Highlight Clip – The best you’ve ever seen.

For a week, the freeski pros besieged the monumental snow castle in Livigno during the Suzuki Nine Knights presented by GoPro showcasing the sport to the world at the highest stage. The Big Air Contest was perhaps the fiercest battle, but not the only one fought on Mottolino Fun Mountain. The riders voted for their favourite “trick”, “style”, “GoPro shot” and “overall rider” of the week and another fundamental part of the event is to showcase the talent of the photographers. This year, our extraordinary visionaries contending included Pally Learmond (GBR), Tero Repo (FIN), Alessandro Belluscio (ITA), Nate Abbott (USA) and Louis Garnier (FRA). 

Witness the best shots of an unforgettable week in the final Highlight Clip!

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YEAH! The “rider’s photo contest”

Welcome to the  „rider’s photo contest“:

Each rider got a “one way camera” to capture his craziest, funniest or scariest moment from the event.

The Winner is: Luggi Brucic: Pic 1

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LUGGI BRUCIC: PIC 1

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Almdudler’s next Topmodel: The Mathis

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BENE MAYR: PIC 1

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Klaus Polzer’s way of life

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BENE MAYR: PIC 2

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Robin Hood meets beer and lederhosen

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BENE MAYR: PIC 3

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What else is there to say…?

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BENE MAYR: PIC 4

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Tobi: “So roll´n ma halt”

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FABIO STUDER: PIC 1

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Fabio and Dr: ?oltschemachar

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FABIO STUDER: PIC 2

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Fabio still hoping to win new rims

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FABIO STUDER: PIC 3

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As always

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FABIO STUDER: PIC 4

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Bitch Fight

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FABIO STUDER: PIC 5

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Strange Dude

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FABIO STUDER: PIC 6

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Boys and a Party

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JF HOULE: PIC 1

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The Bird

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JF HOULE: PIC 2

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Troyan and the sunrise

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JF HOULE: PIC 3

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JF loving the bavarian way of style

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JF HOULE: PIC 4

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The headjudge

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JF HOULE: PIC 5

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The pissing dog

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LUGGI BRUCIC: PIC 1

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Almdudler’s next Topmodel

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LUGGI BRUCIC: PIC 2

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Hias: “Was, Wie, Hä”

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LUGGI BRUCIC: PIC 3

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Praying

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MAX GARHAMMER: PIC 1

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Max having a shower

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MAX GARHAMMER: PIC 2

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On the road

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MAX GARHAMMER: PIC 3

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Nico’s “Office to go”

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MARTIN MISOF: PIC 1

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Best friends

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MARTIN MISOF: PIC 2

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Searching for a new drink

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PADDY GRAHAM: PIC 1

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Klaus and Ben: “Really? Is there a life besides downdays.eu???”

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PADDY GRAHAM: PIC 2

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No No No

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PADDY GRAHAM: PIC 3

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A little quiz: Thomas Age on this pic? 12 or 14?

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PADDY GRAHAM: PIC 4

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Hoo hoo

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THOMAS HLAWITSCHKA: PIC 1

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The boys

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THOMAS HLAWITSCHKA: PIC 2

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No biggy

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THOMAS HLAWITSCHKA: PIC 3

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The bird and the birdy

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THOMAS HLAWITSCHKA: PIC 4

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Wenn das Wörtchen Wenn nicht wär

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THOMAS HLAWITSCHKA: PIC 5

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dann wär der Tobi Millionär

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TOBI REINDL: PIC 1

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Bene and the sun

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TOBI REINDL: PIC 2

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Henrik Harlauts first crashing on the rail photo ever

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TOBI REINDL: PIC 3

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Tobi Reindl: “The End”

The Nine Knights photo contest

This one here is the biggest shout out ever to all competing photographers at the Nine Knights presented by Almdudler. All of you guys have done an amazing job taking photos and helping me to make the event unforgettable. Thank you so much!

Throughout the four days the invited photographers tried to get their best shots in 4 different categories:

* Best kicker photo

* Best black & white

* Best creative angle

* Best lifestyle

These are all competing photos: The winners are highlighted!!!

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1. Alo Belluscio – Italy

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1. Best Action Shot – 1

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2. Best Action Shot – 2

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3. Best Creative Angle – 1

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4. Best Creative Angle – 2

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5. Best Black & White – 1

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6. Best Black & White – 2

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7. Best Lifestyle – 1

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8. Best Lifestyle – 2

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2. Stef Cande –  France

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1. Best Action Shot – 1

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2. Best Action Shot – 2

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3. Best Creative Angle – 1

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4. !!!WINNER!!! Category Best Creative Angle

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5. Best Black & White – 1

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6. !!!WINNER!!! Category Black & White

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7. Best Lifestyle – 1

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8. Best Lifestyle – 2

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3. Klaus Polzer –  Germany

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1. Best Action Shot – 1

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2. Best Action Shot – 2

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3. Best Creative Angle – 1

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4. Best Creative Angle – 2

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5. Best Black & White – 1

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6. Best Black & White – 2

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7. Best Lifestyle – 1

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8. Best Lifestyle – 2

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4. Johan Stahlberg –  Sweden

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1. !!!Winner!!! Category Best Action Shot

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2. Best Action Shot – 2

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3. Best Creative Angle – 1

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4. Best Creative Angle – 2

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5. Best Black & White – 1

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6. Best Black & White – 2

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7. Best Lifestyle – 1

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8. Best Lifestyle – 2

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5. Pally Learmond –  UK

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1. Best Action Shot – 1

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2. Best Action Shot – 2

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3. Best Creative Angle – 1

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4. Best Creative Angle – 2

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5. Best Black & White – 1

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6. Best Black & White – 2

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7. !!!Winner!!! Category Best Lifestyle – 1

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8. Best Lifestyle – 2

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And the winner is:

Nine Knights presented by Almdudler 2009 is history! This moring a group of skiers, filmers and photographers left Oberstdorf with a smile on their faces. To be more specific: A very big smile!

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Nine Knights presented by Almdudler was a huge success due to an amazing feature (the castle) and a motivated and talented group of people. Perfect shooting conditions helped us to create plenty of stunning imagery throughout the week.

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The big final of the event was the competition on saturday. Plenty of spectators from near and far went up to the Nebelhorn to see the nine knights in action. The weather was not perfect, but the knights still showed the tricks they have practised all week. final__nineknights_oberstdorf_2009_081_by_schoech_christoph1

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Henrik Harlaut  was the outstanding rider of the Nine Knights 2009. The euro open champion was slaying the 21 meter box (best trick: pretzl 360 switch up, switch up, pretzl 270) and winning the „best jibber“ category. His price is a trip to the Red Bull X-Fighters in London.

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Henrik also convinced the judges with his jumping skills and won a set of Dotz rims in the category „best kicker“.

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Thomas Hlawitschka was once more the ruler of the quaterpipe and also took a set of Dotz rims back to his home Eschenlohe.

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The best double action went to Luggi Brucic’s and Nico Zacek’s side by side cork 900’s. They both took home some sweet scullcandy products.

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At the afterparty the riders and photographers judged the second highlight of the day: The Nine Knights photo competition. Johan Stahlberg (Swe), Pally Learmond (UK), Stef Cande (Fra), Klaus Polzer (Ger) and Alo Belluscio (It) created the most amazing images you can possibly imagine and it was very hard to pick the very best shots.

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At the end, Johan Stahlberg won the best action shot, capturing some amazing sunset doule action on the castle.

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“Most creative angle” as well as  “best black & white photo” went to Stef Cande from france.

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Pally Learmond won the “best lifestyle photo” category.

Wanna see the competing photos? No problem, check back tomorrow and i will show everything!

Full Results:

Riders:

Best Jibber:                  Henrik Harlaut
Best Kicker:                  Henrik Harlaut
Best Quaterpipe:         Thomas Hlawitschka
Best Team:                   Luggi Brucic und Nico Zacek

Photographers:

Best action shot:            Johan Stahlberg
Best lifestyle:                  Pally Learmond
Best creative angle        Stef Cande
Best black & white:       Stef Cande

photos: www.christophschoech.com

Day 4 – Part 2: Having even more fun!

Today it was time for the traditional Nine Knights soccer tournament powered by Red Bull.

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The motivation in the group was high – the battle was on!

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Thomas Hlawitschka showing Max Garhasoccer_nineknights_oberstdorf_2009_013_by_schoech_christophmmer how it’s done!

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Second place: Team Austria – Sorry guys!

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And the proud winner is: Team Bavaria – consisting of Tobi, Bene, Thomas, Nico, Xaver – supported by Paddy and Henrik!

photos: www.christophschoech.com