An unforgettable week at the action-sports melting pot known as the Swatch Nines has been recapped in a new highlight edit. Join a star-studded crew from across the action-sports spectrum at Schilthorn-Piz Gloria in Switzerland and relive all the best moments from the 2023 Swatch Nines presented by Falken.
The new edit showcases the week’s best performers, including sit-skier Jay Rawe (USA) and snowboarder Fridtjof Tischendorf (NOR), who were voted as the MVPs of the Swatch Nines by their peers. This is the first time that an adaptive skier has received this honour at the Nines.
Photo by Markus Fischer
WHAT TO KNOW:
From the 17th to the 22nd of April 2023, the Swatch Nines convened an elite squad of skiers, snowboarders, skateboarders and bikers at the Schilthorn-Piz Gloria in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps.
Over 60 athletes from 14 different countries participated in this multi-disciplinary meeting of the minds.
From sunrise shoots to night sessions, the action ranged from spectacular group hits on the Formation feature to unparalleled skate-meets-snow shots at the skate bowl feature.
The week’s best riders were voted on by their peers in the categories of New Nine, Creative Edge, High Vibe, Best Trick and MVP (see the full list of winners below).
Still need more Nines? Two additional ski and snowboard edits filmed by The Bunch and The Simpson Brothers will be released online on the 9th of May.
Photo by Markus Fischer
Creative Edge: Kai Mahler (SUI, SKI)
GoPro High Vibe: Jakub “Kuba” Hrones (CZE, SNB) & Šimon Bartik (CZE, SKI)
Best Trick (Ski Men): Lukas Müllauer (AUT), Switch Double Cork 1800 Tail
Best Trick (Ski Women): Megan Oldham (CAN), Double Flat 900 Japan
Best Trick (Snowboard Men): Moritz Boll (SUI), Backside Double 1800 Japan
Best Trick (Snowboard Women): Anna Gasser (AUT), Backside Double Cork 1080
MVP (Snowboard): Fridtjof Tischendorf (NOR)
MVP (Ski): Jay Rawe (USA)
Jay Rawe. Photo by Theo Acworth
Jay Rawe (USA), Ski MVP Winner
“Swatch Nines is a magical place. You see these videos that look like they’re from another world, with features shaped in ways that you didn’t even know were possible. It’s not a competition. It’s about doing something bigger, adding an extra spin or an extra grab, being creative in your lines, finding a place that other people have never been to. There’s hardly anyone in the ski and snowboard world who is interested in jumps that doesn’t look at this event. This is the pinnacle of awesomeness.”
Fridtjof Tischendorf. Photo by Theo Acworth
Fridtjof Tischendorf (NOR), Snowboard MVP Winner
“Swatch Nines this year was absolutely incredible. It’s all about passion: passionate people being in the same creative area. I’m tripping out of my mind when I’m riding this beautiful course that was created for us. It’s the most creative Nines I’ve been to so far. Definitely a standout this year was Jay (Rawe) in the sit ski going for the big jumps, doing flairs and 360s and just ripping so hard. Full commitment from this guy.”
Lukas Müllauer. Photo by Markus Fischer
Lukas Müllauer (AUT) Men’s Ski Best Trick Winner
“You can’t compare the vibe at Swatch Nines to anything else. It’s not about performing in bad weather for a contest. It’s about creating great content that showcases the sport, showing off stylish and creative skiing and snowboarding. It’s simply something different. It’s awesome to win Best Trick, because it’s different from a normal contest where you’re getting judged by judges who say who’s first, second and third. It’s way cooler when it’s a bunch of your homies voting for you. That’s much more meaningful.”
Edouard Therriault. Photo by Theo Acworth
Edouard Therriault (CAN, SKI), New Nine Winner
“It’s all about the vibe. At the end of the day, that’s what we’re trying to show to people. It was great to see different crews at the Nines like The Bunch and the Simpson brothers with the free vision to create their videos. They can showcase another side of this event.”
Sam Pilgrim. Photo by Theo Acworth
Sam Pilgrim (GBR, MTB)
“This year they added a wooden skate bowl in the setup for skating and biking, which creates such a good vibe since I was able to join on my bike and do a few tricks too. It’s so special to combine all these sports together. The highlight of my week was riding around in the snow with my bike, carving around and getting chased by some of the snowboarders. It’s a whole week of jamming with your friends, progressing and getting amazing content. I mean, what more could you ask for? The best jumps, the best vibes—it’s just a dream!”
Andy Anderson, Madars Apse & Kim Gubser. Photo by Klaus Polzer
Andy Anderson (CAN, SKT)
“Swatch Nines is such a unique event. It’s so cool to be invited into this snow world as a skateboarder. The energy is so high. Everybody here is a master of their craft who understands how to make their dreams come true. It’s just amazing to be surrounded by such high-level people. And then you have these crazy jumps and the cooperation between freestyle BMX, mountain biking, and skateboarding all included in a snow event… I haven’t seen anything else like this.”
Megan Oldham. Photo by Theo Acworth
Megan Oldham (CAN), Women’s Ski Best Trick Winner
“My week at Swatch Nines was incredible. The course this year was absolutely mind-blowing. The jump was so smooth, which allowed me to learn a new trick that I’m thrilled about. I feel very honored to receive the Best Trick award this year for the women’s ski category and can’t wait to see what next year’s setup brings.”
Anna Gasser. Photo by Markus Fischer
Anna Gasser (AUT), Women’s Snowboard Best Trick Winner
“It was a really cool week. It’s always high energy here. Everyone has just having a good time. Compared to other events, it’s more about riding with friends, having fun and being creative.”
Photo by Markus Fischer
For more information on the Nines, be sure to visit thenines.cc along with following them on social at @thenines.cc.