The First edition of The Atlantic Cup saw 7 different teams battling against each other on the perfect synthetic field from the Satde de la girouette in Anglet, South West of France.
The different nation team composed by snowboarder or snowboarder activists were Holland led by Cheryl Maas, Finland led by Markku Koskki with the help of some rest of the world player such as Nils Arvidsson and Ethan Morgan, Switzerland led by Nicolas Müller, England led by James Stentiford and Jon Weaver, Austria led by Marco Feichtner, Sani Alibabic, Lars Oesterle and Hasi. Spain led by Iker Fernandez and France led by Mathieu Crepel, Florent de Maria and Sylvain Bourbousson.
After couple day of intense games to sort out which nations would advanced to the final four, Top seed went to Spain team which remains undefeated and impressed everyone with nice collective plays and a lot of efficiency. With the help of Kike Carcelen, Fidel Alonso and Iker Fernandez, they dominated most of the team by more than 5 goals except France, which they defeated by the smallest margin. Switzerland came close second with an extremely well organised defence managed by National Coach Marco Bruni and Olympian Sergio Berger. UK team didn’t disappoint with some slick move, and tough tackles helped by the regular rain, which refreshed the players, Greg Martin, Jon Weaver, Laura Berry, Adam Gendle or the Leigh Brothers went full in. Last spot for the final four went to France, the home team took full advantage of their numerous subs to keep a high energy level in their game. Austria, Finland and Holland although they showed commitment and hearth were going top battle for 5th place.
On the final day, despite strong pain in legs and “unknown till then soar muscles”, players were more motivated than ever. First semi final saw Switzerland with a new arrived player in the name of Iouri Podlatchikov ruled out UK team. As he was injured from previous day, Ed Leigh, famous MC from the snowboard scene took the mic and couldn’t resist to coach the UK team at the same time but it wasn’t enough.
In the other semi final undefeated Spain didn’t resist to French team spirit, Mathieu Crepel scored twice from outside the goalie zone with powerful and sharp shots. 5 minutes before game time, Spain came back in the game with a French auto goal on a cross but they couldn’t manage to score another one.
On the other part of the ranking, Austria was on his way to end up 5th place right before Finland. Holland ended up wooden spoon but promised to come back more prepared next year.
The final of the tournament saw Switzerland and France battling like there were no tomorrow. Switzerland dominates and kept control of the ball most of the time although shots were rare. Sylvain Bourbousson, Enzo Nilo, Aluan Ricciardi resisted more than well to Mario Kappeli, Jan Scherrer, Nico Muller and Iouri Podlatchikov.
After regulation time, teams didn’t score and Switzerland asked for penalty kick as players were exhausted. Pressure was on, most experienced player felt it and didn’t score.
The penalty kick session was epic and revealed the skills of Thomas Sarrameda, the French goalie not only stopped 3 out of 5 of the Swiss attempt but also made his own kick and stopped the Swiss goalie kick to give his team the trophy.
The Atlantic Cup trophy and awards were given at the Beach House for a celebration party close to the Ocean and the pool at Chambre d’amour in Anglet. We hope to see you there next year for the second edition, Thanx to Pippa Sharpe, Brian Craighill and JonWeaver @ Nike, Sophie Gervais @ Carlsberg, H05, Florent de Maria, Ed Leigh, Jason Horton
See you all next year!
Winner - France
First looser - Switzerland
3rd place with Style - Spain
4rth and sunburnt - UK
5th scheisse place - Austria
6th place but not depressed - Finland
Wooden Spoon - Holland
Best player - Fidel Alonso
Best goalie - Marco Bruni
Best striker - Kike Carcelen
Best defender - Sergio Berger
Best poet - Alexis De Tarade
Best referee of the year - Sir Weaver