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Simon Gruber at 9 Knights in Watles, Italy


Dec 122015

The Suzuki Nine Knights & Queens have come together to form the ultimate event coming in Spring 2017; #nineroyals. Knights and Queens have always been a platform for the best free skiers and snowboarders push their riding to the most creative and technical limits. 

The Nine Royals will be taking place in Watles, South Tyrol, Italy, will be the location for the very first ever united event between men and women for the Suzuki Nine Royals. 

 Watch this epic highlights reel from 2016 to remind yourself of the incredible events that will combine for the first time ever:.

The Suzuki Nine Knights began in 2008 as a progressive men’s freeski event; in 2011 the Suzuki Nine Queens was conceived to provide women their own platform. Three years later snowboarding was added to the ever-evolving concept.

We are always trying to find new ways to push the envelope and keep it fresh for the athletes”, explains event founder Nico Zacek. “Now we want to bring the Knights and Queens together for the first time, inspiring each other with technical tricks, style, and positive vibes.”


David Wise, who broke the Highest Air on a Hip World Record at Suzuki Nine Knights 2016, agrees: “I have experienced first hand the unique vibes that the men and women contribute to an event like this. The ladies tend to be a little more creative and the men tend to be a little more reckless so this year’s going to be really fun and interesting.”

The new Royals Castle is specifically designed for the occasion and includes two massive big air kickers, two hips, countless transition options, redirects and jib options. Stay tuned for more information on the Suzuki Nine Royals, the event that will produce jaw-dropping imagery while propelling the limits of skiers and snowboarders of both genders to the next level.


Location: Watles, Venosta Valley, South Tyrol, Italy

Date: 27th of March – 1st of April 2017 

Public Contest Day: Saturday, 1st of April 2017