René WOLBER

Snowboard

LAAX OPEN 2018 - Teaser #2

The high-class international women’s and men’s slopestyle and halfpipe competitions, sanctioned by FIS and WSF, getting closer for all athletes and winter sport lovers: From January 15 to 20, 2018, the international snowboarding elite will have one last opportunity to qualify for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 and have a last showdown in the Alps before heading to the East. LAAX steadily worked on their snow park and halfpipe at Crap Sogn Gion in order to shape it to perfection. The world’s biggest halfpipe (200 m long, 6.9 m high) and a huge, innovative slopestyle course await the riders. The LAAX OPEN 2018 continues a 30-year old LAAX tradition as a leader in organizing snowboard events - culture and style are just as much as a part of it as the sportive action. Expect the snowboard happening of the season – for everyone, who wants to be happy. “The LAAX OPEN is everything for me. It’s a combination of fun, riding, spectacle, show, party, the right music and happy people. Simply awesome.” So the definition stated by Reto Poltera, snowboard pioneer and responsible for sports and leisure in LAAX. With a team full of passion, know-how and style he is preparing the next big bang, the LAAX OPEN. This highly recognized snowboard happening will take place from January 15 to 20, 2018. The Swiss destination LAAX, awarded for the second time in a row as “world’s best freestyle resort” is expecting snowboard teams and riders from all around the globe competing in the world cup and elite event. Lots of them won a title in a high-class Open event at Crap Sogn Gion – among them Mark McMorris (CAN), Stale Sandbech (NOR), Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), Christy Prior (NZL) and Ayumu Hirano (JPN), the winner of yesterday’s halfpipe world cup in Secret Garden, the Chinese partner resort of LAAX. On top of the sportive action the LAAX OPEN offers free music, culture, lifestyle and fun. “At the LAAX OPEN we ride and enjoy our lives on the snowboard.”

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Sailing

Extreme Sailing Series 2017: State-of-the-art technology is lifting sailing into a new dimension

Established in 2007, the Extreme Sailing Series is the original Stadium Racing sailing circuit designed for spectators, delivering high-performance action close to shore and putting viewers at the heart of the battle. Thanks to technological innovation, the Series is at the forefront of the digital revolution in sailing. Attracting some of the world’s top sailors, the global circuit spans 8 events at the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The thrilling finals of the Series will be held at Los Cabos, Mexico, from November 30 to December 3, 2017.The “Digital Revolution” has reached the sports of sailing, advanced equipment aids the crews: SAP, Official Technical Partner of the Series since 2012, provides cutting-edge business software and analytics solutions to deliver an unprecedented sailing experience to sailors, spectators and the media. They offer fans and broadcasters insights to enable them to decipher exactly what is happening on the water through the use of live leader boards and 3D and 2D visualizations providing charts and data about wind, speeds, distances, cross-track errors and time gaps of all competitors in real-time. Post-race, SAP provides teams with tools to analyse their performance and optimize their strategy helping them sail like never before. The Series has become even more spectacular since introGC32ducing a new weapon of choice in 2016, the state-of-the-art hydro-foiling GC32 catamaran. These ultra-light, ultra-responsive watercraft can reach speeds of up to 39 knots. Their magic lies in their unique J-foils which work much like an airplane wing to lift the hulls out of the water, reducing drag and rapidly increasing speed. This makes for a magnificent spectacle for everyone watching and a physical balancing act for the crews who have to work hard trimming the sails to keep their boat in the air.Mexico and Los Cabos host the Extreme Sailing Series for the first time ever. Located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, the venue is known as ‘Land’s End’. Lying in-between the areas that receive the major weather systems, Baja is blessed with beautiful weather almost all year round. Los Cabos, Mexico’s fastest growing resort, boasts miles of deserted beaches along with numerous attractions including whale watching, hang-gliding, snorkeling, antiquing, golf and fishing. A stunning venue for this amazing watersports series!

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Speedflying

Wingsuit Connected, a world premiere above the Alps starring Geraldine Fasnacht

Launching herself off at 5500m with her wingsuit illuminated, more than 1200m above the summit of Grand Combin in the Swiss Alps, Geraldine Fasnacht defines once again the extreme of free falling.At this altitude, the air is thin and therefore it is hard to breath, but also hard to fly due to the reduced density. To add some complexity to the project, Géraldine decided to do this very technical jump at dawn, before the first beams of the sun hit the top of the 4000m peaks. The temperature is -20°C. and down in the valleys it is still damn dark.When she launches from the helicopter, with the wingsuit illuminated, she flies like a little butterfly among the giant glaciers of the Alps below. Just a small white dot is visible, cruising at full speed through the night.Amazing performance and beautiful images.

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Kayak

adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship 2017 – Best Of

The adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship is truly unique as it brings together athletes from all the individual kayaking disciplines, extreme expedition paddlers, freestylers and Olympic slalom kayakers, to compete against one another on a world class stretch of whitewater. For the 10th anniversary edition almost all of the previous World Champions were at the start line, except for Joe Morley (2013/2014) und Sandra Hyslop (2016). And all of these six previous World Champions, namely Thilo Schmitt (2008), Alexander Grimm (2009), Sam Sutton (2010-2012), Gerd Serrasolses (2015), Aniol Serrasolses (2016) and Mariann Saether (2015), qualified for the actual World Championship battle on the 280-metre long Wellerbrücke race course, on which only the top 52 men and top 8 women are allowed to compete.Results Top 5 Men                       1. Sam Sutton (NZL)2. Aniol Serrasolses (ESP)3. Alexander Grimm (GER)4. Dane Jackson (USA)5. Mike Dawson (NZL)Results Top 5 Women1. Nouria Newman (FRA)2. Martina Wegman (NED)3. Jennifer Chrimes (GBR)4. Anne Hübner (GER)5. Marieke Vogt (AUT)

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Bike

PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC 2017 – Best Of

The fourth edition of a very special mountain bike adventure has come to a close: PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC, the most important stage race in Europe and one of most beautiful in the world, is over for another year. With a total of 12,000 m of ascent, a large part of the race was obviously decided in the many long uphill stretches. In return, the riders were rewarded daily with numerous downhill runs: countless long, gorgeous single trails gave them the chance to experience flow at its very best. And then of course, there was the unparalleled scenery of the Swiss Alps. Each individual stage provided plenty of breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Alps – and participants had an entire week to feast their eyes on the landscape.Results: Men:1. CENTURION VAUDE Daniel Geismayr [AUT] / Jochen Käss [GER]2. BiXS Pro Team Konny Looser [SUI] / Oliver Zurbrügg [SUI]3. Team Texpa-Simplon Christoph Soukup [AUT] / Michael Stünzi [SUI]4. BUFF SCOTT MTB TEAM Francesco Guerra Carretero [ESP] / Enrique Morcillo Vergara [ESP]5. Suso Bike Trek/jb BRUNEX Felt Team Dario Thoma [SUI] / Casey South [SUI]Women:1.Team Meerendal CBC Esther Süss [SUI] / Jennie Stenerhag [SWE]2.Spur - Wallonie Ariane Lüthi [SUI] / Alice Pirard [BEL]3.Scott Womens - R'adys Cornelia Hug [SUI] / Florence Darbellay [SUI]4.DMK Trek n' AMK BikeZone Lisette Rosenbeck Christensen [DEN] / Maj Schneider Thomsen [DEN]5.In Bocca al Lupo Tamara Burkhardt [SUI] / Franziska Krebs [SUI]

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Kayak

How to take a perfect stroke? Rowers on the ultimate search for perfection

To win a rowing race the most important thing for rowers is to connect all together in one big movement. Only when all athletes row synchronized with perfect strokes the team has the chance to finish in first place. But what is the “perfect stroke”? The clip is going to answer all your questions.Greg Searle (GBR): “I say within rowing there´s  properly three things that make the boat go fast. One is, do you row a long stroke? So you move the boat a long way, each stroke. The second thing is, do you pull hard? And if you pull hard the boat will go further of each one of those strokes. The third element is, how many stroked do you do per minute? If you do more strokes and they´re still strong strokes and they´re still long strokes the boat will go faster. The problem is, sometimes you push one of these things on and the other one goes down. So the real art with rowing is to row long, to row strong and then take more strokes and then be efficient and be together, so the boat keeps moving forwards.”

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Water jump

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 - Best Moments - Mostar (BIH)

England’s Gary Hunt returned to imperious form to score his second victory of the season in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in doing so reclaimed a lead at the top of the men’s overall standings. American Steven LoBue also repeated his best result of the season by taking second place, while 22- year-old wildcard and World Series debutante, Nikita Fedotov of Russia, produced a surprising but stunning performance to finish in third in front of 17,000 enthusiastic fans.In the women’s, Cesilie Carlton of the US put a poor season behind her to fire to a first victory since 2015, with Australia’s Helena Merten finishing in second place and German wildcard Anna Bader in third. Much of the build up to this event had centred around Hunt’s previous struggles from bridges at World Series events, as in four competitions from bridge into river he has failed to land on top of the podium, as well as his recent dip in form from 27m. But in one afternoon he proved the doubters wrong on both counts, returning to his brilliant best to hold off the roaring challenge of an inspired LoBue and grab his 30th victory in 64 stops.32-year-old LoBue, leading after the third round, showed no nerves as he delivered his difficult inward quint in the final dive of the day, but just fell short of the Brit by a few points. With three nines and two nine and a halves from the judges, Russia’s Fedotov earned the highest scores of the day in his first ever World Series appearance, letting his great talent for acrobatic 3-second-manoeuvres shine through and completing the podium.Following a somewhat low key season for Carlton, in which 6th place was her previous high from the 21m platform, the 36-year-old was once again inspired by the magic of Stari Most, reeling off a series of river-ripping dives to go one better than her second-place finish here last season. Merten and Bader have been no strangers to the podium this season, and again they showed unerring consistency at the shivery Neretva River to join Carlton in the champagne celebrations.With Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland missing the competition due to an injury in training, Adriana Jimenez has now closed the overall gap to the leader to just 60 points, although it could have been even closer if the Mexican had not made an error on her final dive, finishing in fourth. While in the women’s it’s certainly still all to play for going into the final stop at a new location in Chile in October, reigning champion Hunt now holds a 140-point lead ahead of Jonathan Paredes, who finished sixth. The Mexican as well as England’s Blake Aldridge, who came to Bosnia and Herzegovina as the World Series leader, still will have a say in the title fight of this most competitive season yet.Standings (after 5 of 6 stops)MEN1- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 660pts.2- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 5203- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 5104- David Colturi (USA) – 4305- Andy Jones (USA) – 418WOMEN1- Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) – 690pts2- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 6303- Helena Merten (AUS) – 6104- Ginger Huber (USA) – 5205- Cesilie Carlton USA – 440Red Bull Cliff Diving World SeriesSince 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for exhilarating action and dives of ever-growing complexity. The series features elite athletes as well as young up-and-coming talent and a Women’s World Series was introduced in 2014. In 2017 the sport's best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from up to 27m with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during six competitions around the world.

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Climbing

adidas ROCKSTARS 2017 - Best Of

Well-deserved winners at the adidas ROCKSTARS 2017 in the Superfinals: Alex Puccio (USA) in the women’s and Tomoa Narasaki (JPN) at the men’s category showed an amazing performance on the critical boulder, which meant the official “adidas ROCKSTARS 2017” champion title for both. The Japanese has already solved the „problem“ after 18 seconds and showed his huge relief when he smashed the buzzer. Truly, his goal to keep the title was a hard challenge against his South Korean opponent Jongwon Chon. The crowd pushed both forward and saw within the first few steps today it’s Tomoa’s day again. The US girl Alex Puccio was the lucky winner in the women’s competition against last year’s champion Janja Garnbret from Slovenia. After dominating the rounds before, Puccio was quite stunned when she stood up there. For her it was a special win taking into account the fact that she had a long break due to a longer injury and recovery. 82 athletes who started, the field was narrowed over 2 rounds to just 6 male and 6 female finalists. The crowd in the Porsche-Arena saw an outstanding final, which could only be surpassed by an even more exciting “Superfinal”. The competing men and women were responsible for the ultimate highlights on this day. This boulder event had some other great program highlights too: The amateurs competed in the “Be a Rockstar” competition, the band Orange but Green, Robeat and some DJs got the atmosphere to its top, having the crowd on fire when the athletes needed the support for their challenges.Results Women TOP6 :1. Alex Puccio (USA)2. Janja Garnbret (SLO)3. Miho Nonaka (JPN)4. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)5. Shauna Coxsey (GBR)6. Aya Onoe (JPN) Results Men TOP6:1. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)2. Jongwon Chon (KOR)3. Kokoro Fujii (JPN)4. Dmitrii Sharafutdinov (RUS)5. Makoto Yamauchi (JPN)6. Aleksei Rubtsov (RUS)

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