Innsbruck ready for the Air & Style

Fri 01 February 08

The Air & Style kicks off tommorow (2nd Feb) from the Bergisel Stadium in Innsbruck and you can watch it LIVE on this website

Innsbruck ready for the Air & Style

Innsbruck ready for the Air & Style © Photo: Air & Style

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Rockin Bands. Amazing Riders. One colossal quarterpipe. The Swatch TTR FIVE(5)STAR Billabong Air & Style Quarterpipe 2008 is going to set a new precedent for competitive riding. On February 2nd 2008, the Air & Style returns to the Bergisel Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria and will host some of the best and most progressive riders around, ready to battle it out for Quarterpipe glory and climb the TTR Rankings. With 850 TTR ranking points going to the winner, and a 50 000 Euro prize purse, Innsbruck is about to witness the biggest and most stylish airs at a level that will blow minds, with the potential for a new World Record height, currently held by Terje Haakonsen at 9.8m.

The 07/08 Tour season is progressing rapidly, and things are coming down to the wire as riders are now posting all six required results needed to finish high in the rankings and have a shot at becoming the Swatch TTR Tour Champion. Risto Mattila from Finland has already posted six very strong results, securing an unassailable lead going into the Billabong Air & Style. Only his highest six results are counted toward his point total, therefore, in order to increase his lead in preparation for the rest of the tour, Risto will have to finish first or second in Innsbruck. Given his record of Quarterpipe and Halfpipe finishes this season alone, a top podium result for Risto certainly isnt out of the question.

Air & Style 2008 preparations

Further down in the rankings, well see a few battles play out at the FIVE(5)STAR Billabong Air & Style Quarterpipe Session. TTR World No. 2 is up for grabs between Andy Finch (USA), Kevin Pearce (USA), and Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), who have all recently won Quarterpipe and Halfpipe Titles and are all equally capable of winning the Billabong Air & Style Title.

 

Air & Style
Air & Style
Photo: Air & Style, MarkLandwehr

The race for TTR Champion continues as other riders bring all they have to Innsbruck. Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov will be looking for a Top 5 finish at the Billabong Air & Style to move from World No. 6 into the Swatch TTR Top 5. The TTR Top 10 will also see some drastic changes as Mason Aguirre (USA), Markus Keller (SUI), Marku Koski (FIN), Antti Autti (FIN) and Scotty Lago (USA) will fight with their stylish big air moves for a spot in the Swatch TTR Top 10.
Arthur Longo from France will also be looking to make the Top 15 as local Austrian rider Werner Stock makes a huge leap from his current place at World No. 86 into the TTR Top 50. Steve Gruber from Austria has also been invited to compete, posting his second TTR result of the 07/08 season as German rider Alex Schmaltz posts his first.

On top of all the Tour suspense and big air quarterpipe action, Queens of the Stone Age are set to rock the stadium filled to the brim with an 12 000 strong audience.

New Riders List For Billabong Air & Style Quarterpipe 2008:

  1. Kevin Pearce            USA    Burton
  2. Pat Moore               USA    Forum
  3. Andy Finch              USA    Rip Curl, Palmer
  4. Antti Autti                FIN     Flow, Billabong
  5. Risto Mattila             FIN     Flow, Billabong
  6. Scotty Lago             USA    Flow, Billabong
  7. Manuel Pietropoli       ITA     Burton
  8. Shayne Posposil        USA    Billabong
  9. Markus Keller           SUI     Nitro
  10. Arthur Longo            FRA    APO
  11. Iouri Podladtchikov    SUI     Santa Cruz
  12. Mason Aguirre          USA    Burton
  13. Kim Rune Hansen      NOR    Burton
  14. Peetu Piiroinen         FIN     Burton
  15. Daisuke Murakami    JPN     K2
  16. Colin Frei                 SUI     K2
  17. Tore Holvik              NOR    Bataleon
  18. Markku Koski           FIN     Quiksilver
  19. Werner Stock           AUT    Salomon
  20. Frederik Austbo        NOR    Quiksilver
  21. Alex Schmaltz          GER    Voelkl
  22. Stefano Munari         ITA     ONeill
  23. Steve Gruber           AUT    Adidas, Aesthetiker


Points Allocation FOUR(4)STAR
1st 850, 2nd 800.95, 3rd 765, 4th 737.85, 5th 716.05

2007/2008 - Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Ranking as of:29/1/08

Rank

Name

Sponsors

Nation

Score

1

Mattila, Risto

Billabong Flow Giro, Kostum

FIN

(870.95)

2

Finch, Andy

Palmer, Ripcurl

USA

(801.61)

3

Pearce, Kevin

Burton Adio, Frends, Oakley, Volcom

USA

(800.98)

4

Guldemond, Chas

DC Electric

USA

(743.60)

5

Horgmo, Torstein

DC Oakley

NOR

(743.04)

6

Podladtchikov, Iouri

Red Bull, Santa Cruz, Spy, Volcom

SUI

(716.23)

7

Piiroinen, Peetu

Burton Anon, Battery

FIN

(697.47)

8

Aguirre, Mason

Burton Globe, Nixon, Smith

USA

(670.31)

9

Bang, Mikkel

Burton Analog, DVS, Red

NOR

(606.10)

10

Humphreys, Tim

Flow Bolle, Sessions

USA

(602.87)

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