¬†The Billabong Air & Style Quarterpipe contest takes place in¬† Innsbruck in the legendary Bergisel Stadium in Austria on February 2. It‚Äôs 15 years since the first Air & Style event took place in the very same stadium.
Along with Billabong teamriders Antti Autti (FIN), Risto Mattila (FIN) and Scotty Lago (USA) true legends of the sport such as Terje Haakonsen (NOR) and 3-times Air & Style Champion Stefan Gimpl from Austria will compete for the ‚Ç¨50.000¬† in prize money. Also riding for glory and their share of the cash will be young and promising snowboarders such as Iouri Podladtchikov (RUS), Arthur Longo (FRA) or Mason Aguirre (USA).
120 tons of steel and 4.000 cubic meters of snow will be necessary to build the 12,20m (40 feet) quarterpipe inside Bergisel Stadium located on a hill above the city of Innsbruck. After dropping in into the 38 degree landing hill of the skijump that is used as an in-run, the riders will reach up to 100km/h (62mph).
In it‚Äôs first year the Billabong Air & Style Quarter Pipe Innsbruck 2008 will be sanctioned as a five star event by the snowboarding governing body, Ticket to Ride (TTR).
‚ÄúIt is an honour for Billabong to be part of the return of Air & Style to Bergisel Stadium‚Äù, says Reid Pinder, Brand Manger Billabong Europepe. ‚ÄúEven though it is an inaugural event as a Quarter Pipe contest, this venue has such a big meaning to so many people who love the sport of snowboarding. For Billabong it feels natural to get involved with something that combines the history and the future of snowboarding in such a unique location. We are looking forward to a great event with the World‚Äôs best snowboarders.‚Äù
Queens of the Stone Age will also perform as musical headliner of the night.
Tickets for the Billabong Air & Style Quarter Pipe Innsbruck 2008 are already available for ‚Ç¨29 (plus ticket service charge). They will be available online through www.oeticket.com or www.air-style.com.