The Bergisel stadium in Innsbruck, Austria will, once again, host a festive gathering of snowboarders for the legendary 6Star Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck. The event will feature a massive straight jump for the 16 invited riders from around the world who will be competing for a share of the rich 75.000€ prize purse, the coveted “Air & Style Ring of Glory” and a maximum of 1000 TTR ranking points. The battle for the TTR Tour Champion title is really heating up and the Air & Style Innsbruck event could be a crucial result in the race to the final event, the Burton US Open, in March. Riders will also get another shot at a 6Star title one week after the Innsbruck event at the Nike 6.0 Air & Style Munich taking place on February 12th, 2011.
An all-star crew of riders will be dropping in on the impressive ramp constructed out of 280-tons of steel and wood on Saturday’s finals in the Air & Style’s signature “head-to-head” format. This is an exciting and unpredictable format where one rider is knocked out of contention in each round until there is one victorious rider at the end of the night. The riders will have 3 runs in each round. Last year’s winner, Slovenian Marco Grilc, will be ready to reclaim his title and to boost his TTR ranking from his current World No. 26 position. Battling for the top spot in the TTR rankings is Swiss wildchild, Iouri Podladtchikov, and the two-time Swatch TTR Tour Champion Peetu Piiroinen. With a good result here, Piiroinen could move from his current World No. 3 position to take over Iouri’s tour lead. Both riders have their eyes set on the title, as does the slopestyle prodigy, Sebastien Toutent (CAN), who already took the 6Star Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing by storm back in December with a Cab 1260 Double Cork.