Nine Royals Recap

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Tom Ritsch. Photo by Klaus Polzer

Many of the world’s best female and male skiers and snowboarders came together for the grand finale of the Suzuki Nine Royals at Watles, South Tyrol, Italy on April 1st, 2017. Over the course of two jam sessions, judges determined the winners using a unique format: a combined score of two technical tricks and one style trick. After a week of photo and film sessions, it was Jamie Anderson, Sebbe De Buck, Andri Ragettli and Coline Ballet-Baz who topped the podiums.

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jules Bonnaire. Photo by David Malacrida

In addition to their impressive contest performances, the athletes spent the week perfecting their tricks, pushing the progression of both skiing and snowboarding. Andri Ragettli’s world first quad cork 1800 took skiing to an entirely new level while Jesper Tjäder’s crazy trick lines across the entire feature put a whole new spin on skiing. Meanwhile, Anna Gasser’s cab double cork 900 cemented her place as one of the most progressive riders in women’s snowboarding. Finally, Suzuki Nine Royals newcomer Tyler Nicholson showed off his deep bag of tricks with a massive cab triple cork 1440.

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Tom Ritsch & Taylor Seaton. Photo by Klaus Polzer

Check out all of the crazy contest action along with other event highlights recapping the wild ride that is the Suzuki Nine Royals.

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