At the 2nd February 2008 the Bergisel Stadium will once again experience a show of superlatives. For the founder Andrew Hourmont it is important that the combination of the Billabong Air & Style with the new discipline “Quarter Pipe” gives the Air & Style in Innbsruck an own identity and does not copy the Big Air event in Munich.
The starting field includes living legends such as Terje Haakonsen and further big names of the scene such as Andy Finch and Antti Autti who will be challenged by the young generation. Andrew Hourmont: “In the spotlight of the new start are especially the young riders such as Kim Rune Hansen (Winner of the O’Neill Evolution) or Kevin Pearce (Winner of the Nokia Air & Style 07). With the Billabong Air & Style we want to give them another effective platform to establish themselves.”
Now that the last tests at the Bergisel were completed successfully the Billabong Air & Style can begin. “The complicated calculations of the quarter pipe have been confirmed by the tests at the 10.01.08 in the Bergisel stadium”, says Andrew Hourmont. “The conditions for the exquisite starting field are well prepared. Now top performances and even world records are possible. The most important aspect for me is to offer the spectators a flawless and impressing show because that’s what all the fans deserve. I am sure that the atmosphere will be overwhelming – with or without a new world record.”
One rider of the starting field can not wait to prove his talent in Innsbruck at the Billabong Air & Style after having earned the highest air at the O’Neill Evolution with 8 meters height – Manuel Pietropoli. “The Quarter Pipe gives me an incredible adrenaline kick, the higher I fly the stronger these feelings get”, he says. “I guess that’s why my aim is to fly even higher than my competitors.”
Only flying is better, although it must nearly feel that way. One can expect much but still should give the young talents some time. Manuel Pietropoli: “After the Nokia Air & Style in Munich I can not wait for the Billabong Air & Style in Innsbruck to begin. In front of 12.000 fantastic spectators I hope to show my best in my favourite discipline. I know that I am capable of showing top performances; now I have to prove them on board.”
Terje Haakonsen seems to have invited a serious competitor when he asked Manuel Pietropoli to come to the Arctic Challenge last year. Manuel Pietropoli: “Terje Haakonsen is and always will be my snowboard idol, nevertheless I would be happy to tease him in Innsbruck.”
Tickets are available on www.air-style.com, the presale partner Ö-Ticket and at all the Raiffeisen Banken.