Norway's Gjermund Braaten Wins X-Elements
Sun, snow, ski, snowmobiles and snowboarding was on the menu at the second X-Elements at Geilo, Norway, this weekend. Local rider Gjermund Braaten won the snowboard big air in front of about 3000 enthusiastic spectators.
With a respectable startlist, containing several X-Games, Olympics and Dew Tour-competitors there was never any doubt that the level of riding would be rather challenging at X-Elements, and 1080`s and 1260` were raining already during practice.
After the qualification round there were five riders in the finals – Ståle Sandbech, Eskil Korneliussen, Sondre Tiller, Gjermund Braaten and Per Iver Grimsrud.
After two rounds, where both Tiller and Korneliussen fell, local hero Gjermund Braaten and Oakley Eyewear rider won with a clean backside double cork 1080, and cashed in USD 5000. Per Iver Grimsrud placed second and Oakley Apparel and Eyewear rider Ståle Sandbech placed third with a backside 1080.