The four-day festival, which is an integral part of the prestigious TTR (Ticket To Ride) World Snowboard Tour, will kick off on Monday the 24th of August. Heralding an impressive history, `07 Stylewars witnessed the world’s biggest jump ever in competition, measuring a whopping 145 feet from take off to landing and last year saw the icy jaws of the Red Bull gap where if not cleared safely would have resulted in running into a wall of ice and plummeting 3 stories to the flat.
Torstein Horgmo, from Norway, nabbed the title of Stylewars Grandmaster in `07 and had it narrowly stolen from him in `08 by the dark horse Charles Reid from Canada. Reid will be back this year defending his win after 12 months of huge results placing him at the top of the World Ranking list on a number of occasions. However, he has some serious contenders to deal with.
This year, the Stylewars line-up is proud to confirm Sebastien Toutant, from Canada, who made history last week with the first backside double corked 1440 ever mastered in major competition, fast-tracking him to win first place at the Burton NZ Open in Slopestyle. Let’s see if he can match his performance down under once more.
Australian favourites hitting the famous Stylewars course this year are former Stylewars Grandmaster Ryan Tiene of international snowboard film fame, Jye Kearney, the 16 year old with talent as big as his stature, and Nathan Perry and Tim Laidlaw straight off the back of their Quiksilver win at the Mountain Dew Hut Battle for Supremacy.
Wednesday night brings an additional feast for the senses for all Stylewars spectators in the Village Bowl with an under-light Rail Jam consisting of a 28-stair set-up rocking to the beats of DJ Perplex the 3-time Australian DMC DJ champion.
Notorious for nightlife that matches up to performances on the slopes, live music will be hosted each night from Tuesday through to the Friday at Falls Creek’s most popular hangouts, the Man and the Frying Pan.
Featuring top acts including Space Invadas, Koolism, DJ Danialsan, Katalyst, Motley and DJ Perplex, make sure you get organised and book your booty in for some back to back entertainment for four entire days and nights.
Rider List Stylewars 2009
Sebastien Toutant [CAN], Charles Reid [CAN], Danny Kass [USA], Matts Kulisek [CAN], Mikkel Bang [NOR], Eric Willett [USA], Mark Sollars [CAN], Marco Grilc [SLO], Sage Kotsenburg [USA], Chris Kroll [AU], Michael Stanschitz [AU], Herby Thaler [AU], Jacob Koia [NZ], Ryan Tiene [AUS], Jye Kearney [AUS], Nick Gregory [AUS], Nathan Perry [AUS], Cohen Davies [AUS], Andy Lloyd [AUS], Darragh Walsh [AUS], Christopher de Campo [AUS], Charlie Steinbacher [AUS], Ben Fawcett [AUS], Mikey Williams [AUS], Adrian Pelly [AUS], Sam Murphy [AUS], Tim Laidlaw [AUS], Andrew Roth [AUS], Iver Lynne [AUS], Steve Tongnazini [AUS], Tom Pelley [AUS], Chris Eacott [AUS],