13/09/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Some of the world’s best snowboarding talent has just checked in for Australia’s premier snowboarding event, Stylewars, hosted at Falls Creek, Victoria.
Due to kick off tomorrow morning Aussie time, riders have arrived and have been welcomed with some of the best snowfall that the Australian 2010 season has seen. And upon inspecting the park, the response is that the riders are thrilled and just can’t wait to hit it.
Stylewars has been an integral part of the prestigious TTR World Snowboard Tour for eight years, bringing to Australia a dynamic mix of young, fresh talent to compete with the biggest names in snowboarding from around the globe.
This year will be no exception, with an astounding five world-class international riders under the age of 19, each with a real chance of being crowned Stylewars Grand Master.
2010 welcomes TTR’s current World Number One, Gjermund Braaten (NOR). Competing in Australia for the very first time, TTR Head Judge Mel Simmons says, “There’s a lot of contention this year, but he’s definitely one to look out for.”
A fast mover-and-shaker through the TTR ranks, 16-year-old Braaten will be battling it out with headlining rider 17-year-old Sebastien Toutant (CAN). After making history at Stylewars last year, ‘Seb Toots’ is back again to blow the minds of spectators for another year, and stern on defending his Grand Master title.
Also visiting Australia for the first time are major Grand Master title contenders: recent FIS gold medallist, 16-year-old Mark McMorris (CAN), 16-year-old Tor Lundstrom (SWE), and 18-year old Kevin Backstrom (SWE).
In addition, Falls Creek welcomes international riders from Austria, USA, and New Zealand, as well as Aussies, including world-renowned Ryan Tiene, and young guns Chris De Campo and Jye Kearney.
To officially declare Stylewars open, the launch party will be held tonight featuring Aussie rockers Calling All Cars. A snowboarding festival notorious for back-to-back world-class snowboarding and entertainment, Stylewars 2010 is set to rock Falls Creek for the next three days and four-nights to come.
Presented by: Red Bull, Corona, Skullcandy, and Falls Creek resort