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  • Writer's pictureXavi Quirós

Winter arrives just in time for the 2nd SnowFest Innsbruck

Henna Ikola (FIN), Leon Gütl (GER) & Pat Fava (USA) win Rock A Rail Innsbruck

Innsbruck, AUT (November 27th, 2023) Perfectly in time for the SnowFest Innsbruck, winter arrives in Tirol and snowflakes provide the appropriate, sometimes almost mystical backdrop. The 2nd edition of SnowFest Innsbruck (November 24th – 26th) in the center of Innsbruck is successfully in the books and entertained a large audience. Henna Ikola (FIN), Pat Fava (USA) and Leon Gütl take home the 2023 Rock A Rail Innsbruck wins. The Winter Sports Village, which offers easy access to a variety of sports, is well received. In short: a successful winter sports weekend in the heart of Innsbruck.

Kaito Hamada by Fischi

ROCK A RAIL // SNOWBOARD – The snowboarders kick off the SnowFest weekend on Friday with the renowned Rock A Rail contest on the 37 m long, 17 m wide and 10 m high scaffolding. Known for progressive rails and features, the revised setup ensures, as usual, creative riding in a class of its own.

In the women’s category, Henna Ikola (FIN) truly does ride in a class of her own. She uses almost every rail and finally lands an incredible gap to frontside lipslide on the a-frame gap. Paula Benito (SPA) impresses with solid tricks with lots of style and takes home the Blue Tomato Stairmaster award for the Best Trick.

Henna Ikola by Fischi

The men show an incredible level across the board and step it up trick by trick. In the end there are two winners: Pat Fava (USA) – “that was the craziest final I have ever been a part of” - and Leon Gütl (GER) – “so many good riders, such a good vibe” share 1st place together. In third place, the Norwegian UFO Øyvind Kirkhus completes the podium and deservedly earns the GoPro Creative award for his insane backflip to boardslide on the a-frame gap.

Pat Fava by Fischi

WINTER SPORTS VILLAGE – The SnowFest centerpiece is the Winter Sports Village, which offers easy access to a variety of winter sports. Whether it’s tobogganing on the simulator, learning virtually about alpine dangers, trying out (ice)stick shooting, conquering a downhill run on the simulator, or taking your first steps on a snowboard or ski jumping. The Winter Sports Village combines the colorful diversity of winter sports. With all this an offer, it was correspondingly well attended the whole weekend.

Coming up shortly is the final SnowFest event of the year in The Hague (NED) from Dec. 8th – 10th with the 10th anniversary edition of Rock A Rail at Grote Markt where it all started.


Results Rock A Rail Innsbruck 2023

Women

1.Henna Ikola, FIN

2.Paula Benito, SPA

3.Selin Lakatha, AUT

Men

1.Leon Gütl, GER/Pat Fava, USA

3.Oyvind Kirkhus, NOR

Best Trick - Blue Tomato Stairmaster: Paula Benito, SPA

GoPro Creative Award: Oyvind Kirkhus, NOR


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