High-flyers heading the Perfect Hip

Last year’s edition saw snowboarder Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) threatening the current height record and skiers David Wise (USA) and Joffrey Pollet-Villard (FRA) easily shoot above the hip and the 9m tall axe stomping trick after trick. The Suzuki Nine Knights 2
016 sets out on a mission to build “The Perfect Hip” and bring along the best transition riders to hone in on innovating hip and transition riding. The new event location in Watles, South Tyrol, Italy will see various sessions running from the 29th of March, leading up to the Public Contest Day on Saturday the 2nd of April 2016.

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Bene Mayr (GER)
Joffrey Pollet-Villard (FRA)
Jules Bonnaire (FRA)
Taylor Seaton (USA)
David Wise (USA)
Christof Schenk (ITA)
Felix Usterud (NOR)
Nicky Keefer (USA)
Alex Beaulieud-Marchand (USA)
Alex Ferreirra (USA)

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Sebbe De Buck (BEL)
Simon Gruber (ITA)
Christian Haller (SUI)
Peetu Piiroinen (FIN)
Heikki Sorsa (FIN)
Werni Stock (AUT)
Seppe Smits (BEL)
Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)

World Height Record?
Rarely in the spotlight in past years, the focus is on the hip-feature. As always with the Suzuki Nine Knights, progression is on the horizon, with some serious potential for a world height record. The 2015 hip allowed limited speed due to the kicker landing in the run-in, for 2016 the 18m tall, 60m long hip will be shaped to perfection with a long run-in, setting the optimal conditions for air-time, though let’s not forget, something as ambitious as breaking a world record requires every factor to be just right.Suzuki_Nine_Knights_day5_ski_christof schenk_david_malacrida_distillery_nbh_LR-5

Andreas Håtveit (NOR) holds the existing skiing height record of 11.27m. He stomped this insane airtime on a hip with in 2006 whilst on a shoot on June Mountain. Frenchman, Joffrey Pollet- Villard will be one to watch out for, as he has got a taste for records claiming a world halfpipe hight record at 8.4m in 2015 with an alley oop flatspin 540. In addition, an eager troop of top riders will be representing including Jon Olsson (SWE), David Wise (USA), Christof Schenk (ITA) and Taylor Seaton (USA).

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No official record has been claimed on a hip-jump; however, several athletes have (unofficially) reached the 10 meter mark on a hip. Piiroinen is certainly a man who is itching to go higher as last year he was held back by speed. In addition a row of fearless heavy hitters will be on site including Belgian duo Sebbe de Buck and Seppe Smits and local powerhouses Werni Stock (AUT) and Simon Gruber (ITA).

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Head to Watles for the Public Contest Day to see the guys push the boundaries of hip and transition riding!