The Atlantic Cup just went down on the Basque Coast of France, more precisely in Anglet where a bunch of pros and other industry types gathered to take a break from snowboarding and kick/chase some balls. It was truly an international showing with people from every corner of the globe coming down. Everyone charged hard and there were probably more sprained ankles, twisted knees and sore calves after last week than an entire season could do to these riders. Despite the pain it was fuckin' awesome, to put it plainly. Here's a bunch of photos!
The Spanish team and their goalie Soren Manzoni aka The Spanish Fly were getting ready for the tournament by surfing swells off Ilbarritz and eating puppy food!
Ethan Morgan was ready despite getting pelted by wind and rain on the first two days, seriously wearing goggles might have been a good idea...
The Spanish Fly was born to play under the 3 posts. He even has footballs for testicles! Look for yourself (no Photoshop!)
Spain's Fidel Alonso, voted the Tournament's Best Player, hanging with Finland's Jari Tuoriniemi, who was unfortunately quickly sidelined with an ankle injury but gave his team pleny of support and hi-fives throughout the Cup
Austria ready for finals day, Jon Weaver's German skills have become so sharp that they consider him a fellow schnitzel now
Apparently the cool thing in snowboarding now is to have kids. Here are some of the young Spanish supporters.
Finland's keeper Henri Kunnas aka The Wall & Finland's courageous captain and agent extraordinaire Ilmo Niittymaki
Sideline chat getting heated with Nike's Brain Craighill, who flew in from the US to dominate, and event organizer/musician/genius Florent de Maria aka "Flonaldo"
Ramon showing off his jambon. As they say about the Spanish, football is their blood, and in their balls!
The rematch between France x Spain in one of the semis didn't bode well for the Spaniards as the Frenchies advanced by a score of 2-1
French keeper Thomas Sarrameda looking out over the field at his team tries to put one past the Spanish
Flonaldo De Maria pounding down the plastic grass with Muller throwing up the defensive tentacles. Photo by Jason Horton
Team Finland (+Rest of the World) drinking beer and picking their pasty white noses on the sidelines, enjoying the Finals and getting some well-needed sun. We didn't win but it was a glorious 5th place Finnish. See what I did there? Photo by Jason Horton
Alluan Riccardi fires off the cannon during the penalty shoot-out that decided the Final of Switzerland x France
After the keepers squared up against each other for the last penalty shots, the French came out on top. Check out that hot pile of French fries!
Allons enfants de la Patrie, le jour de gloire est arrivé! The French take the inaugural edition of The Atlantic Cup on home soil. Bravo les Blues!
Hi-5's to all the players, organizers, sponsors and fans, see you all again next year!
Photos by ADT