16 riders from the age of 16 to 34 years, the Crème de la Crème in quarter pipe will be competing. Snowboarding at its best is guaranteed, when they hit the 12 meters high quarter pipe with a speed up to 90 km/h on January 31st 2009.
Beside the ring of glory for the winner, there also is the battle for the highest air. Snowboard legend Terje Haakonsen will do his best to defend his world record of 9,8 meters against the young riders. The riders list of this 6star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event is led by the third of the last event and third of the Swatch TTR World Ranking List 2007/2008 Peetu Piiroinen (FIN/20) and the last years fourth Antti Autti (FIN/23). The fourth of the Swatch TTR World Ranking List 2007/2008 Risto Mattila (FIN/27), Kim Rune Hansen (NOR/20) and the legend himself Terje Haakonsen (NOR/34) bring more Scandinavian power to Tyrol, too. The youngsters Arthur Longo (FRA/20), Colin Frei (SUI/20) and the daredevil Manuel Pietropoli (ITA/18), who has won some spectators hearts after his unfortunate bail last year, will be attending from the Alps. The Zillertal locals Werner Stock (AUT/21) and Peter König (AUT/20) enjoy their home field advantage. Germany is represented by Christophe Schmidt (GER/25) from Schliersee, eighth at the Olympic Halfpipe 2006.
Leading the charge from overseas is the Swatch TTR World Tour fifth Andy Finch (USA/27). He will defintely stick to his motto “Go big or go home”. We can also look forward to the 16 years old young blood Seb Toutant (CAN/16). The quarter pipe specialists Steve Fisher (USA/26), Shayne Pospisil (USA/23) and Chad Otterstrom (USA/32) are coming to the Bergisel, too. In total there will be 24 riders competing.
Billabong Air & Style Quarter Pipe – 31.01.2009
1. Peetu Piiroinen FIN Burton
2. Antti Autti FIN Billabong
3. Arthur Longo FRA Apo Boards
4. Colin Frei SUI K2
5. Kim Rune Hansen NOR Burton
6. Risto Mattila FIN Billabong
7. Andy Finch USA Palmer
8. Terje Haakonsen NOR Burton
9. Manuel Pietropoli ITA Burton
10. Shayne Pospisil USA Billabong
11. Werner Stock AUT Salomon
12. Peter König AUT Forum
13. Christophe Schmidt GER Head
14. Seb Toutant CAN O`Neill
15. Steve Fisher USA Sims
16. Chad Otterstrom USA Rossignol
Sounds like a blast! You better get your ticket and do the pilgrimage to Innsbruck to see some top notch snowboarding!
See you there!