Riders Announced for Air & Style Innsbruck

Tom Copsey Tom Copsey

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How about this for a mix of contemporary snowboarding’s hyper hucking badboys and some of the legends of snow surfing? Pretty. Killer.

Jorn Simen AABOE Sani ALIBABIC Fredrik AUSTBO Ingemar BACKMAN Iikka BACKSTROM Ulrik BADERTSCHER Mike BASICH Eric BEAUCHEMIN David BENEDEK Torgeir BERGREM Gjermund BRAATEN Pat BURGENER Victor DE LA RUE Danny DAVIS Fredrik EVENSEN Stefan GIMPL Marko GRILC Terje HAAKONSEN Bryan IGUCHI Yuki KADONO Sage KOTSENBURG Reto LAMM Arthur LONGO Jamie LYNN Niklas MATTSSON Mark MCMORRIS Ethan MORGAN Marius OTTERSTAD Kevin PEARCE Peetu PIIROINEN Petja PIIROINEN Jim RIPPEY Fabien ROHRER Gigi RÜF Ståle SANDBECH Clemens SCHATTSCHNEIDER Christophe SCHMIDT Seppe SMITS Sven THORGREN Roope TONTERI Sebastien TOUTANT Antoine TRUCHON Devun WALSH Mathias WEIßENBACHER Eric WILLETT Live DIE FANTASTISCHEN VIER Live KRAFTKLUB Live LEFT BOY Live MAC MILLER

No big deal. And don’t forget we have 2 pairs of tickets to be won to the 20th Anniversary Air & Style. Up first on Friday will be a burn Style Session where an assortment of legends, Air&Style winners from years gone by and today’s style masters will put on an epic display of pokes, tweaks and slow steely spins. This start list looks RAD.

Name Country Age
Sani Alibabic AUT 33
Fredrik Austbo NOR 24
Iikka Backstrom SWE 28
Mike Basich USA 39
David Benedek* GER 32
Danny Davis USA 24
Fredrik Evensen NOR 26
Stefan Gimpl* AUT 33 Y
Marko Grilc* SLO 29
Terje Haakonsen* NOR 38
Bryan Iguchi USA 39
Arthur Longo FRA 24
Jamie Lynn USA 39
Marius Otterstad NOR 30
Gigi Rüf AUT 31
Christophe Schmidt GER 29
Devun Walsh CAN 36

Niklas Mattsson was the surprise of last year’s event, coming all the way through to place third in his first ever Air & Style.

There will also be some ceremonial stuff going on, honoring previous winners at this landmark 20th season. Air & Style founder Andrew Hourmont is hyped: “The history of snowboarding has never seen such a crazy line-up,” he says, “and one that won’t be repeated any time soon, if ever. The fact that the legends of the sport are still turning up to battle is a testament to our reputation among riders. The fans can look forward to two days of snowboard history in the best of Air & Style tradition, topped off with music, shows and parties – it’s our way to say thanks for 20 years of enthusiasm and loyalty.”

Also on Friday, the dudes who’ll throw down in Saturday night’s main event will also get a chance to send it in a jam session but, let’s face it, we’re all way more excited to see the old dudes rip that night.

But come Saturday, February 2nd 2013, all eyes will be on the usual big air suspects who’ll be looking to push the limits of kicker riding once more to try and win this anniversary edition of the Air & Style and a slice of the 75K purse. Last year’s winner Peetu Piroiinen, Air & Style Beijing winner Yuki Kadono, third-placed in Beijing Ståle Sandbech and co-favorites Sebastien Toutant and Mark McMorris will be blurring themselves through spins, doubles and perhaps even triple corks on the demanding megakicker setup in Bergisel Stadium. Ethan Morgan will be flying the German flag, while Matthias Weißenbacher and Clemens Schattschneider will stand tall on their native snow for Austria.

The cauldron and the kicker.

Saturday’s start list looks predictably heavy.

Billabong Air & Style 6Star World Snowboard Tour Contest
Name Country Age
Jorn Simen Aaboe NOR 21
Ulrik Badertscher* NOR 24
Eric Beauchemin USA 21
Torgeir Bergrem NOR 21
Gjermund Braaten NOR 22
Pat Burgener SUI 18
Victor De La Rue FRA 23
Yuki Kadono* JPN 16
Sage Kotsenburg USA 19
Niklas Mattsson SWE 20
Mark McMorris* CAN 19
Ethan Morgan GER 21
Peetu Piiroinen* FIN 24
Petja Piiroinen FIN 19
Ståle Sandbech NOR 19
Clemens Schattschneider AUT 20
Seppe Smits BEL 21
Sven Thorgren SWE 18
Roope Tonteri FIN 20
Sebastien Toutant* CAN 20
Antoine Truchon CAN 22
Mathias Weißenbacher AUT 20
Eric Willett USA 25

If you can’t make it to Innsbruck we’ll have full coverage right here, plus you’ll be able to peep the live stream that’ll be found on the event’s website: www.air-style.com. Bring it on!

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