Brett Rheeder, The royal defender!

The King, Brett Rheeder returned and defended his 2013 VIENNA AIR KING title. After his victory last year, he successfully secured his royal title and sat on throne in front of Vienna’s town hall once again. Second place was awarded to Polish rider Szymon Godziek, followed by Belgian shredder Thomas Genon.


Aside from the obvious sporting and FMB World Tour excitement, sudden weather forecasts added even more suspense to the 2014 VIENNA AIR KING. Victory literally came down to the last minute when all finalists managed to lay down their second runs before heavy rain hit the town hall square.


After a two run format the top 8 riders each received their cut of the 10,000 Euro prize purse. The biggest share went to Brett Rheeder – his unbelievable performance shocked the crowd and left the judges no choice but to award him the victory. After an intense crash in practice, it was unsure if Rheeder would participate in the finals but he came back strong and raised the bar to an unreachable level.


His second, winning run started with a truckdriver from the step-down drop, then a huge backflip tailwhip, followed by a Cork 720 and a super clean frontflip barspin. With Rheeder safely in first position the judges were left with a difficult decision – who should stand with him on the podium?


Szymon Godziek’s second run was packed with enough awesomeness to place him next to the King in second. His run consisted of a truckdriver from the drop, a backflip tailwhip then a dialed cashroll on the second set and finishing strong with a frontflip.



Since he was the best placed athlete not yet qualified for Red Bull District Ride, his performance also won him a wild card for the Diamond Event in Nuremburg, Germany in September. Already qualified for Nuremberg, Thomas Genon also showed a smooth and technical run. “La Frite”, as his friends call him, dropped-in with a truckdriver, then a double tailwhip, followed by a 360 tailwhip and a 360 downside whip. All in all, a truly dignified podium!



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