Friday, 24 December 2004
The Tacky Online Magazine (www.tacky.no and www.tacky.se) hosted a brutal battle on rails between Norway and Sweden last weekend. Even though the Swedes did best individually, it was the team effort that secured victory for Norway.
The second annual Tacky Jib Battle between rivaling nations Norway and Sweden concluded last Saturday 18th of December in an Oslo ski resort (www.varingskollen.no). The arena looked more like a US slope than the average European snow park, and the top riders participating could choose from a total of 12 lines.
It didn't take many lines for mayhem to appear. Swedish rider, 686 star Hans Ahlund, was shot down during practice, and broke a rib on hang-up. One man down and the Norwegians slapped their opponents' already blue and yellow faces by taking on extra girl power, represented by Bataleon rider Thea Stenshagen, who pulled the smoothest back smiths of all men and dogs present. She is one hot chica to look out for in Mammoth over New Year's.
The Tacky Jib Battle was divided in two sessions, and the first one was owned by the Swedes, even with one rider short. For 45 minutes they shelled the slopes so hard that no one believed any new trick could be done. Swedish Nicky Wieveg would just not compromise, and showed those damn Norwegians how to do a Cab 270 Back Tail to Fakie, which eventually turned out to be best trick.
However, during the half-hour break the Norsemen must have eaten some mushroom or some heavy mix of supernuts, because the nutty men of northern Vikingland just went insane, tied the Swedes, and ventured into terrain where no snowman had melted before.
Promo copyist Andreas Wiig, Norwegian-American Knut Eliassen and youngster Erik Johan Botner made the iron hotter than hell, and let the Swedes feel the boiling water swell. Henning Marthinsen and Per Loeken did doubles on the melting metal. It was all backside and frontside, switchin' and flippin', and a team effort ensured domination. The Swedes got furious and threatened to steal all women on sight.
There were some comments on the judging, because the Swedish tacklalot, Kareem El Rafie, did some really amazing gap landings, and best trick winner Nicky Wieveg crunched a gap to Backside 270 to Boardslide on the double kink and right into the referee visuals, but it all calmed down when Nicky claimed the double and won the overall title too. He got his champagne and Skullcandy gear while the Norwegian winning team got nothing but glory and envy for some time to come.
There was much talk about revenge at the secret pool party where the battle continued with booze and breezers and the local DC skateboard movie. Nobody drowned in any kind of fluid so we guess it was all good, and we look forward to the next battle, rumored to take place in Sweden anytime soon.
Nicky Wieveg, Cab 270 Back Tail to Fakie