24/02/2009 | by Onboard
When: Sat 31st of January 2009
Where: Innsbruck, AustriaColin 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).