According to a press release by the OESV, Tyrolean snowboarder Stefan Falkeis has decided to step back from competing in snowboard contests.
Falkeis, who made his World Cup debut in February 2003 at a big air contest in Torino and had been part of the Austrian freestyle snowboard team ever since the 2003/2004 season, said:
“Although it's not easy I finally decided to put an end to my career. I think it's time to quit. I really enjoyed being on tour and my time with the team – no matter if with Stefan Gimpl or Nici Pederzolli back in the days or with Michael Macho, Clemens Schattschneider and Adrian Krainer most recently.”
The 29-years-old, who competed in two FIS Snowboard World Championships (2009 in Gangwon, Korea as well as 2011, La Molina, Spain) bringing home a ninth and seventeenth rank and also podiumed three times in the past nine World Cup seasons (2010 2nd in Quebec, 2011 3rd in Denver and Quebec) isn't sure about his future yet the outgoing rider has a few options in store.
“My former supplier Amplid offered me a job. But I'm also into running my own snowboard shop, so, I have to find out what I want to do.”
Either way, Stefan Falkeis will remain truth to his snowboarding roots.
Photo: OESV / Maria Webhofer