and the huge castle from every angle. To celebrate their work, the photo competition gave out awards for the  ‘Best Action Shot’,Best Creative Angle’, ‘Best Illumination’ and “Most Unreasonable” categories. Each artist submitted two images per category from the event week to be judged by their peers.

These photos are only allowed to be published on www.ninequeens.com and are NOT to be posted anywhere else. Please respect the photo rights!

Best Action Winner:
Dasha Nosova

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Best Creative Angle:
-Florian Breitenberger

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3.Best Illumination
– Ilanna Barkusky

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3. Most Unreasonable
Dasha Nosova

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ALL SUBMISSIONS:

1.Best Action–Dasha Nosova

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2.Creative Angle–Dasha Nosovacreative_nosova
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3.Best Illumination–Dasha Nosovaillumination_nosova2 illumination_nosova

2.Most Unreasonable–Dasha Nosovaunreasonable_nosova3 unreasonable_nosova2

1.Best Action–Flo Breitenberger
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2.Creative Angle–Flo Breitenberger
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3.Best Illumination–Flo Breitenberger
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4.Most Unreasonable–Flo BreitenbergerLife_Style_Monst_Unreasonable_02 Life_Style_Monst_Unreasonable_01

1.Best Action–Ilanna Barkusky
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2.Most Creative–Ilanna Barkusky
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3.Best Ilumination–Ilanna Barkusky
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 1.Most Unreasonable–Ilanna Barkusky
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The Winners of the Week

An event such as the Suzuki Nine Queens wouldn’t be complete without reliving all of the excitement of the week and rewarding those involved during the legendary gala dinner. Using the peer-review system, all photos and athlete performances were judged by the photographers and the athletes themselves, ensuring that only the best were awarded prizes. Right off the bat, the mood was very festive, ensuring a good time for everyone involved.

The three invited photographers, Flo Breitenberger, Dasha Nosova, and Ilanna Barkusky collected a variety of images throughout the week and each submitted 2 photos for the following categories: ‘Best Action Shot’,Best Creative Angle’, ‘Best Black and White Photo’ and ‘The Most Unreasonable’.

For the athletes, the following categories were up for grabs: ‘Best Style’, ‘Best GoPro Moment’, and ‘Ruler of the Week’.

Photographer Awards
For the first time in Nine Queens history, the Best Action Shot was a tie between all three invited photographers thanks to their incredible shots. Because only one winner could be chosen, their second photo options were taken into account, awarding Dasha Nosova the prize for this category. Thanks to the photo she took of Kjersti and Emma flying over the kicker from inside the gap, Dasha won herself a sweet Suzuki special edition Nine Queen surfboard.

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Meanwhile, the Best Creative Angle went to Flo Breitenberg for his photo of a skier hitting the kicker while using a snow-globe as a lens. For this great shot, Flo was awarded a Suzuki special edition Nine Queen surfboard to take on his next trip.

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Best Illumination went to the youngest photographer of the group, 21-year-old Ilanna Barkusky. Her photo of Kjersti during the sunrise session was definitely a crowd pleaser and also won her a surfboard to use when she heads back to Vancouver.

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For her second win of the night, Dasha Nosonova took home the Most Unreasonable Moment thanks to her photo of Klaudia Medlova tearing down the run-in with at least 8 GoPros on. Thanks to this award, she got to take home a Völk splitboard in addition to the surfboard.

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Rider Awards
Thanks to their incredible performances during Friday’s Contest, Giulia Tanno and Anna Gasser were crowned the Big Air Champions and were each awarded a week-long stay at a surfcamp in Portugal compliments of Blue Tomato. Surf’s up!

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Giulia Tanno

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Anna Gasser

Meanwhile, event newbie Maggie Voisin was awarded “Best Style” by her fellow athletes for all of the super clean tricks she put down during the week. This earned her an surfweekend in Hossegor powered by Monster Energy.

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Maggie Voisin

Hailey Langland, a rookie who fellow snowboarders have named her the next wave of style for women’s snowboarding. Because Hailey was not present at the time, Kjersti helped pick up the check! She will be joining Maggie on the Monster surfweekend in Hossegor.

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Kjersti Buaas AKA Hailey Langland

Kjersti also made use of her time on the stage by receiving the award for Best GoPro Photo thanks to photographer Markus Fischer, with whom she celebrated this honor. For this shot, Kjersti took home a 1,500 Euro check.

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Kjersti Buaas and the GoPro Team

For the skiers, this award was given to Johanne Killi who had been stomping all of her tricks before injuring herself the day before the Big Air Competition. She will also be making great use of the 1,500 Euros!

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Johanne Killi

Though all of the girls threw down technical and stylish tricks throughout the week, the standout for the skiers was Coline Ballet-Baz who took home the prize as the Ruler of the Week for her killer skiing. She was super stoked to win a Suzuki  special edition Nine Queens surfboard to use this summer.

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Coline Ballet-Baz

Meanwhile, the Ruler of the Week among the snowboarders was given to last year’s wildcard winner Klaudia Medlova for her incredible performance this week, including nailing her corked frontside 1080. As with Coline, Klaudia took home a Suzuki special edition surfboard (photo above).

Thanks girls for making this week absolutely epic! We’ll see you next year!

Next up the male version of the event takes place in Watles, South Tyrol, Italy from the 28th of March to the 2nd of April. The Suzuki Nine Knights will see both skiers and snowboarders throw down on the Perfect Hip!! So stay tuned on www.nineknightssnow.com and follow us on instagram and FB @nine knights


Big Air Contest Recap

Confirming its rightful place as the most progressive event in women’s skiing and snowboarding the Suzuki Nine Queens Big Air contest day saw incredible performances from the invited riders. Set in Serfaus-Fiss- Ladis, Austria, the week of photo shoots wrapped up with a jam session format competition, wherein the two best runs determined the 2016 winner. Austrian superstar snowboarder Anna Gasser made a surprise comeback after a 10 week-long injury, triumphantly taking first place while 17 year-old Swiss rookie skier Giulia Tanno came out on top for the skiers.

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Anna Gasser’s strong riding style and mastery of technical tricks earned her a first place with her massive Cab 900 and backside 720. To round out her performance, she stomped a cab double underflip after her last scored run. Stoked on the event, she said, “The jump is perfect for trying new stuff; that’s why I was able to do so much with one day of training. This is a really important event for women’s skiing and snowboarding because of the energy here. Everyone is stoked, and the no-pressure situation really helps us ride better.”

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Second place was shared between last year’s winner Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR) who landed a stylish frontside 720 and a backside 540 and Klaudia Medlova (SVK), who stomped a backside rodeo, a frontside 720 chicken salad, and her first-ever corked frontside 1080 in a post-competition hit. Rookie Hailey Langland (USA) turned heads with style and amplitude, rounding out the podium with her clean corked backside 540 shifty and frontside 360 shifty.

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Throughout the week Giulia Tanno (SUI) was consistently putting down her tricks, and in the contest her winning tricks included a huge switch 1080 tail grab and a left cork 720 safety grab. “It’s so amazing to be on the podium. I wouldn’t have expected this at the beginning of the week. We’ve all been traveling for 3 months to compete, and this is the best week of the season”, she said beaming with joy. Maggie Voisin (USA) earned second place with a technical left cork 900 tail grab and stylish switch left 540 ghetto grab. In third, Keri Herman (USA), a 6-time Suzuki Nine Queens veteran, went big with a switch lead japan and a right cork 720 tindy grab. Though not on the podium, Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) and Zuzana Stromkova (SVK) both accomplished personal firsts today; Coline with her left 900 tail to tail and Zuzana with her first flatspin 1080, a never-before-seen trick in women’s skiing. “I had the perfect day, and the jump was so good. I was really motivated to try a new trick.”

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Giulia Tanno

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Zuzana stromkova

The incredible contest day truly demonstrated one of the main aspects of the Suzuki Nine Queens, progression. Next, the men will be heading to Watles in South Tyrol for the Suzuki Nine Knights – Perfect Hip to innovate hip and transfer riding. The event runs from March 29th to April 2nd, 2016.

 


Big Air Results

With bluebird skies, the Suzuki Nine Queens Big Air Public Day went down with incredible results. Find them below:

SNOWBOARDING:
1st: Anna Gasser (AUT)
2nd: Klaudia Medlova (SLO)
2nd: Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR)
4th: Hailey Langland (USA)
5: Elena Könz (SUI)
6: Julia Baumgartner (AUT)

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Photo: David Malacrida

SKI:
1st: Giulia Tanno (SUI)
2nd: Maggie Voisin (USA)
3rd: Keri Herman (USA)
4th: Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA)
5th: Suzana Stromkova (SLO)

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Photo: David Malacrida

Full report coming soon!


Sunrise to Sunset

The Pistenbully snowcats packed with riders and media headed up the mountain at 4am ready for the first rays of sun at 6.30. The shoot begun as the darkness lifted and as the sun made a glorious return and the riders took full advantage of the incredible sunrise. The photos speak for themselves.
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The afternoon saw a progression session basking in the sun, where skier Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) styled it out with a cork 9 blunt to safety, a trick she has been working on throughout the week. Emma Dahlstöm (SWE) has been on fire all week and stomped her personal first switch 10, fingers crossed she show it in competition tomorrow.

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Coline Ballet-Baz

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Emma Dahlström

On the snowboarding side saw a surprise appearance by Austria’s Anna Gasser fresh back from an injury.  She turned heads, going huge, oozing motivation to work on her backside tricks and stomping a sweet bs 900. Klaudia Medlova (SVK) landed her personal first frontside ten, but was not 100% happy with it…lets see if she will go for it  in the Big Air competition tomorrow Friday 18th of March.

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Klaudia Medlova

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Klaus Polzer (our second event photographer), Klaudia Medlova


Go Pro Moment Jib Train

The world class invited female skiers and snowboarders were making use of the full course at the the Suzuki Nine Queens, putting on a fun party train on the multifaceted jib feature in Serfaus – Fiss – Ladis, Austria. Shot 100% GoPro.

Going Wild on the Jib Feature

As snowflakes and strong winds postponed today’s session to the afternoon, the girls spent the morning in a yoga class led by their fellow queen Dania Assaly (CAN). Once properly warmed up, they headed up to the castle under a bright blue sky. The winds remained strong, making hitting the kicker impossible, so the entire crew spent their session on the jib feature, and absolutely slayed it.

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Coline Ballet-Baz by David Malacrida

For the skiers, Katie Summerhayes (GBR) was all about getting a new trick dialed, rightist 540 nose to tail tap over the bridge. After not getting it around perfectly on the first few tries, she used all the feedback she had received from the other girls and totally stomped it by her 6th try.

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Emma Dalhstrom By David Malacrida

Emma Dalhström (SWE) was also riding hard, mastering a stylish handdrag 180 over the bridge to the delight of photographers and filmers alike.Meanwhile, Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) was sending it on the Buff jib feature, earning her multiple cheers from onlookers with her switch 2 bonk to disaster.

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Hailey Langland by David Malacrida

The snowboarders were also sending it all day with the duo of Hailey Langland (USA) and Klaudia Medlova (SVK) hitting the downrails at the same time, getting the perfect shot. Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR) was also on fire, using the bridge to perfect her butters, including a nose press 360.

1st photo: Kjerti Buaas


GoPro Course Preview

The Suzuki Nine Queens 2016 in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria has officially kicked off. Continuing her tradition of being the first to hit the feature, Emma Dalhström (SWE, ski) did not disappoint with her first tricks on this year’s castle. In the GoPro Course preview, she and style master Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR, snb) sample the offerings of the huge chateau with fellow world-class skiers including Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA, ski), Keri Herman (USA, ski) and top snowboarders such as Sarka Pancochova (CZE) and Anna “Panka” Gyarmati (HUN). Shot 100% on GoPro.  A week of riding this insane feature means epic tricks for Contest Day Friday March 18th, 2016.

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Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) by Klaus Polzer/The Distillery

 

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Keri Herman (USA) by David Malacrida/The Distillery

 

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Sarka Pancochova (CZE) by David Malacrida/The Distillery

 

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Anna “Panka” Gyarmati (HUN) by David Malacrida/The Distillery

1st Photo: Emma Dalhström (SWE) by Klaus Polzer/The Distillery

Castle in the clouds

Cloudy weather didn’t stop the eager riders from keep their riding mojo strong while at the chateau. Panka Gyarmati (HUN, snb) a new member of the Queens family, was stoked on how motivated everyone was during what was supposed to be a mellow session, and definitely rode hard, getting her switch tricks down and her style grabs tweaked.

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Anna Gyarmati

Meanwhile, Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) was all about dialling down her lazyboy 360s, and should be getting the grabs down by Friday.

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Coline Ballet-Baz

As the weather started coming in, the girls moved on to the rails just in time to see Johanne shine, stomping a K-Fed on the downrail and Katie Summerhayes nailing a 270 out. Meanwhile, newcomer Hailey Langland (USA) impressed the onlookers with her rail mastery on the down flat down. The day ended with a fun group shot session on the bridge of the jib feature meant specifically for butters and bonks.

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hailey langland

 


First day of sunshine

Glorious sunshine exploded onto the Suzuki Nine Queens course in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. After the few over-night adjustments had been made to increase the speed of the run-in to the kicker,  the snowboarders finally had the speed they needed. Newbie snowboard queens Sarka Pankochova (CZE) and Hailey Langland (USA) put on notable performances while Suzuki Nine Queens veteran Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR) put in a hundred runs, getting her methods dialed to the T, continuously steezing it out.

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Panka Gyamarti was also going for gold.

Among the skiers, newcomer Johanne Killy (NOR) was one of the standout riders of the day, sending it hard on every run, solidifying her place in the group with crazy stylish 900 tail grabs, and floaty switch 720s.
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Meanwhile, veteran queen Emma Dalhstöm (SWE) made use of every single feature, from the main kickers to and tower jump through the tunnel on the main feature, to the bridge and Buff-Cube to flatbox and downbox on the jib feature.

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Warm-up at the chateau

Arrival DAY :
The riders were slowly flowing into Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and wasting no time they headed straight up on the mountain to check out the 2016 chateau! Everyone smiling and pumped with a super friendly ambience a mellow warm-up session opened the Suzuki Nine Queens 2016. The clouds remained hanging,but that did bother the riders and Katie Summerhayes even stomped a 10! A few speed adjustments will be made for the first full day of action tomorrow. Stay Tuned for the GoPro Course Preview dropping tomorrow!

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Virtual Tour of Chateau

The guys at VirtualTour.at have produced this ingenious tool for everyone to virtually visit the Suzuki Nine Queens snow chateau. Get transported to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Austria and get the aerial view or climb up to one of the towers and glare down the castle mote to really get the feeling of how truly immense the feature really is. Top snowboarders and skiers like Jenny Jones (GBR) Klaudia Medlova (SVK), Keri Herman (USA) and Emma Dahlström (SWE) will be shooting the week commencing the 13th of March, culminating in the Public Contest Day on Friday 18th of March 2016.


3D designs and riders 2016

The construction of the 2016 Suzuki Nine Queens castle has begun in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria. The 3D models will be transformed into snow ready for the all-female supersession taking place 13th to 18th of March 2016.

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Keri Herman

“Become a Queen” Video Contest Winners
Joining the world’s best, invited skiers and snowboarders are the “Become a Queen” online video competition winners Johanne Killi (NOR, Ski) and Julia Marino (USA, Snb) who demonstrated solid technique, style and creativity. Don’t miss the Big Air Contest on Friday, 18th of March.

The 2016 Castle
Each year the unique feature, built by the experts from Schneestern, finds different ways to challenge the riders. This year the nearly 25 meter wide main castle boasts a total of five take-offs, with two main booters measuring 21m form the lip to the knuckle, two step-ups and a smaller kicker through the tower. The hexagon shape jib feature is centred around a draw-bridge jib surrounded with a gap to down box, a double rail stair-set and 2 fun quarters.

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The Riders
Returning to the top of the castle are snowboard extraordinaires Jenny Jones (GBR) and Jamie Anderson (USA) as well as, Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR), last year’s winner, who is currently turning heads showing her all-round skills on the Freeride World Tour.

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Jamie Anderson

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Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas

Emma Dahlström (SWE) who has been collecting medals on the freeski circuit is back along with Keri Herman (CAN), Kaya Turski (CAN) and many more.

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Lisa Zimmermann

Mixing it up with fresh talent, there are the first-time queens, such snowboarders Hailey Langland (USA) and Katie Ormerod (GBR) who stomped a world first 1080 double cork (2014), and young-gun skiers Maggie Voisin (USA) and Guilia Tanno (SUI) who recently was 2nd at the U.S Grand Prix.

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Suzuki Nine Queens – The Concept
The event, now in its 6th year, will host various shoots during the week, including sunset and sunrise sessions, creating stunning photos and videos. In addition, the invited photographers Flo Breitenberger (GER), Dasha Nosova (RUS) and Ilana Barkusky (CAN) will be competing for best photo in various categories. Creating a unique feature for the athletes to ride without pressure is the idea behind the event, leading to incredible performances, which progress the sport. The Big Air Contest wraps up the week and is the “showtime”, where the best action takes place. See you there!

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RIDERS SKI:
Dania, Assaly, CAN
Coline Ballet-Baz, FRA
Emma Dahlström, SWE
Keri Herman, USA
Johanne Killi, NOR
Tiril Sjastaad Christiansen, NOR
Zuzana Stromkova, SLO
Katie Summerhayes, GBR
Guilia Tanno, SUI
Kaya Turski, CAN
Maggie Voisin, USA
Lisa Zimmermann, GER

RIDERS SNOWBOARD

Jamie Anderson, USA
Julia Baumgartner, AUT
Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas, NOR
Anna Gyarmati, HUN
Sarka Pancochova, CZE
Jenny Jones, GBR
Elena Könz, SUI
Hailey Langland, USA
Stefi Luxton, NZE
Julia Marino, USA
Klaudia Medlova, SVK
Katie Ormerod, GBR
Christy Prior, NZE
Birgit Rofner, AUT
Olya Smeshlivaya, RUS

Instagram: instagram.com/nineknights/ #ninequeens  @nineknights
Facebook: facebook.com/ninequeens

The male version of the event, the Suzuki Nine Knights, embarks on its first “Mission” to create the “Perfect Hip” in Watles in South Tyrol, Italy, running 29th of March to 2nd of April 2016.


Become a Queen 2016


The Suzuki Nine Queens has made its name as an event where the world’s best female skiers and snowboarders gather for a unique session on a life-size snow castle featuring a massive kicker. The picturesque resort, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Austria will play host to a week of sunset and sunrise shoots starting the 13th of March leading up to the Big Air Contest on Friday 18th of March, 2016, a day not to miss. Do you have what it takes to ride with the queens? Send in your edit to the “Become a Queen” online video competition.

Katie Summerhayes & Nikki Blackall

Katie Summerhayes & Nikki Blackall

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria
Dates: 13th – 18th of March 2016
Public Contest Day: Friday 18th March 2016
Become a Queen – Online Video Competition.

Emma Dahlström

Emma Dahlström

The Become a Queen – online video competition 
For a chance to join the elite snowboarders such as Jenny Jones (GBR), Jamie Anderson (USA) and Kjersti Buaas-Ostgaard (NOR), as well as top skiers Emma Dahlström (SWE) and Lisa Zimmermann (GER) the “become a Queen” jury will be handing out 1-2 wild cards. To partake, send in a 2 minute edit showing off your best tricks with some serious airtime, technique and style on various obstacles. The deadline is the 18th of February 2016. Find full details and all the entries on HERE.

Kjersti Buaas

Kjersti Buaas


A glance at Suzuki Nine Queens

The 6th edition of the event will again push the boundaries of snow construction with a multifaceted feature boasting massive kickers, rails and tunnels. The fun and pressure-free environment sets out push the progression of the sport and in past events many personal firsts, as well as world first tricks have been seen.

klaudia medlova

Klaudia Medlova

In 2015 young Klaudia Medlova (SVK, snb) turned heads by stomping a backside double rodeo 900 and Jamie Anderson (USA, snb) landed her first Frontside 1080. In 2014 Lisa Zimmermann nailed a world first double cork 1260 in competition while in 2011 Kaya Turski (CAN, ski) landed a world premiere Switch 1080 preformed by a female. Lets see what’s in store for 2016!
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Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

Part of the event series is also Suzuki Nine Knights for the male skiers and snowboarders. This year something new is being concocted, so stay tuned for more information in the New Year.


GoPro Highlight

Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson (USA) was one of the athletes landing new tricks including a cab 1080 during the infamous week of progression at the 2015 Suzuki Nine Queens in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria. Locking in a world’s first was also fellow snowboarder Klaudia Medlova (SVK) with her lofty double backside Rodeo 900 mute. Skiers Silvia Bertagna (ITA) and Lisa Zimmermann (GER) pushed the limits once again, with Lisa stomping a Switch Double 1080 Safety, another big claim of a world premiere.

 

Tricks landed in this clip:

Jaimie Anderson:
Switch Back 900
Cab 1080
Frontside 1080

Klaudia Medlova:
Double Backside Rodeo 900
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Tricks landed in this clip:

Jaimie Anderson:
Switch Back 900
Cab 1080
Frontside 1080

Klaudia Medlova:
Double Backside Rodeo 900


FULL Week wrap up!

“Best female session of all time” – Spencer O’Brien (CAN, snb)

”I honestly believe that this is the most progression that freeskiing and snowboarding has seen in a week, ever.” – Emma Dahlström (swe, ski)

Creating a massive Big Air with a long steep landing and inviting some of the world’s best female freeskiers and snowboarders for a week-long supersession seems to be the recipe for progression, at least for the Suzuki Nine Queens 2015. The castle-feature rising tall at the picturesque spot in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis resort in Austria, saw the riders get inspired, having fun and pushing their riding. Four new tricks were documented by invited filmmakers and photographers from all angles, along with too many personal firsts to list them all.

With winds slowing down the first few days, the focus was on jibbing and fun sessions in dirndls (traditional Austrian dresses). It was the first sunrise shoot where the snowboarders started firing out trick after trick. Earning her the peer-voted title “Ruler of the week” Jamie Anderson (USA) kicked things off by landing her personal first frontside 1080, later matched by both Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR) and Silvia Mittermueller (GER). Jamie went on to land a cab 1080 and a switch backside 900 with her signature style, both documented tricks for the first time ever. Beaming with content she explains, “I haven’t learned a new trick in a while so I’m stoked,“ explaining, “It’s hard to be pushing yourself the sport you love so much and it’s scary at times.”

Suzuki Nine Queens – Day 4 Sunrise Session

Photo: Klaus Polzer ; Rider: Spencer O’Brien

Next it was the turn of young-gun Klaudia Medlova (SVK) who bagged the “O’Neill Unreasonable Moment” with mad props for landing a world premier backside rodeo 900 mute. Having tried it five years prior she explains her motivation to try the trick, “This jump is so perfect. I felt super safe and the landing was soft, so I knew it would be the moment to try it.”

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Photo: Klaus Polzer ; Aimee Fuller

During the week Spencer O’Brien (CAN) also matched Jamie’s switch backside 900 and upped the ante by showing us her two more versions of the trick, also Jenny jones (GBR) was also one to jump on the 9-train.

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Photo: Klaus Polzer ; Rider: Klaudia Medlova

Kjersti, who took the Big Air title, as well as, “best style” and “best snb GoPro moment” has a long career behind, and she was impressed, ”I’m so proud to be a part of this session and see a lot of tricks for the first time in history. It’s looking really good too; not hucking, but good style and control.” Agreed!

Suzuki Nine Queens – Day 3

Photo: Klaus Polzer ; Riders: Emilia Wint, Emma Dahlström, Jaimee Anderson, Kjersti Buaas, Maude Raymond

Freeski “Ruler of the Week” Emma Dahlsröm caught the attention of her peers by going huge and stylish all week, with her “first-on last-off the kicker”-attitude and throwing down cork 900 tails and even trying the switch 1080. “I just don’t want this to end,“ she said stoked on the week. The girls were amped pushing each other throughout the week and during the contest, we saw young German freeskier Lisa Zimmermann take her third consecutive title showing her technical mastery and adding another banger in her big bag of tricks when she stomped a world’s first switch left side double 1080, now mastering both directions.

Suzuki Nine Queens – Day 5 Heli Session

Photo: Klaus Polzer ; Riders: Devin Logan, Lisa Zimmermann

The always-smiling Keri Herman (USA) earned herself the coveted award “Best style” with tweaked-out, long grabs in her smooth switch 900s and forward 900s, which is sure show also in the photos. Italian Silvia Bertagna showed her skills by landing a 1080 tailgrab, being not only one of the only few girls out there to land this trick she added her signature style to it. Katie Summerhayes (GBR), who also nailed a 1080 (japan) and moved on to try the 1260 in the competition, summed up the week nicely, “A perfect jump like this and excellent conditions, having all of the girls up there just pushing you, it’s something else. It’s so special.” Looking forward to see Katie stomp that trick at the next Suzuki Nine Queens.

Suzuki Nine Queens – Day 2

Photo: Klaus Polzer, Rider: Silvia Bertagna

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Winners of the week: www.ninequeens.com/the-winners-of-the-week-3/

Next up is the Suzuki Nine Knights where the snowboarders will be joining the freeskiers for the first time ever. Stay tuned for news from Mottolino Fun Mountain Livigno, Italy on the 5th to the 10th of April 2015.


Photo Contest Winners 2015

Without further ado, we are pleased to reveal the outcome of the 2015 Suzuki Nine Queens photo contest. The four invited photographers; Christophe Schöch, Mirja Geh, Flo Breitenberger and Vanessa Andrieux  joined us for the many shoots (heli, sunset, sunrise, competition) during the week documenting the riders and the huge castle from every angle. To celebrate their work  the photo competition gave awards for the  ‘Best Action Shot’,Best Creative Angle’, ‘Best Black and White Photo’ and “O’Neill Unreasonable” categories. Each artist submitted two images per category from the event week to be judged by their peers.

These photos are only allowed to be published on www.ninequeens.com and are NOT to be posted anywhere else. Please respect the photo rights!

Best Action Winner:

Florian Breitenberger

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The Winners of the Week

An event like the Suzuki Nine Queens wouldn’t be complete without an incredible gala evening to hand out all of the prizes. Thanks to the peer-voting system, all awards were decided upon by the riders themselves, crediting the athletes and photographers who put out the most impressive performances this week. This was a night to celebrate the incredibly successful event, and the festivities started in style with a Coline vs. Aimee dance-off  with the DJ’s pumping out the tunes. The atmosphere was jolly to say the least! (Check out photo gallery on our Facebook)

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Devin Logan vs. Coline Ballet-Baz

Suzuki Nine Queens 2015 saw some of the wolrd’s best freeskiers throw down in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria!

The new #Monstershowdown let’s you decide the winner between two uber stylish tricks. This time we’ve got Devin Logan (USA) taking on Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) with a rodeo 540 japan vs. a stale to safety 540! Watch the video and cast your vote.

Post #ninequeens then #Monstershowdown #Devin or #Monsteshowdown #Coline to let us know which trick you prefer!

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Big Air Contest Recap

Without a doubt, the Suzuki Nine Queens 2015 in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria has made its mark on female freeski and snowboard history, with many personal firsts and some never before landed tricks. The weeklong session ran from 15th to the 20th of March 2015 and featured heli, sunset, and sunrise shoots, as well as the final showdown, the Big Air Contest. During the contest, we saw young German freeskier Lisa Zimmermann take her third consecutive title, while Norwegian style queen Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas came out on top of the snowboarders.

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DAY 5 – It’s A Wrap!

With the final event gala and prize ceremony for all awards (photography, GoPro Moment, and O’Neill #unreasonable) taking place tonight, the Suzuki Nine Queens will soon come to an end, and what an incredible week it’s been in Serfaus-Fiss Ladis. Following the rate of progression from the previous days, the girls sent it one last time for the Final Big Air event on Day 5. For the contest, more bluebird skies and warm temperatures set up the scene for the girls sessionning the castle.
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DAY 3 – Sunrises and Sunsets

skiTiril Sjastaad Christiansen, Photo: David Malacrida

Day 3 of the Suzuki Nine Queens event is another one for the books! Beginning their day with a 3:30am wake up call, the girls loaded into snowcats to make their way to the castle for a sunrise photo session. As the sun began to rise, the girls really stepped up their game. From slow and stylish 180s, to airy 3s and massive 7s, the skiers sent it hit after hit, putting on an impressive show for the many skilled photographers and filmers determined to get their shots. The snowboarders were equally upping the stakes, stomping multiple huge 9s and impressive 10s, and generally putting down solid tricks. Continue reading