For their 20th anniversary, the Air & Style Innsbruck has turned into a two day event full of action, legends, and even more parties. This Friday, the event kicked off with the riders draw, a short jam session of tomorrow's contestants, and most of all the burn Style Session - featuring most legends competing over the illustrous history of the contest series.
After a night of style and nostalgia it was Marko Grilc who took home 10,000 Euros prize money for the most stylish trick of the night: an über-styled cab rodeo. However, little did this victory matter to the many fans, who had been cheering for legends like Terje Haakonsen, Bryan Iguchi, Michi Albin, or local heros like Stefan Gimpl or Thomas 'Beckna' Eberharter.
Other noteworthy tricks and style masters included Sani Alibabic's back 5s and 7s, Werni Stock's switch backside 5 (including a good poke and shifty), Arthur Longo's back 7 melon, and Elias Elhardt's back 5. In short: You should have been there! Especially since in between jamming and sessioning, Austrian fleeting music star Leftboy, and German grandfathers of hip-hop Die Fantastischen Vier were rocking the surprisingly packed venue.
We cannot wait to see tomorrow's action by the current elite of big air snowboarding. It will be interesting to see how (and if) the style and slow spins of the old guys rubbed off onto current slopestyle wizards like Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, Antoine Truchon or Seppe Smits...
Tomorrow's Knock-Out Round:
Yuki Kadono vs. Petja Piiroinen
Clemens Schattschneider vs. Maxence Parrot
Sebastien Toutant vs. Jørn Simen Aabøe
Eric Willet vs. Ethan Morgan
Niklas Mattson vs. Eric Beauchemin
Seppe Smits vs. Sage Kotsenburg
Ståle Sandbech vs. Ulrik Badertscher
Mark McMorris vs. Victor De Le Rue
Antoine Truchon vs. Matthias Weißenbacher
Roope Tonteri vs. Emil Ulstetten
Gjermund Bråten vs. Sven Thorgren
Peetu Piiroinen vs. Aleksander Østreng