Swatch Rocket Air Finals - Photos

Apr 13, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
 
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  Ray Samson and Ramon Hunziker head to the top of the drop in ramp for their qualifiying runs. The scenery in Thun is incredible - check out the castle in the background.

  Mehdi Gani looks down for directions during a tailwhip 360 over the hip in qualifiers.

  Brett Rheeder with a huge 360 on the first stepdown. This angle gives an accurate perspective of just how large the opening move really is.

Pavel got a bad luck and didn t made it to the finals
  Pavel had some bad luck and didn't make it to the finals.

  Antoine Bizet, seen here tossing a flip whip, was back in action after being on the injured list for the last few months.

Big double whip during qualis
  Max Fredrikson throws a big double whip during qualis.

Anton Thelander had his best event in his career so far.
  Anton Thelander had his best event in his career so far with a fourth place finish.

perfect 360 downside whip in his winning run
  Sam Pilgrim's final run was executed perfectly, and included this 360 downside whip.

  Sam gives the cameras a gap-toothed thumbs up.

  The podium: Sam Pilgrim 1st, Martin Soderstrom 2nd, Brett Rheeder 3rd, Anton Thelander 4th, and Sam Reynolds 5th.

  Sam Pilgrim was all smiles after taking the win at the Swatch Rocket Air

  Getting the party started with champagne showers.

  Cheers to the completion of another FMB World Tour event. FISE Slopestyle, the first Gold level event of the season is coming up on May 11.

Photos by Bartek Wolinski

32 Comments

  • + 29
 Sam Pilgrim is badass. That is all.
  • + 6
 wish it was some pictures of Sam Pilgrim's superflip! it was so steezy! well deserved 1st place!!
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  • + 22
 The step down is just absolutely insane
  • + 2
 The camerman that took Rheeders step down shot looks like he was standing on something high and it still looks massive!
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  • + 8
 I love how they put hay down on all the features, like, "Meh, just put some f*ckin hay on it and it will be okay."
  • + 3
 Better than landing on concrete no?
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  • + 3
 It Should Be:

Rider Best Run in Total Tricks Points

Pilgrim 2 15 91.0 1
Soderstorm 2 15 81.3 2
Rheeder 2 13 79.0 3
Reynolds 2 13 77.3 4
Godziek 1 3 76.0 5
Thelander 1 9 78.7 6
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  • + 3
 Comeone guys, I konow Rheeder did some crazy shit, but I can't undesrstand why did he get such a good score? I mean, yes he rides well, but there were many better runs from other riders(Reynolds, Thelander) the same thing happened in Vienna, where Genon had much better run but Rheeder won anyway. Maybe I just don't like his style of riding and can't see it, but for me judges like him for some reason and without insane run he's still so high in ranks
  • + 3
 More tech tricks, throwing in lots of barspins etc. Barspinning on to the on/off for example rather than just straight airing on to it like everyone else.
  • - 3
 totally agreed.
  • + 2
 because he's doing most tricks both ways, for example 360 barspins and flipwhips.
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  • + 7
 well done flying metal crew, but you def. need a bigger location
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  • + 2
 If you're going to hire Eye Candy, at least make it sweet. It's like they just dragged a couple of 'ladies' from Great Yarmouth Sea Front!!
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  • + 3
 Rheeder, man i tell ya this guy is building more and more momentum... watch out FMB!!!
  • + 5
 rheeder has great improvement since last year. But Pilgrim..this man was so insane..he's above everyone.. if semenuk going just for 5 event in the calendar it will be easier for pilgrim to take 1st ranking in FMB world tour 2013. surely
  • + 0
 The only problem for sam will be chatel and rampage, he has the more typical slopestyle events in the bag. Hope he beats semenuk though
  • + 1
 ^YOU TAKE THAT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 his frontflip step up was absolutely insane!
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  • + 3
 them girls look shit
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  • + 1
 Sam Reynolds always gets the trophy girls!
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  • + 1
 This is a big win for pilgrim ...he really deserved it
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  • + 1
 Those are some seriously haggard looking ladies.
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  • + 1
 Video or it didn't happen
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  • + 0
 He is just the best so far....
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  • + 0
 Sam pilgram champ fo sho the rest of the judging idk
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  • - 1
 It's cra cra
  • + 6
 Canada Revenue Agency?
  • + 2
 Canada Rocks America! Wink
  • + 1
 Yes it does!!!
Smile
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