King of Style: predicting the next internet skiing star

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 22, 2009 1:04 pm

It’s no secret that Tom Wallisch’s meteoric rise to the top of the freestyle skiing world may have had a little to do with his domination of every online skiing portal known to man. Whether it was his Super Unknown edit racking up views on YouTube, or countless 4bi9 edits, he was seemingly everywhere. His fame wasn’t the result of being the latest Poorboyz Productions star, but instead came about after skiing his brains out, and documenting his skills for the world to see.

Everyone knows what happened next, as he went on to podium in  seemingly every  major contest he entered during the 2008-2009 season. The Dew Tour, Simon Dumont Cup, or European Open, it didn’t matter, no contest was safe from Tom slaying the course and walking away with an assortment of big checks.

Now, with the professional ski season already underway, and the King of Style big air contest only weeks away, the next amateur skier ready to blow up has the chance to follow in Wallisch’s footsteps. KOS has not only offered four lucky riders the chance to travel to Stockholm for the contest, but also to compete head to head against the top professionals in the game. Oh yeah, Wallisch will be there too, he’s prequalified.

In order to win one of the coveted four spots, riders will have to enter a 60-second maximum length video edit. The videos will be uploaded to YouTube under the label “Peak Performance KOS09 – Your Name” and fans will vote for their favorites. The top 20 rated videos will then be narrowed down to the four finalists by a panel consisting of PK Hunder, and Salomon’s newest star, Henrik Winstedt.

Head on over to the official Peak Performance KOS YouTube channel to vote on your favorite skier’s video to send them to Sweden.

So now, I present my top 5 prospects to potentially find their way to KOS:

Nick Martini

Gus Kenworthy

Will Berman

Tim McChesney

Leigh Powis