And so to the comp. After a few days of practice on the kicker, the final public showdown began and saw 16 invited riders begin the 90 minute jam session where all competitors tried to impress the judges with six or seven jumps.
Following the jam session, which featured all sorts of mind boggling tricks that can only be explained by claiming it must just be magic, five riders progressed to the three-run final: Bene Mayr from Germany, Luggi Brucic from Austria, Paddy Graham from England, a last-minute-entry in the form of Kristoffer Edwall from Sweden and the practically unheard of rookie Markus Eder from Italy.
In a classic tale of the underdog surpassing all others, Markus Eder went berserk stomping a perfect kangaroo flip Japan and an impressive double cork 1260° mute, taking the win and the illustrious Nine Knights Big Air title. Second went to Kristoffer Edwall with a new type of double flip (that was reminiscent of the legendary Wilson Flip) and a clean switch double cork 1080° mute. Bene Mayr finished third with a switch dub 10 Japan and a dub 10 poke safety.
Eder is king of the castle and all the rest of us are dirty rascals.
Until next year. Check out all the action from Nine Knights 2010 right here