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THE GANGS OF THYON by Völkl – 14th & 15th of MARCH 2015

1OTH ANNIVERSARY !

 

« Bataleon » and « Le gang des familles » take home the title at this 10th edition of the GANGS OF THYON !

 

 OFFICIAL SNOWBOARD VIDEO

OFFICIAL SKI VIDEO

 

(find all pictures here)

 REPORT

For 10 years now the GANGS OF THYON has been Valais’ the must see slopestyle event for all freestyle enthusiasts. Similar to a family reunion this weekend marks the yearly occasion to bring together, from all parts of Switzerland and Europe, the loyal friends of CentralPark. For the 10th edition close to 56 skiers and snowboarders were welcomed to the snowpark of Thyon to be part of the event. The ski team « Le gang des familles »  and the snowboard team « Bataleon »  went away with the 2015 title of GANGS OF THYON !

 

Saturday MARCH 14th – THE CREW BATTLE

 

This year 14 teams made up of  4 snowboarders or 4 skiers made it to CentralPark to be part of the action. The shapers gave their all for this 10th edition by creating a wide variety of line choice for the slopestyle. Various jib features along with three large jumps allowed the 7 teams from each category the chance to provide an amazing show of technicality, agility and of course originality all with team spirit that is at the root of the GANGS OF THYON. The weekend started with a qualification round in the morning and was followed in the afternoon with the finals round between the four best crews from each category.

 

During the break at midday all eyes were on the sky to watch the awe inspiring air show that is now a signature part of the GANGS OF THYON. To the extreme pleasure of the spectators the pilot performed trick after trick each one more impressive than the last.

 

_The Final

SNOWBOARD

 

Qualified Crews

 

-        BATALEON : Xavier Marty, Deniz Cinek, Joel Staub, Roger Schuler

-        CENTRAL PARK : Djoh Arnould, Olivier Dubas, Carlos Gerber, Johan Gaume

-        FLOCONS NOIR : Nico Tille, Damien Henselin, Valentin Guignard, Eman Robert

-        RIDE : Arvet Fuchs, Mika Andenmatten, Antoine Eberlin, Anthony Dufaux

BATALEON Crew (photo:Anthony Brown)

 

After filling up on raclette or BBQ during the midday break the four best teams from the morning got ready to go head to head in « battle ». The BATALEON team was up against the local crew and winner of the two last editions of the contest, CENTRAL PARK. The crew FLOCON NOIR, back after 3 years away, were set to face the team from RIDE. The high level of skill shown by all of the teams did not make it easy for the judges, however a few falls separated some crews from the others. In the end it was an ultimate Swiss battle with Swiss French against Swiss German for the title. Fighting it out in the  Röstigraben final was FLOCON NOIR versus BATALEON. The battle was fought hard but it was our Swiss German compatriots from the crew BATALEON that stole the victory with their impressive diversity of tricks and grabs.

 

Snowboard Rankings :

1. BATALEON

2. FLOCON NOIR

3. CENTRAL PARK

4. RIDE

BATALEON - snowboard winners (photo:Anthony Brown)

 

SKI

Qualified Crews :

 

-        LE GANG DES FAMILLES : Florian Bruchez, Yvan Métrailler , Laurent Favre, Mathieu Fleury

-        AMPLID : Alex Neuhror, Kevin Salonius, Julien Lange, Jeremy Rudaz

-        CENTRAL PARK : Florian Rumo, Tom Boerlin, Steven Hager, Max Cepi

-        VÖLKL : Remy Chittaro, Alex Benz, Sebastien Rey, Lucien Köchendorfer

Crew CentralPark (photo:Anthony Brown)

 

In the first ski semifinal LE GANG DES FAMILLES  crew was put up against the team AMPLID. LE GANG DES FAMILLES quickly separated themselves from the competition with unrivaled technique and  height to their runs against AMPLID. The riders from team VÖLKL, main sponsor of the 2015 edition of the GANGS OF THYON, faced local skiers from the team CENTRAL PARK in this round. Both teams impressed and again to choose the finalist was not an easy task but it was the technicality and transition speed between features that moved CENTRAL PARK forward in the competition. In the big final brought together LE GANG DES FAMILLES and CENTRAL PARK. After a big day of riding and giving their all the riders asked to have the final round with one run for each team, no room for mistakes here. It was on the last table of the snowpark, the 18 meter « Big Berta », where the winners shone through. The title of GANG OF THYON 2015 on skis went to LE GANG DES FAMILLES.

 

SKI RANKINGS:

1. LE GANG DES FAMILLES

2. CENTRAL PARK

3. AMPLID

4. VOLKL

Le GANG DES FAMILLES - ski winners (photo:Anthony Brown)

 

Important to mention is that for the thrid year in a row the best trick by NIXON went to Carlos Gerber. This year it wasn’t a « double cork » that earned him the title but an exciting  « Switch back 540 » !

 

Best Trick by Nixon - Carlos Gerber (photo:Anthony Brown et Marion VanDeWalle)

 

SUNDAY MORNING : TWO FRANC TRICKS

 

The party for the GANGS OF THYON is known as one not to be missed and for the 10th edition with DJ IDEM and DJ Heavy Snow this year was no different. It could be due to this reason that certain riders had trouble getting out of bed to take part in « Two Franc Tricks »  on Sunday morning. The concept of this event, started one year ago, is simple : riders can choose from a list of tricks each of which have been given a value of between 10 to 100 francs to the person who best performance of the given trick. The high point of this edition of  « Two Franc Tricks »  was definitely the thrilling back 360 « naked air » by Marco Rebetez from Nendaz. His naked jump earned him the respectable sum of…….10 francs !

Photo:Dominic Steinmann

 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: « L’ENTRACT : no spin to win »

 

Darius Heritschian gave riders the chance to get back to the roots of freestyle and leave never ending spins aside. For this contest there were no « cab 360 » and « doubles corks » allowed, it was a moment for « Straight Airs » ! A little rest was all the riders needed on Sunday morning as they were all back at it for this afternoons contest. Now riders had the chance to give their imagination a chance to shine in this portion of the competition.

In total 5 trophies were up for grabs on Sunday afternoon : the « DIVA » for the best rider « overall », « l’ASTRONAUTE » for the rider with the most height, « L’ELASTIQUE » for the best ability to « tweek », « LE VIRTUOSE » for technical ability and « LE DAFFY » for best skier. It was also up to riders to show originality on these three jumps, (spin – spin – hip), to set them apart from the rest.

Damien Epiney - Photo:Dominic Steinmann

 

The winners were:

-        La Diva : Nico Tille (CH) with 3 one-foot jumps

-        L’astronaute :  Benjamin Mösn (AUT)

-        L’élastique : Roger Schüller (CH) with his incrdeible grabs including a spaghetti sir

-        Le virtuose : Deniz Cinek (CH)

-        Le Daffy: Alex Benz (CH) with his consecutive straight airs completely in switch

 

We need to be sure to thank the talented artists of MAT / JMZ who for the last few years have created the remarkable trophies for  the « No spin to win » !

 

We would never forget as well a huge thank you to all of our staff !

 

TEASER

 

 

THE EVENT :

 

The « Gangs of Thyon » celebrates 10 years!

Central Camps and Télé-Thyon are getting ready to honor the 10th year of thier legendary event : the GANGS OF THYON by Völkl. This tenth anniversary will be celebrated with style and energy on the weekend of March 14th and 15th in Thyon’s Central Park. As in the past teams will come from all over Switzerland as well as neighboring France to this Valais resort to be a part of this amazing event. Special entertainment is on the cards for Saturday which will include not only a concert but of course the acclaimed  « air show ». After its success last year the Saturday morning contest « Two franc Tricks » will be back for another round this year. Sunday afternoon it will be back to « pure freestyle » with the popular event created by Darius Heritschian, « L’Entract ». 

 

SATURDAY MARCH 14th: THE BATTLE

The weekend will kick off with the traditional « BATTLE » portion of the contest where eight teams of four freeskiers and eight more of snowboarders will go head to head. These sixteen « crews » will start in the quarter finals where two teams from each discipline will battle it out with 2 runs each to prove their worth (3 in the case of a tie).  Judges will look at the creativity, technique and overall presentation from each crew to decide which eight teams will qualify for the semi finals. From these eight will come four teams of finalists who will fight for the title of ski or snowboard GANG OF THYON 2015 !

Spectators will be entertained during the midday break with an air show that is not to be missed. A stunt plane and a team of parapenters will take over the skies of Thyon for a show that is sure to take your breath away !

To add something special to this 10 year of the GOT more fun entertainment, most notably a concert on the piste, will be taking place throughout the day in the park.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE :

8h00-9h00 : Check in at the Tourism Office __ Collons 1800

9h00-10h30 : Training __ CentralPark

11h00-12h30 : Qualifications __ CentralPark

12h30-13h30 : Break__ CentralPark

13h00-13h30 : Air show and concert + various special entertainment in the park

13h30-15h : Battle – Gangs of Thyon by Völkl  __ CentralPark

15h : Concert + après ski at the park __ CentralPark

17h30 : Awards for the Gangs of Thyon by Völkl  __ Auberge de l’Ours, Collons 1850

22h00 : Party @ Auberge de l’Ours, Collons 1850_ Hip Hop concert with DJ IDEM (all styles)

 

SUNDAY MARCH 15th : MORNINIG : 11h to 13h00 : « Two franc Tricks »

After a big night of partying with entertainment from DJ IDEM at the Auberge de l’Ours as well as an incredible day of battle on Saturday skiers and snowboarders who still have strength are invited to particpate in the contest « Two franc Tricks ». This event created by Djoh and Max, the Central Park shapers, is back for another edition. Various amounts of cash will be up for the taking as riders are given specific tricks to be completed on the largest jump of Central Park. The best performances will be rewarded with anywhere from 10 to 100 francs of prize money, depending on the trick. A total of 1,000 francs are at stake from 11:00 – 13:00!

 

SUNDAY MARCH 15th : AFTERNOON: 13h to 15h : « L’ENTRACT »

These last few years the world of freestyle snowboarding has seen incredible progression.The pioneers of the sport who only 30 years ago were sliding around on a simple board, attached at the feet withonly tire tubes , are now the athletes whose acrobatic skills are raising the ratings on your tv channels. Advances in the material along with more and more snowparks and halfpipes available has led to the exceptional progression of the riders. With the sport growing so quickly and riders feeling the pressure to constantly display the most impressive tricks to please the public has snowboarding not turned into snobboarding?

Even if the increasing use of superlatives is an irrefutable sign of progression (bigger and bigger jumps, higher and higher degrees of rotation, etc.), creativity remains one of the principal values behind snowboarding and it is essential that we celebrate as well this aspect of the sport.

L’ENTRACT invites you to take a little break and go back to the roots of the sport with a session for all

generations of snowboarders, professional and amateur, a « Straight Air » contest, a freestyle event where rotations are prohibited !!! The objective of this event is to put in perspective the topic of progression by means of simplicity, creativity and the mixing of different influences and generations of boarders in the convivial atmosphere of the Central Park in Thyon. Originality, variety, creativity as well as style and height will all be parts of the criteria necessary for riders to take home one of the following titles:

- The Astronaut

- The Virtuoso

- The Elastic

- The Diva

- The Daffy

The winner of each of these titles will receive a unique trophy created by the artisit JMZ in collaboration with the workshop of Stamp.


SUNDAY SCHEDULE:

9h00-10h30 : Warm Up __ CentralPark

11h00-13h00 : Two franc Tricks

13h00-15h00 : L’ENTRACT__ CentralPark

15h15 : Prizes__ CentralPark

 

 

The big winners of the 9th edition of the GANGS OF THYON
2014 are « Central Park » and « Jib Headz »

SKI Ranking

SNOWBOARD Ranking

Saturday pictures here

Sunday pictures here

A weekend filled with amazing sun and perfect temperatures allowed this 9th edition of the
GANGS OF THYON to unfold under ideal conditions. The 13 teams of riders met in the snowpark
of Thyon, Centralpark, to face off in a special slopestyle event. The snowboard team « Central
Park » went home with the title for the second year in a row and for the skiers it was the team
« Jib Headz » who will have their names on the trophy. Sunday was another great success with
both the introduction of a new competition « Tricks à deux francs » in the morning and the
popular back to the roots portion the « Entract : no spin to win » in the afternoon.

SATURDAY MARCH 8th 2014 – THE CREW BATTLE

Over fifty competitors were ready to battle under the blazing sun in the Centralpark of Thyon the
weekend of March 8th and 9th 2014. The 5 crews of skiers and 8 crews of snowboarders, each
composed of 4 riders, went head to head on a slopestyle line composed of various jib features and two
large jumps. The event started with a qualification round to decide which four teams, from each
category, would be moving on to the final in the afternoon. The high skill level of the crews made for an
incredible show for the many spectators present. In addition to this an impressive airshow literally
captivated riders and spectators alike during the break between the morning and afternoon rounds.

The Final

SNOWBOARD

Qualified Crews

- CENTRALPARK (SUI) : Gaume Johan (FRA), Gerber Carlos, Dubas Olivier, Arnould Djoh
- TOUDEDENT (FRA) : Bagnoud Julien, Serra Hugo, Antoine (replaced by Gaël Adam), Walpa Ata
- FIS OFFICIAL SNOWBOARD TEAM (SUI) : Marty Xavier, Gassman Axel, Rebetez Marc, Epiney
Damien
- VÖLKL SNOWBOARD : Tit State (SLO), Jan Kralj (SLO), Marius Bakken (NOR), Florent Vorger
(FRA)

After the morning qualifications round four crews from each category were selected to battle it out in the
finals of the afternoon. For the snowboarders local riders from the crew CENTRALPARK were put up
against the crew TOUTDEDANT and it was the locals who convinced the judges they deserved to move
on. Fighting for the second place in the finale it was FIS OFFICIAL SNOWBOARD TEAM vs. VÖLKL
SNOWBOARD. The impressive performances on their two runs earned the team VÖLKL
SNOWBOARD a place in the finale to go head to head with the team of CENTRALPARK.

The finale took off with each of teams having three runs to prove they deserved first place on the
podium. In their first run CENTRALPARK definitely showed that they are the masters of their snowpark
however the team from VÖLKL proved to be tough components with a great second run. Despite falls
from both teams all of the riders gave their best in the deciding third run. In the end it was the team of
CENTRALPARK who won for the second year in a row aided by an incredible double cork from rider
Carlos Gerber. This trick earned Carlos the title for best trick of the day and a watch from NIXON.

Snowboard ranking :

1. CENTRAL PARK (SUI)
2. VÖLKL SNOWBOARD Tit State (SLO), Jan Kralj (SLO), Marius Bakken (NOR), Florent Vorger
(FRA)
3. FIS OFFICIAL SNOWBOARD TEAM (SUI)
4. TOUDEDENT (FRA)

SKI

Qualified crews

- JIB HEADZ WEBSKISHOP (FRA) : Gamelin Aristide, Poirot Julien, Maury Martineau Max, Boissard
Jules
- VÖLKL : SNOWBOARD
- K2 CREW : Lovey Yohan, Bruchez Florian, German Camille, Rumo Florian
- CENTRALPARK: Cepi Maxime, Gilomen Maxime, Métrailler Yvan, Boerlin Tom

The talent of the skiers in the final kept the spectators eyes on the show. First up for battle was the
teams of VÖLKL SKI and JIB HEADZ WEBSKISHOP. With two very clean and tight runs (two riders at
the same time on a jump) it was JIB HEADZ WEBSKISHOP who advanced to the next round. The
second battle was between the crews of K2 CREW and CENTRAL PARK SKI. It was K2 CREW who
took the round with two fluid and technical runs.

The impressive level of the two teams qualified for the final made the judges job a bit more complicated.
K2 crew came out fighting showing runs of great ease and technique. However it was JIB HEADZ
WEBSKISHOP team that were able to best express the GANGS OF THYON spirit with runs where the
riders hit the park line in a tight group. It was for this reason after a long debate that JIB HEADZ
WESKISHOP took the title for 2014.

Ski ranking :

1. JIB HEADZ WEBSKISHOP (FRA)
2. K2 CREW (SUI)
3. VÖLKL (SUI)
4. CENTRAL PARK (SUI)

The top riders of Saturday also went home with a Wildcard to take part in the CHAMPS OPEN next
weekend in Leysin. Snowboarders Djoh Arnould and Olivier Dubas along with skiers Camille German
and Vincent Schmidt will go up against professional riders on March 13th – 16th.

SUNDAY MORNING: TRICKS A DEUX FRANCS (Two Franc Tricks)

Despite a wild night of music from the Hip Hop group «Michigang » and DJ IDEM at the « l’Auberge de
l’Ours » riders still made it back to Central Park on Sunday morning. For this 9th edition of the Gangs of
Thyon it was park shapers, Djoh Arnould and Max Cepi, who came up with a new concept to add some
spice to the competition and called it « Tricks à deux francs ». This competition allowed riders to face of
individually but with specific tricks to perform given at the start of each run. Competitors used the last
jump in the park to earn anywhere from 10 to 100 francs if they gave the best show of the chosen trick.
A cab 540°, a double cork and every trick in between were a part of this morning contest.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: « L’ENTRACT : no spin to win »

To finish off an incredible weekend with a bang it was time for the now legendary event from Darius
Heritschian « l’Entract » which was back with a vengeance. The principal idea of this event lays in the
title « no spin to win ». On the hip of the snowpark riders performed original tricks where they were not
allowed to add any rotations. A return to the beginning of freestyle gave riders the chance to have fun
with their tricks of less technicality but more creativity and primarily to remember the roots of the sport.

To distribute the five awards the judges looked at various criteria. The five riders who impressed the
judges most with their originality, creativity and technique were :

- L’astronaute : Jan Krals (highest jumps)
- L’élastique : David Lambert (double tail grab)
- La Diva : Hannes Zösmayr (double tail grab, rocket, shiffty)
- Le virtuose : Olivier Dubas (Indy nosebone)
- Le Daffy : Gian Ragettli (screaming siemens)

Each winning rider went home with a beautiful trophy handcrafted especially for this event by the artist
MAT/ JMZ.

On top of all this the best riders of the day, Vincent Schmidt and Antonio Contessi, were compensated
for their respective performances with a pair of skis and a snowboard from the main sponsor Völkl.

 

The « Gangs » are taking over Thyon this March 8th and 9th !

The legendary event from Central Camps and Télé-Thyon –the GANGS OF THYON- is back again, this year on March 8th and 9th in Central Park! Teams of riders from the four corners of Switzerland and parts of France will make their way to the Valais resort for an unforgettable weekend of « freestyle », music and even an incredible air show. This year a new concept will be introduced on Sunday morning: « Cheap Tricks » ! Riders will need to complete specific tricks on the biggest jump in Central Park to try to win prize money of up to 100 francs!  For fans of « pure freestyle » the event created by Darius Heritschian « L’Entract » is back for another edition on Sunday afternoon.

 

SATURDAY MARCH 8th : THE BATTLE

The weekend will start off with the traditional « BATTLE », a competition against eight teams of four freeskiers and eight more of snowboarders. The sixteen « crews » will commence the afternoon in a quarter-final: two teams from each category go head to head on two runs (3 in the event of equality). Based on their creativity, technique and of course the overall show of each crew the judges will move the top eight crews into the semi-finals. From there it will be only the top four crews in each category who will fight to the end in the final to earn the title GANG OF THYON 2014!

 

During the break at noon spectators can look forward to an impressive airshow. A stunt plane as well as a group of parapentists will take over the skies of Thyon for a performance that is not to be missed !

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

8h00-9h00 : Accreditations at the Tourism Office __ Collons 1800

9h00-10h30 : Training __ CentralPark

11h00-12h30 : Qualifications __ CentralPark

12h30-13h30 : Break __ CentralPark

13h00-13h30 : Air Show

13h30-15h : Battle – Gangs of Thyon by Völkl  __ CentralPark

17h00 : Naming of the Gangs of Thyon by Völkl  __ Auberge de l’Ours, Collons 1850

22h00 : Party @ Auberge de l’Ours, Collons 1850_ Concert Hip Hop with Michigang + DJ IDEM

 

CHAMPS OPEN TICKETS

We are now happy to announce that we will offer 4 tickets for the Champs Open in Leysin (13th-16th of March). We will give 2 tickets to the 2 best snowboarders and to the 2 best skiers of Saturday which includes :

- Free registration for the open comp

- Free entrance to all concerts and parties

More info on www.champsopen.ch

BEST TRICKS BY NIXON

On saturday as well, the judges will pay particular attention to the snowboarders. Because the one who will land the best trick of the day will get the title of the “Best tricks by Nixon” !

SUNDAY March 9th  : Morning : 11:00 to 13:00 : « Cheap Tricks »

After a big night of entertainment and music from the hip-hop crew MICHIGANG and DJ IDEM at the Auberge de l’Ours in les Collons, skiers and snowboards who still have strength after the « Battle » on Saturday are invited to participate in the « Cheap Tricks », a new event created by the shapers of Central Park, Djoh and Max. Various amounts of cash will be up for the taking as riders are given specific tricks to be completed on the largest jump of Central Park. The best performances will be rewarded with anywhere from 10 to 100 francs of prize money, depending on the trick. A total of 1,000 francs are at stake from 11:00 – 13:00!

 

SUNDAY March 9th : Afternoon : 13:00 to 15:00 : « L’ENTRACT »

These last few years the world of freestyle snowboarding has seen incredible progression.

The pioneers of the sport who only 30 years ago were sliding around on a simple board, attached at the feet by only tire tubes , are now the athletes whose acrobatic skills are raising the ratings on your tv channels. Advances in the material along with more and more snowparks and halfpipes available has led to the exceptional progression of the riders. With the sport growing so quickly and riders feeling the pressure to constantly display the most impressive tricks to please the public has snowboarding not turned into snobboarding?

 

Even if the increasing use of superlatives is an irrefutable sign of progression (bigger and bigger jumps, higher and higher degrees of rotation, etc.), creativity remains one of the principal values behind snowboarding and it is essential that we celebrate as well this aspect of the sport.

 

L’ENTRACT invites you to take a little break and go back to the roots of the sport with a session for all generations of snowboarders, professional and amateur, to participate in a « Straight Air » contest, a freestyle event where rotations are prohibited !!!

The objective of this even is to put in perspective the topic of progression by means of simplicity, creativity and the mixing of different influences and generations of boarders in the convivial atmosphere of the Central Park in Thyon. Originality, variety, creativity as well as style and height will all be parts of the criteria necessary for riders to take home one of the following titles:

 

- The Astronaut

- The Virtuoso

- The Elastic

- The Diva

- The Daffy

 

The winner of each of these titles will receive a unique trophy created by the artisit JMZ in collaboration with the workshop of Stamp.

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

 

9h00-10h30   : Warm Up __ CentralPark

11h00-13h00 : Cheap Tricks Contest

13h00-15h00 : L’ENTRACT__ CentralPark

15h15 : Prize Giving __ CentralPark

SATURDAY NIGHT

Bar the BEAR (Auberge de l’Ours)

Right after the prize giving at 17h, the MICHIGANG (Hip hop band) will start a DJ set to warm up the dance floor for the après ski.

At the beginning of the night, we will start with a concert live of the MICHIGANG followed by DJ IDEM for the rest of the night !