• Hotzone Opening

Winter is finally here! Billabong did the first shred of the season at the Hotzone.tv Opening on the Hintertux glacier in Austria this weekend. Hotzone.tv's opening is the first real kick-off to the snowboarding season in Europe and the epic snow conditions and the fine park on the glacier once again prooved that this is the place to be in the early snowboarding season.

Together with Pleasure Magazine we organized the Billabong Kids Shoot, giving all dedicated snowboarders 16 years and younger the chance to go shoot in the Hintertux park with a professional snowboard photographer.

Pleasure's art director and senior photographer Fischi went out shooting on Sunday in a perfectly shaped park under blue skies with 11 kids. Billabong teamriders Wolle Nyvelt and Seppi Scholler coached the kids on the different obstacles and gave useful advice about working with a photographer in the park. The youngest participant was Jakub from the Czech Republic, who is just six years of age but already a true little shred head. Fischi's shots can be seen in the next Pleasure Magazine issue as well as on the Hotzone.tv website.

Apart from the Billabong Kids Shoot the Billabong crew went for a few early season park runs themselves and Seppi and Wolle spent some quality time in the park and on the slopes. Also Billabong had the official Hotzone.tv Opening t-shirts on offer at their tent in the test area and we already ran out of shirts on Saturday. The revenue from the shirts will go to "Encourage Surf Therapy", a German organization that uses surfing as a therapy for kids who are recovering from a severe illness. For more information check: www.foerderkreis-syltklinik.de

Thanks to the Hotzone.tv crew, Pleasure Magazine and all the guys and girls who came by our booth and purchased an Opening t-shirt. Have a great winter season and see you around!

All pictures - Copyright Fischi - Check http://hotzonemag.com/index.php?id=152