VIDEO: The best of Red Bull Playstreets 2013

The fifth edition of freeskiing fest Red Bull Playstreets in Bad Gastein produced tricks aplenty.
By Chris Stanton

With extraordinary freestyle skills, the Canadian, Charles Gagnier, secured his second Red Bull Playstreets title having also won in 2007.

The global freestyle elite, many of whom had already won praise for their performances at X Games and on the Freeride World Tour, had come from all over the world to star in the fifth edition of the Red Bull Playstreets in Bad Gastein, Austria.

Popular Playstreet names such as Nick Goepper, Bobby Brown, Markus Eder and defending champion Elias Ambühl as well as a number of newcomers took on the challenge.

Tobi Tritscher performs during the qualification of Red Bull Playstreets 2013 in Bad Gastein, Austria on February 23, 2013.
Tobi Tritscher at Red Bull Playstreets © Erwin Polanc/Red Bull Content Pool

It took 780 truckloads and 4,700 cubic metres of snow to build the shimmering stage for the who's who of the international freestyle scene to showcase their talent. Surrounded by a stunning mountain view, athletes from 10 different nations sped through the streets and over rooftops.

16-year-old Austrian Luca Tribondeau made a name for himself during qualifying but it was Charles Gagnier whose star shone the brightest after eight of the best riders had topped what had already been an incredible freestyle competition in the final knock-out rounds.

Charles shared his joy with younger brother Vincent, who had dominated the Swiss title holder, Elias Ambühl, to take the third spot, with Gus Kenworthy finishing runner-up.

Charles Gagnier, Gus Kenworthy and Vincent Gagnier celebrate after winning at Red Bull Playstreets 2013 in Bad Gastein, Austria, on February 23, 2013
The Red Bull Playstreets podium © Erwin Polanc/Red Bull Content Pool
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