air and style beijing 2013 draw
a&s practice
arnie A&s

Beijing/Innsbruck, 06 December 2013 – Today´s draw of first-round fixtures for the 6Star World Snowboard Tour Air & Style Beijing 2013 made it clear, that riders will have to show their best tricks right from the start. The competition runs a head to head elimination format through rounds 1 -3 leading into the super final of 4 riders.

Top-seeded defending champion Yuki Kadono (JPN/1) encounters Tore Lundstrom (SWE). 2011 Air & Style Beijing champion Ulrik Badertscher (NOR/7) will battle with fellow Norwegian Kim Rune Hansen. 2012 third-positioned Stale Sandbech (NOR/4) is measuring his riding skills with young Chinese He Wei, the first-ever Chinese in an Air & Style competition. Last year´s 2nd-placed Peetu Piiroinen (FIN/3) meets German Ethan Morgan. 2013 Air & Style Innsbruck Champion Eric Willett (USA/2) drew Tim Kevin Ravnjak (SLO) as his first-round opponent.

1

Yuki KADONO (JPN)

vs.

Tor LUNDSTRÖM (SWE)
2

Eric WILLETT (USA)

vs.

Tim Kevin RAVNJAK (SLO)
3

Peetu PIIROINEN (FIN)

vs.

Ethan MORGAN (D)
4

Stale SANDBECH (NOR)

vs.

He WEI (CHN)
5

Sage KOTSENBURG (USA)

Vs.

Michael ROY (CAN)
6

Gjermund BRAATEN (NOR)

vs.

Nik BADEN (USA)
7

Ulrik BADERTSCHER (NOR)

vs.

Kim Rune HANSEN (NOR)
8

Emil ULSLETTEN (NOR)

vs.

Jonas BÖSIGER (SUI)
9

Mathias WEISSENBACHER (AUT)

vs.

Carlos GERBER (SUI)
10

Halldor HELGASON (ISL)

vs.

Markku KOSKI (FIN)
11

Niklas MATTSON (SWE)

vs.

Toshiki YAMANE (JPN)
12

Torgeir BERGREM (NOR)

vs.

Sven THORGREN (SWE)

After the first practice riders showed great confidence in the new set-up of the biggest artificial snowboarding ramp ever built. Stale Sandbech from Norway commented: “The kicker works very good. The broader inrun and landing give us many more options for our tricks. And having that set-up in such an impressive stadium as the Bird´s Nest is just amazing."

Stale Sandbech is in good company with his opinion. Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger was deeply impressed with the ramp and the riders´ “crazy" performance, when paying a surprise visit to the training this afternoon. He was especially taken by his fellow US-Americans Eric Willett and Sage Kotsenburg.

Weather forecast for tomorrow is good, with temperatures around 0° C, clear sky and only a very light wind.