26 Jun MUNICH MASH | Wakeboard Rail & Air Final
Three days of pure life MUNICH MASH thrills 77,000 fans in
Munich’s Olympic Park
Despite a brief period of wet weather on Sunday morning which led to the Wakeboard final being delayed by 1.5 hours, the fourth edition of Munich Action Sports Heroes (MASH) was a huge success. “I am really happy. On the first two days of the event we saw the Olympic Park the way I love it and doing what it was originally built for: a meeting place for top-level sport and people of all ages from Munich – a place where you can feel the buzz of life,” explained Marion Schöne, head of the Olympic Park.
Between 23 and 25 June a total of 77,000 visitors flocked to the Olympic Park to witness the premiere of the new MASH event BMX Spine Ramp on the Coubertin Square as well as the thrilling action at the Wakeboard Rail & Air contest on the Olympic Lake. In the sold-out Olympic Ice Stadium the world’s best skateboarders went head-to-head at the first stop of the SLS Nike SB World Tour. Further highlights included the MASH FEST with around 100 stands where visitors could experience the action sports lifestyle, learn about the latest trends, try out cool new sports, listen to music and experience the culture and buzz of the scene at first hand.
“MASH at the Olympic Park has without a doubt established itself in the action sports scene. We are already looking forward to presenting a great event once again in 2018,” commented Marion Schöne.
Guenther Oka (USA) rocks Wakeboard Rail & Air by MUNICH MASH Felix Georgii wins Best Trick Contest
He may be just 19 years old, but right now Guenther Oka is the man to beat in the world of freestyle wakeboard. That proved the case once again this Sunday in Munich’s Olympic Park as the American took victory in the Wakeboard Rail & Air by MASH in front of 20,000 fans.
However, Oka didn’t have things all his own way. “Even in the heats the level tricks was just crazy, and things got even closer in the Superfinal. I am really happy to have won,” explained Oka after an impressive performance which saw him combine technical skills on the rails with huge amplitude on the big air kicker.
He was closely followed in second place by 21-year-old Aaron Gunn. Despite going into the event as one of the favourites for the win, the Australian was forced to settle for second spot on the podium. Third place went to last year’s winner, Dominik Hernler from Austria.
Germany’s Felix Georgii just missed out on qualifying for the Superfinal but was nevertheless happy with his performance after winning the Best Trick Contest with a Switch Onefooted Mute 540. “For me MASH is the biggest contest of the year with a perfect set-up. I knew right from the start that it would be a great event. The atmosphere here at the Olympic Lake and the huge crowds of fans cheering us on make this contest unique,” said the 24-year-old.
His compatriot Nico von Lerchenfeld, second in 2016, was eliminated in the Knockout Round by Aaron Gunn.