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When: Sat 31st of January 2009

Where: Innsbruck, Austria

Colin Frei (SUI) and Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) win at the Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck 2009!

The winner of the Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck 2009 is Colin Frei (SUI). The 20-year old prevailed with a McTwist Indy Grab (height 6.50 m) in a memorable final in the 12.20 m high quarterpipe over Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Olivier Gittler (FRA). The prestigious Nokia Highest Air Award went to Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) with a height of 8.80 m, just falling short of breaking Terje Haakonsen´s world record (9.80 m). 24 of the world´s best snowboarders stunned the enthusiastic crowd of 13,000 at Innsbruck´s sold-out and boiling Bergisel Stadium with a world class performance.

Peetu going massive.

Snowboard icon Terje Haakonsen (34/NOR) finished 5th. Andrew Hourmont, founder and organizer of the Billabong Air & Style: „Each one of the 13,000 spectators and the 24 riders has experienced an evening that will be a lasting memory for a long time. The Billabong Air & Style in Innsbruck has once again proven its unique position in terms of world class snowboarding and atmosphere.“ The top music acts Mando Diao from Sweden and Deichkind from Germany heavily contributed to this making the whole crowd dance.

From left to right: Peetu Piiroinen, Colin Frei and Olivier Gittler. Photo: Florian Auerbach.

This 6Star contest on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour led to a dramatic change in the world rankings: Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) took over the Tour lead from Chas Guldemond (USA).

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Billabong Air & Style 2009

Billabong Air & Style 2009

After the comeback of the Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck-Tirol 08 the successful story of the Billabong Air & Style will enter its second chapter on January, 31 st, 2009.

Preparations for the progression of the Billabong Air & Style in the Bergisel Stadium are moving forward rapidly. The format proved itself: the biggest Quarter Pipe worldwide, 24 Top-Riders and two excellent Live-Acts will (again) make the event an unforgettable evening.

Besides snowboard legend Terje Haakonsen and the great Finnish division around Antti Autti and Risto Mattila, the super talents Peter König and Werner Stock from Austria and Colin Frei from Switzerland will show their skills. More riders will be announced in the next days. The audience can be assured to see the crème de la crème of snowboarding in Innsbruck again.

The incredible event in February 08 impressed the international snowboard world. After starting as a Swatch TTR 5Star Event it has now moved up into the small elite group of 6Star events – also due to the cancellation of the Air & Style Event in Munich. This means that the event is one of the six best in the world. On top of that the Billabong Air & Style 09 is presently the biggest contest in Europe.

And that is not all – the Indie-Rock-Band Mando Diao will perform live as the headliner. The five Swedish musicians have been performing since 1999 and will definitely rock the stadium. The second top act will be announced soon.

Today, October 15th the official ticket presale starts. Grandstand tickets are available for € 34,00, VIP tickets are available for € 120,00 (both plus presale fee). The tickets can be bought on the official Air & Style homepage or at Ö-Ticket. The Bergisel Stadium has a maximum capacity of 13.000 spectators and as seen at the last Billabong Air & Style 08 it will very likely be sold out soon.

You can find further information and a live feed at the event day (provided by Mpora.tv) on air-style.com.