9th Gangs Of Thyon by 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 !
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.
9h00-10h30 : Warm Up __ CentralPark
11h00-13h00 : Cheap Tricks Contest
13h00-15h00 : L’ENTRACT__ CentralPark
15h15 : Prize Giving __ CentralPark
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 !