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How about this for a mix of contemporary snowboarding's hyper hucking badboys and some of the legends of snow surfing? Pretty. Killer.

Jorn Simen AABOE Sani ALIBABIC Fredrik AUSTBO Ingemar BACKMAN Iikka BACKSTROM Ulrik BADERTSCHER Mike BASICH Eric BEAUCHEMIN David BENEDEK Torgeir BERGREM Gjermund BRAATEN Pat BURGENER Victor DE LA RUE Danny DAVIS Fredrik EVENSEN Stefan GIMPL Marko GRILC Terje HAAKONSEN Bryan IGUCHI Yuki KADONO Sage KOTSENBURG Reto LAMM Arthur LONGO Jamie LYNN Niklas MATTSSON Mark MCMORRIS Ethan MORGAN Marius OTTERSTAD Kevin PEARCE Peetu PIIROINEN Petja PIIROINEN Jim RIPPEY Fabien ROHRER Gigi RÜF Ståle SANDBECH Clemens SCHATTSCHNEIDER Christophe SCHMIDT Seppe SMITS Sven THORGREN Roope TONTERI Sebastien TOUTANT Antoine TRUCHON Devun WALSH Mathias WEIßENBACHER Eric WILLETT Live DIE FANTASTISCHEN VIER Live KRAFTKLUB Live LEFT BOY Live MAC MILLER

No big deal. And don't forget we have 2 pairs of tickets to be won to the 20th Anniversary Air & Style. Up first on Friday will be a burn Style Session where an assortment of legends, Air&Style winners from years gone by and today's style masters will put on an epic display of pokes, tweaks and slow steely spins. This start list looks RAD.

Name Country Age

Sani Alibabic AUT 33

Fredrik Austbo NOR 24

Iikka Backstrom SWE 28

Mike Basich USA 39

David Benedek* GER 32

Danny Davis USA 24

Fredrik Evensen NOR 26

Stefan Gimpl* AUT 33 Y

Marko Grilc* SLO 29

Terje Haakonsen* NOR 38

Bryan Iguchi USA 39

Arthur Longo FRA 24

Jamie Lynn USA 39

Marius Otterstad NOR 30

Gigi Rüf AUT 31

Christophe Schmidt GER 29

Devun Walsh CAN 36

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There will also be some ceremonial stuff going on, honoring previous winners at this landmark 20th season. Air & Style founder Andrew Hourmont is hyped: “The history of snowboarding has never seen such a crazy line-up," he says, "and one that won’t be repeated any time soon, if ever. The fact that the legends of the sport are still turning up to battle is a testament to our reputation among riders. The fans can look forward to two days of snowboard history in the best of Air & Style tradition, topped off with music, shows and parties – it’s our way to say thanks for 20 years of enthusiasm and loyalty."

Also on Friday, the dudes who'll throw down in Saturday night's main event will also get a chance to send it in a jam session but, let's face it, we're all way more excited to see the old dudes rip that night.

But come Saturday, February 2nd 2013, all eyes will be on the usual big air suspects who'll be looking to push the limits of kicker riding once more to try and win this anniversary edition of the Air & Style and a slice of the 75K purse. Last year’s winner Peetu Piroiinen, Air & Style Beijing winner Yuki Kadono, third-placed in Beijing Ståle Sandbech and co-favorites Sebastien Toutant and Mark McMorris will be blurring themselves through spins, doubles and perhaps even triple corks on the demanding megakicker setup in Bergisel Stadium. Ethan Morgan will be flying the German flag, while Matthias Weißenbacher and Clemens Schattschneider will stand tall on their native snow for Austria.

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Saturday's start list looks predictably heavy.

Billabong Air & Style 6Star World Snowboard Tour Contest

Name Country Age

Jorn Simen Aaboe NOR 21

Ulrik Badertscher* NOR 24

Eric Beauchemin USA 21

Torgeir Bergrem NOR 21

Gjermund Braaten NOR 22

Pat Burgener SUI 18

Victor De La Rue FRA 23

Yuki Kadono* JPN 16

Sage Kotsenburg USA 19

Niklas Mattsson SWE 20

Mark McMorris* CAN 19

Ethan Morgan GER 21

Peetu Piiroinen* FIN 24

Petja Piiroinen FIN 19

Ståle Sandbech NOR 19

Clemens Schattschneider AUT 20

Seppe Smits BEL 21

Sven Thorgren SWE 18

Roope Tonteri FIN 20

Sebastien Toutant* CAN 20

Antoine Truchon CAN 22

Mathias Weißenbacher AUT 20

Eric Willett USA 25

If you can't make it to Innsbruck we'll have full coverage right here, plus you'll be able to peep the live stream that'll be found on the event's website: www.air-style.com. Bring it on!