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Oakley King of Greens 2014

April 3, 2014

On 20 May 2014, KING of GREENS, the international golf tournament for action sports athletes, enters the next round. After a successful 2013 premiere in Munich, this year’s meeting ground of the international elite of action sports athletes for crowning the KING of GREENS 2014 is London. It’s all about the coveted title and participation in the Pro-Am contest together with PGA European Tour professional Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ESP) in the run-up to the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth.

It is the second time that KING of GREENS is getting ready to tee off: This time the action sport professionals are following the call of the international golf tournament to the UK, one of the countries with the oldest golf traditions worldwide. On 20 May 2014, a total of 40 surfers, skateboarders, base jumpers, mountain bikers, snowboarders and freeskiers will be competing against one another on the greens of the venerable Windlesham Golf Course near Wentworth to provetheir golfing skills. Quite a few are starting with a single handicap, and all have the same ambitious goal: to beat the current KING of GREENS, Belgian Red Bull base jumper Cedric Dumont, by taking as few strokes as possible.

But the 2014 tournament is not only an absolute highlight when it comes to the athletes’ handicaps (hcp), it also excels as regards the setting and conditions. The event takes place two days before the renowned BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, and the new KING of GREENS winner will enjoy the privilege of playing in the Pro-Am contest withRafa Cabrera-Bello (ESP) and other stars of the PGA European Tour. The Pro-Am is a competition that sees professionals play shoulder to shoulder with well-known film, TV, music, fashion and sports personalities in focussed training for the tournament on the following day.

Around 40 action sports pros are expected at the Oakley KING of GREENS 2014: The current KING of GREENS, basejumper Cedric Dumont (BEL, hcp 3) is already lining up to defend his title. 2013 runner-up, snowboarder Konstantin Schad (GER, hcp 4.4) has also confirmed his attendance. And freeskier Tobi Tritscher (AUT, hcp 4) wants to improve on the third position he achieved last year.Snowboarder and participant in the 2014 Olympics,GjermundBråten (NOR, hcp 16) is part of the game.Local hero, snowboarder Ben Kilner (GBR, hcp 8) will also join in. Sven Kueenle (GER) will be bringing the freeski spirit to the greens while Javier Sarmiento (ESP, hcp 10.1) will represent the sport of skateboarding.Numerous other stars have also announced their participation!

The Oakley KING of GREENS on 20 May 2014 is a professional 18-hole golf tournament, and the perfect platform for merging the traditional game of golf with creative action sports disciplines. Action sports athletes have an opportunity to meet each other as equals andprove their skills in a dissimilar discipline. "KING of GREENS is the perfect opportunity for me to compete in a tournament of my second favourite sport", says Konstantin Schad. "I invest a great deal of time in my golf game and want to see if it’s paying off!" Only one person can clinch the title. But there will also bea battle of disciplines, a "Beat the Pro" contest in which the athletes play against golf pro Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ESP), and a Rookie Clinic for those who want to practise their tee shots.

But how and why do action sports and golf go together? All-time surf champion Kelly Slater (USA) and up-and-coming talent Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) are as addicted to golf as skateboard pro Ryan Sheckler(USA) and snowboarders PeetuPiiroinen (FIN) and Christophe Schmidt (GER). Freestyle motocrosser Ronnie Renner (USA) and X-Gamesfreeskier PK Hunder (NOR)cannot resist their irons either! Not only because golf is fun. For them it is the perfect balance to their adrenalin-charged daily business. Golf is partly systematicallyintegrated into their training schedules to promote the ability to concentrate, mental stamina and psychological stability under pressure and to visualise complex movement sequences even more accurately. Many action sports athletes have become rather ambitious in this area as well: They are meanwhile playing at a level that would be worthy of a second sports career in golf!




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