03/04/2007 | by Onboard
One of the primary contests in the European snowboarding calendar is back again in 2007 – the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle. From March 29 to April 1 the amazing festival of freestyle, music and image will again pit some of the world’s best riders against Spain’s finest.
A festival that includes VJ’s and DJ’s, live concerts ranging from hip-hop to rock, a “Video & Photo Festival”, ice go-karting and of course, sick riding in GrandValira Snowpark El Tarter – the best resort in the heart of the Pyrenees.
After the huge success and international impact of last year’s event, GrandValira’s Total Fight Masters of Freestyle strikes again with some of the world’s best snowboarders from throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Together with the much-respected International Burton team, these riders will take on the best Spain has to offer, all taking place at the “incredible spot” of El Tarter Grandvalira (as defined by stars Nicky Wieveg and Iker Fernández!).
This year, the Grandvalira Total Fight promises to be more spectacular than ever, with the participations of the best riders from Austria, the United States, Finland, France, New-Zealand and more. It promises to be an amazing show between professional riders who will want to prove their experience and locals who will want to defend their park and take back the title of Master of Freestyle, in one of the more prestigious European contests.
Make your own prediction for who the Master! Invited riders include: Martin Cernik, Christian Haller, Nicky Wieveg, Rudi Kroell, Iker Fernandez, Quentin Robbins, Davide Buvoli, Gianluca Buvoli, Michi Stanschitz, Louis Purucker, Simon Schweiger, Jaako Ruha, Pacome Allouis, Isaac Verges, Julien Haricot, Tyler Chorlton, Sylvain Bourbousson and Igor Dominguez.
GrandValira’s Total Fight Masters of Freestyle strikes again with some of the world’s best snowboarders from throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia.
Spain’s best freestyler and three-times Olympic competitor Iker Fernández will take part in the competition, as well as a long list of professional riders such Peetu Piironein, winner of the Burton European Open. Together they will ride one of the most creative and progressive snowparks in Europe placed in Grandvalira – El Tarter. You can bet the Spanish riders are looking forward to competing in the only TTR event to take place in their country.
Also on Sunday April 1, presented by Anon and Motorota, The Total Fight Freeski will take place with the presence of the 2006 X-Games winner TJ Schiller.
TTR, the snowboarding elite
The Total Fight Masters of Freestyle snowboard competition is presented by Burton, the most prestigious and leading brand in the snowboard industry. Grandvalira’ Total Fight Masters of Freestyle made it to the TTR World Tour after only it’s second edition. This year the event will once again play host to the crème de la crème of the TTR tour, which includes only the best international freestyle events across Europe, North America and Japan.
The Total Fight Masters of Freestyle is a Slope Style competition that combines a freestyle park of halfpipe, rails and kickers. This is a dynamic and exciting format where participants compete one against one.
Creativity is the key as the riders must choose their line through the park to incorporate the different obstacles on each run, obstacles that will be built with the aim of establishing new standards in the snowboard world.
Snowpark El Tarter – Snowboard Contest
The organisers will design an exclusive, technical and spectacular Slope Style circuit for the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle. Slope Style format refers to the arrangement of the park, which incorporates an assortment of traditional freestyle obstacles down the slope of the mountain. These obstacles can include straight kickers, corner jumps, halfpipes, rails, boxes and different combinations in any imaginable way that makes for fun and progressive riding.
Trials will take place on Friday for national and international riders that have not received wildcard invitations. There will be a maximum participation of 60 riders, 15 of which will qualify for the Expression Session that will take place on Saturday.
There are 30 wildcard holders, 15 Spanish and 15 international, that will go directly to Saturday’s Expression Session. Together with the 15 riders that will qualify on Friday, Saturday’s freestyle expression event will be an exciting one with a total of 45 riders.
The Expression Session will take place on Saturday, March 31. With a minimum of 3 runs per rider, you can expect the event to last around 1.5 – 2 hours. The judges will choose the best 16 riders that will go on to compete in the Total Fight.
The Total Fight will gather the best 16 participants of the Expression Session to compete in teams of 4 riders. The highest qualifying team will compete against the lowest, the second highest against the second lowest. The starting order will alternate to ensure that each team has a chance to watch the other competitors’ runs.
From the best 16 (A Team, B Team, C Team, D Team) 2 teams will classify for the next level of finals where one group of 4 riders will compete. 2 will then make it to the grand final.
Resort chiefs, VIP’s and political celebrities will support the prize giving ceremony of this international event, with a purse of no less than 10,000 EUR.
Grandvalira Total Fight Masters of Freestyle 2007 will bring plenty of surprises, especially in the music department. The audio program includes some of the best current European artists, from Black Strobe to Dj. Naughty.
It is the third edition of this fantastic event and once again there will be plenty of activities to fill the weekend and make it the best time of your season. Fans of Punk Rock and Electronic sounds will find their place in a party that will go on all night.
On the first night several DJ’s will delight your ears with the best freestyle sound, from Electro to Hip Hop.
The second night is going to be epic, with an eccentric show by Black Strobe, the kings of “dark disco”. This peculiar duo formed by Arnaud Rebotini and Ivan Smagghe define their style as “Electronic music that is not afraid to scare people”. Both are dedicated followers of dark eighties sounds and are influenced by the French House music boom, they predated the neo-Electro scene from which the duo would find a like-minded band of friends such as James Murphy of The DFA, Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson, Canadian dandy Tiga and Belgian siblings Soulwax. Since they released “Me and Madonna” in 2002, they’ve remixed for Dave Clarke, Royksopp, The Rapture, Tiefschwarz, Playgroup and many more, and have performed at a long listo f major events such as Sonar and the Miami Winter Music Conference.
You can end your night dancing away to one of the main DJ’s of the European Electronic music scene, Dj Naughty. Filippo “Naughty” Moscatello started to compose music at the end of the 80’s, remixing his favourite songs with his first 4-tracks synthesiser. In 1993, he bought his first rythmbox and from that time on he has had regular releases. The first, co-produced with Tolis, was released on the English label ”Ferox Rec”. Following this Steve Stoll and Cari Lekebusch aquired his music for Proper and Hybrid. He has finally found his family in Munich around DJ Hell and the Ultraschall Electronic Music Club, who he had met at the beginning of the 90’s when he was in charge of the booking in a club in Ulm where DJ Hell had regular sets. They immediately hit it off, and Hell invited Filippo to play at the Ultraschall. Filippo had sent ”Boing bum Tschag” to Disko B, but Hell was so enthusiastic about it, that he decided to release it himself. It was Gigolos’ birth. Filippo will show us at this year Grandvalira Total Fight Masters of Freestyle the best of his eclectic style. He is able to play House, Techno, Electro and Disco, just as long as the sound is good. An amazing party experience for the last night of the festival!