Frei takes the Air & Style

Sun 01 February 09

The fierce competition, electric atmosphere and vocal crowd combined together to psych the riders to the limit. Frei stomped a massive Mctwist Indy, rising to just over 6.5m, earning him the prestigious 'Ring Of Glory' WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS HERE

TTR 2008 Swatch logo

The 6Star Billabong Air & Style saw the Bergisel Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, jam-packed with screaming fans as Colin Frei (SUI) flew sky high and launched himself to victory. Peetu Piiroinen’s (FIN) consistent amplitude placed him in second place which shot him into Swatch TTR World No.1, overtaking Chas Guldemond (USA). Throughout the night riders attacked the 12.2m Quarterpipe and put their bodies on the line for the chance to earn 1000 ranking points and a piece of the €75 000 EUR. The Air & Style 09 saw the Swatch TTR Title race heat up and the aftershocks are still reverberating through Innsbruck.

Colin Frei was beyond stoked after his unexpected win: “Before the last run I just thought – just shoot it all the way! And I did it. I still cannot believe that I won this contest. Crazy!”

Billabong Air-Style09 winner Colin Frei
Billabong Air-Style09 winner Colin Frei
Photo: Matthias Indermühle

The fierce competition, electric atmosphere and vocal crowd combined together to psych the riders to the limit. Frei stomped a massive Mctwist Indy, rising to just over 6.5m, earning him the prestigious ‘Ring Of Glory”. Peetu grabbed second with consistent BS 5s and also took out the ‘Nokia Highest Air’, rising to 8.8m. After his efforts he is now amped to be in Swatch TTR World No.1 “I have never been World No 1 so it feels really good. It was my goal. But with more 6Star events coming up it may change.” Olivier Gittler (FRA) rounded out the top 3 with a massive Mctwist that saw him step into Swatch TTR World No 15.

Billabong Air-Style09 winners podium
Billabong Air-Style09 winners podium
Photo: FlorianAuerbach

Other key movers and shakers in the Swatch TTR ranking included Chas Guldemond (USA) dropping down to World No. 2 as crowd favourite Antti Autti (FIN) moved into World No.6. Kim Rune Hansen (NOR) climbed in the TTR Top 20 at World No.17 with Arthur Longo sitting on the cusp in World No. 21. Norwegian Rookie, Staale Sandbech also continued his good form and cruised into World No.29, nipping at the heels of Jack Mitrani (USA) in World No. 27 and Seppe Smits (BEL) in World No.24.

With the 6Star Billabong Air & Style now over, the Tour seriously goes into hyper drive. It is 5Star action galore in the coming days with the 5Star Burton Canadian Open taking place February 2nd - 8th , 2009, the 5Star Crans-Montana Champs Open presented by Rip Curl going down February 4th – 8th, 2009 and the 5Star Red Bull Snowscrapers rocking New York on February 5th ,2009

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Full results

Rank BIB Lastname Firstname Nationality City YoB Sponsor Round Points
1 5 Frei Colin SUI Davos Platz 1988 K2 F 244.00
2 2 Piiroinen Peetu FIN Hyvinkää 1988 Burton F 231.00
3 14 Gittler Olivier FRA Corenc/Isere 1990 Burton F 226.00
4 3 Autti Antti FIN Rovaniemi 1985 Flow F 224.00
5 9 Haakonsen Terje NOR Molde 1974 Burton F 223.00
6 11 Pospisil Shayne USA Mammoth Lakes 1985 Billabong F 160.00
7 12 Murakami Daisuke JPN Sapporo 1983 K2 F 124.00
8 24 Craven Dustin CAN Calgary 1988 Capita F 28.00
9 20 Guldemond Chas USA Truckee 1987 DC Shoe Co USA Q 204.00
10 1 Lago Scotty USA Seabrook 1987 Flow Q 200.00
11 4 Longo Arthur FRA Les Deux Alpes 1988 Apo Boards Q 196.00
12 8 Finch Andy USA Truckee 1981 Palmer Q 195.00
13 18 Marthinsen Henning NOR Hakadal 1983 NikeACG Q 194.00
14 6 Hansen Kim Rune NOR Hamar 1988 Burton Q 193.00
15 22 Sandbech Stale NOR Oslo 1993 Oakley Q 193.00
16 7 Mitrani Jack USA Mammoth Lakes 1988 Burton Q 193.00
17 16 Otterstrom Chad USA Breckenridge 1976 Rossignol Q 189.00
18 25 Korpela Niki FIN Espoo 1991 Forum Q 182.00
19 10 Pietropoli Manuel ITA Lonato 1990 Burton Q 179.00
20 19 Krijbolder Steve NED Zoetermeer 1991 O´Neill Q 171.00
21 13 Stock Werner AUT Tux 1987 Salomon Q 170.00
22 23 Smits Seppe BEL Westmalle 1991 Burton Q 160.00
23 27 Morgan Ethan GER Mittenwald 1991 Forum Q 133.00
24 15 Koenig Peter AUT Fügen 1988 Forum Q 126.00

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Innsbruck, Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “European capital of Snowboarding, but you need to travel to the slopes”

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TTR Tour Standings

Mens Big-Air Leaderboard
1. Willett, Eric (709.12)
2. Hansen, Kim Rune (705.01)
3. Parrot, Maxence (700.00)
4. Truchon, Antoine (636.17)
5. Thorgren, Sven (602.06)
Mens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Gold, Taylor (882.80)
2. Bretz, Greg (858.51)
3. Hiraoka, Taku (847.16)
4. Hirano, Ayumu (833.53)
5. Vito, Louie (713.54)
Mens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. McMorris, Mark (968.03)
2. Sandbech, Stale (916.33)
3. Parrot, Maxence (905.33)
4. Thorgren, Sven (802.90)
5. Kotsenburg, Sage (785.45)
Womens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Clark, Kelly (1000.00)
2. Kim, Chloe (867.90)
3. Bleiler, Gretchen (851.23)
4. Farrington, Kaitlyn (796.03)
5. Gold, Arielle (773.27)
Womens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. Anderson, Jamie (966.67)
2. Rukajärvi, Enni (883.43)
3. Pancochova, Sarka (845.16)
4. Norendal, Silje (831.27)
5. Derungs, Isabel (816.28)

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