Once again on December 4, 1999, for the seventh year in a row, the G-Shock Air & Style brings sixteen of the most famous big air specialists like Ingemar Backman, Peter Line, and Michi Albin to the Bergisel Stadium on the hill above the lovely Tyrolian town of Innsbruck.
Like last year, this Austrian town is the only place to be in Europe in early December when the Air & Style, the largest inner-city big air contest in the world, goes off with live music from MTV’s special musical guests Ice-T and Creed, as well as non-stop DJ-ing compliment the all-day action festival.
The monster kicker, a revamped Olympic freestyle jump with an added quarterpipe at the base of the run allow riders to perform amazing, almost acrobatic feats while travelling at least 23 meters down the slope. The winner of the event takes home 30,000 dollars and a new Audi Quatro A3. And this year the G-Shock Air & Style will offer a special bonus freestyle round with guest judges pro surfer Tom Carroll and pro snowboard legend Mike Basich. The prize for this bonus round: Two round trip tickets to Fiji for one of the 20 lucky freestylers invited to compete.
“This event is one of the best!,” says competitor Chris Brown “Tons of people, bright lights, and an icy kicker, what more could you want?”
Like past years, event organizers are speculating an audience of at least 40,000 people to cheer the riders on. The format for the contest is the best two of four jumps off the traditional straight big air that measures three meters in height. And like last year, there will be the additional quarterpipe competition which allows more male riders to be part of the contest, and of course brings the female riders into the Air & Style spotlight.
The Air & Style is best known for being the first inner-city contest in the world and has been the model for numerous contest to follow. Along with the big air competition, the event also draws a lot of recognition with the big name bands they bring to the venue. The event officially kicks off on December 4, however, an award ceremony announcing the top European riders starts off the weekend late Friday night and festivities from the opening party will undoubtedly continue well into early Saturday morning prior to the contest.
Can’t make it to the final G-shock Air & Style of the millennium? No worries. This year no one needs to miss the G-Shock Air & Style thanks to live cybercasting coverage all day at www.air-style.com, or tune your radio to FM4 where the contest will be run live from 7pm on through the evening. Also come play the new Air & Style snowboarding game on the event website beginning December 3, 1999.