Bad Wind – Air+Style Innsbruck 2016 Report and Gallery

[Above: Marcus Kleveland. All photos: Sami Tuoriniemi.]

The 2016 edition of Air + Style Innsbruck wrapped up this weekend combining some progressive shredding with a packed music line up and some annoyingly persistent wind, which sadly forced much of the snowboarding to be cut short.

With the organisers moving the Air + Style from the hallowed grounds of the Bergisel stadium to an open car park nearby this year – presumably to create more of a festival atmosphere for the attendees – strong winds gusting through the valley were a constant niggling problem for the riders throughout the day.

Nevertheless, the show went on and despite the blustery conditions, the riders adapted and sent it deep anyway. The 16 top from qualifying were divided up into two groups for Round 2, with the first group riding in the afternoon and the second being pushed back until the evening in the hope that the wind would piss off.

This was sadly not to be, and after a bunch of deliberation from the riders and organisers, the subsequent rounds were canned, and the highest three combined scores from round 2 were used to determine the podium.

Torgeir Bergrem was on fire in his heat, and sent a backside triple cork 1440 about as deep as was possible on the landing to do enough for the bronze, while 16 year old Marcus Kleveland claimed his first Air + Style medal with a perfect cab double cork 1440 tail and backside triple cork 1440. But it was Sebastien Toutant’s consistently huge tricks that the judges deemed the best of the day – a bolts backside triple cork 1440 indy and cab 1440 Stalefish stomped to perfection.

Even though the riding was cut painfully short, thanks to conditions that the kite surfers in the crowd would have been absolutely frothing over, Air + Style Innsbruck was still a blast, with the heavy beats of Rudimental rounding out a killer day of snowboarding and music.

Next stop, Air + Style Los Angeles! Scroll on down for a buncha blustery bangers from our Photo Ed, Sami Tuoriniemi…

Max Parrot putting the enormity of the setup into perspective
Ståle Sandbech.
Under Peetu Piiroinen's slimming black mid-layer is a torso and abdomen that would make even Mr Motivator feel gym guilt.
Torgeir Bergrem was sending it SO DEEP during qualification and was leading the pack after round one.
Is that dude in the netting levitating? Mons Roisland bringing the steez.
Werni Stock going huge
Flightless bird + shit tons of wind = Max Parrot?
Mark McMorris getting sendy
McMorris and Ståle chilling.
With the weather this blustery, we're betting the riders were pretty hyped to have that safety netting below em... Ståle Sandbech
We're not sure whether Kim Rune Hansen decided to go no-grab on this one on purpose or if he just got blown off course mid-trick
Niklas Mattsson tweaking one out
As far as we’re aware, this is one of the biggest contests Clemens Millauer has ridden to date, and he certainly rose to the occasion!
Ståle Sandbech aka Style Sandbech (haven't heard that one before) with a perfect cab 12 tailgrab
Sven Thorgren hasn't even had product placement training yet.
French Canadians pong.
Michael Ciccarelli stacking some air miles
Sebbe de Buck and Ståle keeping up with the Insta feed
The boys!
Kim Rune Hansen, through the fishbowl
Sebastien Toutant was riding super solid all day
“Erm, the wind’s not exactly backing off. The scaffolding seems to be shaking.”
Marcus Kleveland may only be 16 years old, but he was riding like a seasoned veteran. Stoked for the kid!
Sven Thorgren channels the spirit of Romain de Marchi and jibs the motor.
Sven Thorgren.
Tor Lundstrom yo!
Wait until their mums catch wind of the results! Marcus Kleveland (left), Torgeir Bergrem (right) and winner Seb Toutant (centre).


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