01–04, March 2012
After a memorable 20th edition in 2011, highlighted by the victory of the young rider from St-Gallois, Lucien Koch who won the TTR 5STAR competition with ease at the tender age of
After a memorable 20th edition in 2011, highlighted by the victory of the young rider from St-Gallois, Lucien Koch who won the TTR 5STAR competition with ease at the tender age of 15, the event would like to give a chance to qualify to all young up and coming riders. To do so, a partnership has been put into place between the CHAMPS and Swiss Snowboard thanks to the longtime supporter of snowboarding in Switzerland: NESCAFÉ.
For many years, the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS has included a qualifying event in the program directly before the official TTR 5STAR competition. Often scheduled during the week, these qualification heats were difficult to attend for snowboarders from outside the region and those attending school. In order to remedy this inconvenience and to make it easier to participate, 3 contests will now allow riders to qualify directly for the semi-finals of the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS.
NESCAFÉ CHAMPS QUALI 2012
A first stop is scheduled in Davos-Jakobshorn on January 21st and 22nd; the second in Grindelwald-First on the 11th and 12th of February; and the third in Leysin on February 24th, on the course of the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS TTR 5STAR event. The three qualifying contests are all included in the Swiss Snowboard event calendar, and the first two are also part of the Audi Snowboard Series. The riders who qualify via these 3 events will join the stars invited to the CHAMPS directly in the semi-finals. It is a great launching pad for young Swiss riders, as well as foreign competitors to have a chance to participate in a world-class snowboard competition.
COLLABORATION with the Lowrider Collective from Fribourg
Since the season is just getting into swing, the organizers of the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS are also very proud to unveil the artwork for the poster. It presents a clear connection with the artistic aspects of the event, especially Urban Art, as the CHAMPS are collaborating with the Lowrider collective from Fribourg for the 2012 edition. The graphic package designed by the artists transmits all the values of the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS in Leysin with snowboarding, music and art, of course. The Fribourg crew is also in the spotlight this week at Rock’N’Wall in Fri-Son Fribourg.
To make sure you are caught up on all the freshest news from the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS in Leysin, make sure to stop by the CHAMPS booth at freestyle.ch. Plenty of activities are planned for the public, including a ‘Live Art’ show with the winner of NESCAFÉ Design it!, Nicolas Constantin, who will give an hour long performance on Saturday, September 24th at 3pm. A photography competition will also offer visitors an opportunity to win plenty of cool prizes, including Swatch watches, Billabong gear and lift passes to Leysin. Don’t miss a full weekend of freestyle festivities in Zurich, and your chance to find out everything there is to know about the upcoming snow season.
There is a wild winter full of events on tap for the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS. Make sure to put all of them on your calendar!
NESCAFÉ CHAMPS LEYSIN
Dates: 1-4 MARCH 2012
Type: TTR 5STAR – Slopestyle
Prize Money: 50,000US$
Riders: Men 12 invited – 12 qualified
Women: 6 invited – 6 qualified
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The Place to be: concerts and party area, live art performances
NESCAFÉ CHAMPS QUALI
1. Davos – Jakobshorn (Bolgen)
Type: Audi Snowboard Series TTR 2STAR – Superpipe
1st Men, 1st Men Junior & 1st Women directly qualified for the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS ½ finals
2. Grindelwald First
Type: Audi Snowboard Series Slopestyle
1st Men & 1st Women directly qualified for the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS ½ finals
9 Men & 4 Women directly qualified for the NESCAFÉ CHAMPS ½ finals
More info at www.nescafe-champs.ch