On Thursday, March 22, the snow finals at the Vans Wängl Tängl presented by G-Shock in Mayrhofen, Austria took riding with a crew to the next level as seasoned veterans edged out hungry up and comers to take home cash and glory.
Wängl Tängl 2012 saw the Finns of team “Triple Cock” chose the most innovative lines and stomping their landings for first place at the 10th anniversary of this legendary snow event.
Out of the gate Janne Korpi, Peetu Piiroinen & Ville Uotila rapidly fired tricks with gunfire style 720’s over the first kicker. The crowd went crazy when Peetu popped a huge backside 1080 over the second kicker while Ville transferred backside 360 over Janne’s backflip 180. Down at the Red Bull End Section it got even wilder with Peetu’s switch front board to switch crippler in the pipe, Ville’s backside 180 transfer over the wallride and Janne brought it home with an Alley Oop Backside Rodeo.
Team VWT 66 in motion.
Meanwhile, the sun was shining, the Vans Waffle Iron was hot and spectators lapped the park all day while watching the action from the chairlift. The second placed team YMCA admittedly had the best team uniform and huge style. Mathias Weissenbacher, Clemens Schattschneider & Adrian Krainer kept riding the Vans Penken Park long after the contest was over – but during the event it was moves like a Switch Double Back Flip 180 by Clemens and back to back 1080’s from Mathias that won over the crowd. Mathias’s moves earned him the award for Most Impressive Rider of the Day (see also top photo!).
“The Collective” Max Buri, Boris Bühler & Tor Lundström walked away with the third place prize and Eric Willett, Arthur Longo, & Kalle Ohlson from Team Off The Wall enjoyed the laid back contest vibe while jumping and spinning their way into fourth.
Second placed team YMCA.
Best Line of The Day went to Ville Uotila for his creative use of the course. His innovative approach to transfers, stomped frontside 360 bonk on the Fiat Up Box and a massive backside 180 over the wall ride were a pleasure to watch. Best Jib went to fourth place “Off The Wall” team members Arthur Longo and Kalle Ohlson for their miller flip high five.
Mike Wechselberger, upside down.
After the conclusion of the snow finals, the action was starting in the village of Mayrhofen with the skate qualification round and a Best Trick Session. In true Wängl Tängl style the format awarded creativity and innovation. There were many winners but Jake Collins took home the most cash for tricks, with back to back moves on the massive mini-ramp.
Beloved contest big mouth Henry Jackson and team Off The Wall.
Every night a different location and music lineup, free open air concerts and legendary parties were on the menue of the 10th Anniversary celebration for the Vans Wängl 10gl 2012. On the final night, M.O.P and Roots Manuva brought their legitimate hip hop legacy to the streets of Mayrhofen and performed a free show for nearly 1000 fans in the Music Pavillion.
After a decade of staying true to the Ästhetiker and Off The Wall spirit, this event continues to be one of a kind, an event that creates memories and defies the boundaries of the typical contest. It’s rider-driven, for the riders, skaters, artists and musicians. It’s an event that no one wants to miss.
1st The Triple Cock’s – (€7200 prize) -- Janne Korpi, Peetu Piiroinen & Ville Uotila
2nd YMCA -- (€3900 prize) -- Mathias Weissenbacher, Clemens Schattschneider & Adrian Krainer
3rd The Collective – (€1800 prize) -- Max Buri, Boris Bühler & Tor Lundström
4th Team Off The Wall – (€900 prize) -- Arthur Longo, Eric Willett & Kalle Ohlson
Most impressive: Mathias Weissenbacher
Best Line: Ville Uotila
Best Jib: Arthur Longo and Kalle Ohlson Miller Flip Hi-Five