On Monday, Swiss freeskier Andri Ragettli became the first person to ever land a quad cork 1800 on skis at the Suzuki Nine Royals contest at the Watles resort in Italy, successfully rotating five full times while flipping off-axis four times.
“I didn’t plan on doing this trick, but it was the perfect day and the biggest and best jump that I have ever jumped,” the 18-year-old Ragettli was quoted as saying in a press release following his feat. “I was feeling it and I am super happy that it worked out right away!”
Nico Zacek, who started the Nine Royals contest back in 2008 under the name Suzuki Nine Knights, shared Ragettli’s stoke.
“The trick was picture perfect,” Zacek said in the press release. “Conditions and the shape of the feature were ideal for trying new things and Andri felt ready to go, so he sent it almost immediately.”
This is hardly the first time history has been made at the contest, which sees the best male and female snowboarders and skiers in the world come together for a week-long session on a huge snow castle that has been built up to include multiple hips, kickers and transition hits.
Last year, American freeskier David Wise set a world record by rising 46.5 feet above the lip of a hip hit during the Nine Knights Perfect Hip contest and in 2015 Slovakian snowboarder Klaudia Medlova became the first person to ever land a backside double rodeo 900 mute.
For a more in-depth look at what went into Ragettli landing his record-setting trick, watch this raw nine-minute cut:
Given the fact that Ragettli landed his trick on just the first day of competition, it’s a safe bet you will want to tune into the action at Nine Royals this week as it continues to unfold over on nineknightssnow.com.