The world’s best skiers were joined by elite snowboarders for the first time at the Suzuki Nine Knights Big Air contest in Livigno, Italy on the of 10th of April 2015. With perfect blue bird conditions, the athletes launched themselves off the 11m high jump, flying 35m before landing their tricks, much to the delight the cheering crowd and judges. The gigantic snow castle on Mottolino Fun Mountain saw Sweden's Sven Thorgren take the victory over the other snowboarders.
Snowboarders went huge during the entire contest, confirming their rightful place in the line-up. Continuing his big air domination from the days before, Sven Thorgren stomped massive technical tricks with style, including a cab 1260 roastbeef shifty shifty, backside rodeo 540 nosegrab, and a frontside triple cork 1440, a personal first. Looking back on his win, Sven was stoked: “It feels so crazy to win today. It was also my first time landing my frontside triple and I’m just super pumped.” In second was fellow Swede, Tor Lundström with Belgian rider Seppe Smits rounding out the podium, who landed a clean Backside Triple 1440 nose grab, a personal first.