Well, well, well. What do we make of a press release's title that says "Freeskiing stronger than ever"? Let's see how we can tweak the latest announcement to make it talk about what we really care about: Some of the best snowboarders in the world kicking off the European winter with their latest trickery. New for 2010: All important action will take place on Saturday and Sunday only. Alright, here we go then: 09

Iouri Podladtchikov in snowboarding, Mat Rebeaud in FMX, Sandro Dias in skateboarding, and all the best athletes you could dream of seeing from some other weird pastime. The starting lineup for Europe’s largest freestyle sports event guarantees peak athletic performances. And the great thing about this year: Since the event is concentrated on two days, all invited big names are sure to be at the start on Saturday.

While the top competitors in each discipline were spread out across the Friday and Saturday qualification rounds in previous years, this year’s new concentration on two days guarantees that all the best athletes will appear on Saturday. This will make Saturday’s competitions even more impressive and will give a hint of the spectacle awaiting visitors during Sunday’s finals. Particularly in a discipline Onboard readers don't care much about, a lot of big shots will show up. 09 09

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Confirmed Snowboarders

1 Andreas Wiig (NOR)

2 Christian Haller (SUI)

3 Elias Elhardt (GER)

4 Eric Willett (USA)

5 Ethan Morgan (GER)

6 Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)

7 Marko Grilc (SLO)

8 Mathieu Crepel (FRA)

9 Pat Burgener (SUI)

10 Peetu Piiroinen (FIN)

11 Sebastien Toutant (CAN)

12 Werner Stock (AUT)

Program 2010

Thursday, September 23

From 21:15 Swiss Snowboard Awards at Stall6/Gessnerallee

Friday, September 24

From 21:00 Riders Welcome Party including Delinquent Habits concert at Papiersaal (Sihlcity, Zurich)

Saturday, September 25

11:00 Doors open

13:00 Skateboard Qualification

14:00 Freeski Qualification

15:45 FMX Qualification

16:45 Concert

17:45 Snowboard Qualification

19:00 Movie premiere Volcom 9191 Snowboard Movie

20:00 Concert Cali P and the Soul Fire Band

21:00 PlayStation Gaming: Move

21:30 Crossover Session: snowboard, freeski, FMX, skateboard

23:00 End of program

Label World open until 23:00 Bars and restaurants open until 02:00

From 22:00 Afterburner Party at Härterei (Maag-Areal) on two floors

Sunday, September 26

11:00 13:00 13:30 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00

11:00 Doors open

13:00 Skateboard Semi

13:30 Final PlayStation Gaming: Shaun White Skateboarding

14:00 Freeski Semi Final

15:00 FMX Semi Final

16:00 Snowboard Semi Final

17:00 Finals: snowboard, freeski, FMX, skateboard

18:00 Prize-giving freestyle.champs

Label World open until 19:00 Bars and restaurants open until 19:00

* Subject to change