There were many reasons to celebrate at the gala night of Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill. The awards winners were nominated through peer voting, with the focus throughout of creativity, progression and fun. The riders were buzzing after an excellent heli-shoot session and in a elated mood, watched their footage and photos from the week to vote for “Best GoPro shot”, “Best style” and “Overall” skier and snowboarder of the week.
An integral part of Nine Queens is the photorapher’s awards. The four invited photographers Eleonora Raggi (ITA), Christoph Schöch (GER), Alex Papis (AUT) and Nate Abbot (USA) spent the week working closely together with the riders to ensure that the top notch riding and epic set-up was documented in style. The photographers chose the categories for themselves; Best Action, Best Illumination, Best Group Action and Best Lifestyle.
The room was full of dancing and cheering as the preroll of the event footage kicked in, and the heavy baseline pumped as the weeks action rolled out in front of the girls. Beloved event director, Nico Zacek hyped the crowd, and began presenting the photographers.PHOTOGRAPHERS
These guys deserve mad props as they were crazy dedicated hiking the course with incredibly heavy backpacks, editing late into the night and some even climbed ski lift pilons to get their best shots. In the spirit of the event the cool as cucumber photographers were sometimes shooting side by side and helping each other, bouncing ideas just like the riders!
Photos will be published soon on http://www.ninequeens.com. Stay tuned!
Best action shot was awarded to the extremely talented and LOVELY Eleonora Raggi, who was ecstatic to receive a new Völkl split board. And, yes it was Eleonora who climbed the pilon to get a unique angle of the course.
Christoph Schöch, is a fun loving guy and it shows in his lifestyle shot, featuring the all-Italian food; spagetti and some of the riders. His custom Surf Board from Suzuki will surely go to good use!
An avid surfer Alex Papis could not have been more stoked to win an O’Neill wetsuit for his outstanding photo in the “Best Group” category. See you in the waves Alex!
The delighted Nate Abbot will be heading to Red Bull X- Fighters 2014 in Madrid, nailing the “Best Illumination” category with his striking image showing his uncanny ability and vision to capture the true beauty of a moment, and highlighting the action.
What an incredible group of skiers and snowboarders we had this year! They were so pumped, making the most of the opportunity and pushing for the progression of the sport. Thanks girls for your efforts! What a great introduction of snowboarding to the Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill.
Klaudia Medlova (Snb) and Keri Herman (Ski) were voted best style! These girls won’t miss a grab, tweak it to the max, and just generally make you go “NIIICE!” Congrats girls! Both received O’Neill wetsuits!
Taking home the “Best Overall Snowboarder“ category is a cherry on top of an awesome season for Isabel Derungs (SUI), she rode consistently throughout the week with style and poise, pushing herself with that “let’s do it” attitude and a big smile. She will be heading to the Red Bull X- Fighters 2014 in Madrid.
Full of energy and passion, skier Emma Dahlström (SWE) really showed what a versatile rider she is, busting out trick after trick, with irrefutable style. Let’s see if she can find waves in the baltic sea to surf her O’Neill Surfboard. A deserving winner of the “Best Overall Skier”.
The “Best GoPro Shot” saw a collection of insane shots. Two rippers who were set on nailing the shot were skiers Grete Eliassen (left) and Katie Summerhayes (right), who used all the skills they learned in the GoPro workshop at the start of the week. The ambitious camera toss from Greta to Katie while on the GoPro axe box impressed fellow riders. The girls got 2000$ from GoPro!
Not to forget the big air contest winners Lisa Zimmermann (GER) and Elena Könz (SUI) who rocked it at the public session on the 20m kicker. They received pimp hand crafted Nine Queens double rings of glory.