It all begun early this January, when snow conditions allowed us to open The Horsefeathers Jib Playground and so the one month long qualification process could start. The system was pretty easy – send us your one minute long qualifications edit from The Horsefeathers Jib Playground and you can be in the final session. So after one week of public voting, we collected all facebook likes from the qualified edits and together with the Freestyle Area crew, choose the five best riders and two wild cards who were invited for the final session. So who got there? Dan Porkert, Ondra Porkert (who unfortunately wasn’t able to arrive because of injury, so we decided to invite our last years winner –Roman Dlauhy), Filip Znamenacek, Dominik Janouch and Petr Bulusek. Are you curious who got the wild cards? Unstoppable rookie Timon Matena (12 year old) and Poland machine
It wouldn’t be a sick session without a sick setup right? Thanks to the guys from
Let´s talk with riders to get their look of this year´s final session.
Julo Petrik – sw frontboard/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Zoltan Strcula at cannon rail/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Yo Zoltan, you arrived to not only ride in the session but also to be the judge together with
Yeah I was one of three judges together with
Zoltan Strcula – fs board/ Photo: Peter Mercell
I guess it was pretty tough to choose the winner at the end right? Who was the best killer?
Everyone could ride what they wanted and I love that freedom you have in snowboarding. Not just two runs or a selected obstacle. We saw many different tricks and it was obvious already from the morning that the best rider will be chosen from the duo of Roman and Dan who sent it heavily on every obstacle. Dan did the most technical tricks like switch bs 270 pull back. And Roman was the most creative rider of the day with tricks like fs 180 from the polejam to the container to cab 360 out. A tough decision was also between Adam from Poland and local sender Filip, where both nailed a lot but
Roman and Dan smashing container/ Photo: Peter Mercell
But,Timon surprised me the most. He killed it everywhere on The Horsefeathers Jib Playground and he even wasn´t scared to send it from container. It was so good to watch him shred together with Dominik and enjoy the session.
Timon Matena/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Adam Adamski/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Dominik Janouch/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Petr Bulusek/ Photo: Peter Mercell
What about this year setup? Did you enjoy that? What was the most creative and the most craziest think you remember?
The setup was dope. I enjoyed the transfers from container down the bank. The most craziest trick I saw was Roman with his one-foot drop from the container to the frozen bank and
Cheers Man and Wolf/ Photo: Peter Mercell
The session was sick because I could ride with good riders.
Did you feel respect for the playground? At the end, almost half of the obstacles were bigger than you.
Nope, I didn’t respect it except the container.
Timona Matena and his frontboard at down rail from container/ Photo: Peter Mercell
What was your best trick you sent and what tricks are you stoked you landed?
Well I think the best one was front board from the container and I´m really happy about the front board to 180 method from the cannon.
Who do you think was the best killer of the day and why?
Roman Dlauhy – backblunt from container/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Hey guys! I was happy to be there, I appreciate the invitation. I really liked the setup, it was pretty mellow. I had a couple of good ones, but the most I´m happy about is the fs board pretzel off the container´s roof.
You came from Zakopane to Vitkovice which is like 7 hours driving – was it worth it? How did you enjoy the whole session?
It was definitely worth going. The competition was great, nice setup and atmosphere. I appreciate shredding with the guys riding that good.
Poland rail machine Adam Adamski/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Adam’s fs blunt/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Who do you thing was the best killer of the day and why?
In my opinion
How about riders to riders judging system? Did you like it or not?
It´s a good solution for smaller competitions when riders get to see all the tricks. It fuels the creativity and increases the competitions intensity.
Dan Porkert – backtail/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Hey Dan, congratulations! You nailed it! Seems like you had the time of your life eh? (Dan´s time of his life now online on
Thanks a lot, Saturday was awesome! I´m so glad I could shoot with Alex from
How do you like new concept of Horsefeathers King of Jib?
New concept was sick. It was way more like a session with friends and cameraman and a photographer, than a classic contest. So pretty much like a dream. And I can´t wait to see full edit from this session.
Dan Porkert/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Final decision came from Rider2Rider. What was your rank?
Well at 1st Roman Dlauhy – he stomped many technical tricks, but also many original tricks and I even didn´t see all what he did… 2nd Timon Matena – Young Gun! It was the show he put down on Saturday and it was so good to ride with him.. 3rd Filip Znamenacek – local shaper with his heart in right place. He had such a bad crash on the morning, when he tried bs 270 to backboard and it looked like he can´t ride anymore that day. But man, after 15 minutes he was back with his full send! And he also shaped the setup for us during the midday break. Big up to
Best trick in session?
There was bs 360 to 50-50 from
Filip Znamenacek at stair set no.1/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Filip Znamenacek at stair set no.2/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Well, as it was said before, this year´s Horsfeathers King of Jib was mainly about to get tons of sick shots not only during qualification, but also in the final session! So finally here you can enjoy the full photo gallery by Peter Mercell and down bellow is the mad edit by Alex Stewart from
So who was the killer of the day and took 7000CZK? Dan Porkert just ahead from Roman Dlauhy and Adam Adamski. Fourth place and also a piece of prize money cake went to Filip „Houbar“ Znamenacek, fifth place –Dominik Janouch, sixth place Timon Matena and seventh place (still with piece of some prize money cake)
Prize giving – top three/ Photo: Peter Mercell
Guys thanks a lot for a mad session, we all enjoyed it as well as the free Saturday in park with friends! I would also like to thank our partners –Horsefeathers Clothing, Freestyle Area, K2 snowboarding, Dakine Czech/Slovak, Sencor Action Camera, G-Shock, Red Bull, Man and Wolf beer, Freeride.cz,
Horsefeathers King of Jib 2019 – all members/ Photo: Peter Mercell