Quiksnow SA Champs 2011

Quiksnow’s 2011 SA Snowboarding Champs – the biggest event on South Africa’s snowboarding calendar – is set to kick-off on Friday at a snowed kissed Afriski in Lesotho.

Quiksnow 2011 will officially begin on Friday July 29, with the slopestyle qualifiers followed by the finals on Saturday morning.

Slopestyle is the latest winter Olympic addition to snowboarding. It is a judged event, which combines jumps and rails. Riders are judged on their style, amplitude and the difficulty of the tricks they perform.

SA Champs has always been recognised as the most important competition for local snowboarders as it offers a platform for up and coming riders to be noticed by potential sponsors and for established riders to flex their muscles. This is the second year the competition will be hosted at the Afriski Resort and is the 6th edition of Quiksnow.

Event organiser Oliver Schwankhart told Snowboarder.co.za: “We are looking forward to a fantastic event. It will be good to see the progress of our local riders who have been training overseas, combined with development of the Afriski snow park with a new line of kickers and rails.”

The Snowboarder.co.za team has been training at the resort with Slovenian professional rider Aljosa “Jojo” Krivec, as part of a training and coaching programme supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Two up and coming junior riders Luke Dutton and Dean van Greunen both 15, have been training with veteran rider Mawa Jekot and Jojo, benefiting from their international experience. Both Luke and Dean have their eye on competing internationally in the upcoming winter season.


The Park

Afriski park designers, Matthew Amoretti and Reuben Storkbek have designed a park comparable to those found in Europe and the USA. Matthew explained the idea behind the design to Snowboarder.co.za:

“As much as pushing the progression of the riding in this year’s competition we want everyone who is competing to have an equal chance and to feel comfortable riding this year’s course.

“The park team has really put effort into creating kickers that are world class,” Matthew said.

While Jojo, 19 from Maribor in Slovenia, has been out training with the Snowboarder.co.za team for the past week, he told us that Afriski was “totally unexpected” and that he was ????

Quiksnow SA Champs 2011 Judges


  • Kai Linder, who hails from Cape Town is heading up the judges panel this year. Kai has been judging the Quiksnow competition for the past five years.
  • Christopher Amoretti, who is one of the founders of competitive snowboarding in South Africa, has decided to hang up his boots this year in order to focus on judging.
  • Martin Shultz, who is Afriski’s head snowmaker, has been drafted into the judge’s panel for the second year running since he first gave it a go in 2010.
  • Ian Mackenzie from Durban is another snowboarding old-timer who has stepped up to the plate.
  • John Barker Goldie from Cape Town and former snowboarder, is the newest addition to the panel.

A special thanks must go to Snowsports South Africa for organising the event. Snowsports SA is the official sporting body for competitive snowboarding in South Africa.

Go to www.snowboarder.co.za for more details on Quiksnow SA


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