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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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