Suzuki Nine Knights

The Suzuki Nine Knights drew to a close on Saturday with 24-year-old Frenchman Yannick Granieri crowned the ‘Ruler of Big Air’ for 2011. Host Andi Wittmann, said that the Lyon native was consistently pulling the biggest tricks throughout the week and thoroughly deserved to take the title which was voted for by all the riders.

Andi says, “Yannick was awesome the whole week, in fact all the guys were great. It’s a shame that the public contest day had to be cancelled due to bad weather, but that’s how it goes in the mountains sometimes. All the riders have really been stomping it this week and we are stoked at how good the event turned out.

The inclement weather meant no public contest was possible but the riders had a full four days of spectacular conditions that they put to good use. The Rider’s Contest to decide the winner in each category based on their performance throughout the week was a particular highlight as the athletes pulled out all the stops on both the trail and big air castle.

Yannick Granieri on the champions list was fellow Frenchman Pierre Eduard Ferry as ‘Ruler of the Trail’, while big Swede Martin Soderstrom took home the titles for ‘Best Style’ and ‘Best Trick’ – a sick barspin to tailwhip that had everyone gobsmacked.

‘Ruler of Big Air’
Yannick Granieri (FRA)
Bienvendio Alba (ESP)
Martin Söderström (SWE) & Amir Kabbani (GER)

‘Ruler of the Trail’
Pierre Eduard Ferry (FRA)
Geoff Gulevich (CAN)

‘Best Style’
Martin Söderström (SWE)
Kurt Sorge (CAN), Yannick Garnieri (FRA) & John Alm Högmann (SWE)

‘Best Trick’
Martin Söderström (SWE) – Barspin to Tailwhip
John Alm Högmann (SWE) – (huge) Superseater

Photo Contest
‘Best Big Air’ – Harookz (CAN)
‘Best Trail Shot’ – Stef Cande (FRA)
‘Best Black & White’ – Markus Greber (GER)
‘Best Creative Angle’ – Markus Greber (GER)
‘Best Lifestyle’ – Harookz (CAN)
‘Best Wildkogel’ – Harookz (CAN)

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