Innsbruck, December 28th, 2007: Davos, Switzerland, is set and ready to host the O’Neill Evolution directly after the New Year as it throws the Tour into top gear from January 2nd to 7th 2008 with the third SIX(6)STAR competition on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour.
With two times 1000 Swatch TTR ranking points up for grabs in the Halfpipe and Quarterpipe formats, plus a $100,000 USD prize purse, the O’Neill Evolution will definitively have a significant bearing on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Championship Title and $250,000 USD end of season prize purse.
Top riders have confirmed their place for the O’Neill Evolution, including pro shredders such as current TTR World No. 5, Chas Guldemond (USA), World No. 8 Andy Finch (USA), defending 07 Quarterpipe Champion, Nicolas Mueller (SUI), 06/07 World No. 2, Antti Autti (FIN), 05/06 TTR Tour Champion, Mathieu Crepel (FRA) and 05/06 World No. 2 Risto Mattila (FIN).On the comeback trail after and early season shoulder injury, 07 Evolution Halfpipe champion, Antti Autti (FIN), is to set unleash a riding storm as he opens his 07/08 Tour Title aspirations. Having already missed two crucial encounters at the first SIX(6)STAR events, the Nokia Air&Style and Nissan X-Trail Jam in December, Antti is fired up to assert his dominance and defend his title in Davos.
Chas Guldemond (USA), who currently sits at TTR World No. 5, is certain to move past Kevin Pearce (USA) into World No. 2 just behind current Tour leader, Torstein Horgmo (NOR), with a podium at the O’Neill Evolution Halfpipe contest. With the Quarterpipe results up for grabs the following day, failing injury, Chas looks set to steal the Tour lead from teammate, Horgmo, by the end of the weekend.
Not to be discounted is two times Champion in Davos, transition master Andy Finch (USA), fresh off his 2nd in the Quarterpipe section of the Nissan X-Trail Jam who is set to invade the Swatch TTR Top 5. Old rivals, 05/06 TTR Tour Champion, Mathieu Crepel (FRA) fresh off his 3rd overall and 05/06 Risto Mattila (FIN) 2nd overall result and Big Air win at the Nissan X-Trail Jam, will be battling for the highest spot, posting their 3rd results respectively of the season and set to move into TTR Top 10.
With a world class Superpipe and Quarterpipe alongside mind blowing snow conditions so far this season, the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour launches into 2008 with the explosive O’Neill Evolution. As the third of six, SIX(6)STAR events, riders will no doubt throw down their best lines and combos as they chase after the Tour Champion Title.
The Swatch TTR SIX(6)STAR, O’Neill Evolution, proudly provides an Open Qualification section for any riders who wish to participate in the event. All riders who participate receive TTR SIX(6)STAR Ranking Points, and the top 16 riders qualify for the Semi-Finals.
At the time of writing this, there were 90 inscribed riders. Inscription can be done on-site, where places remain or by visiting the O’Neill Evolution home page at:http://www.oneilleurope.com/evolution/
LIVE WEBCAST OF HALFPIPE AND QUARTERPIPE FINALS
The O’Neill Evolution will be available live and online for all Tour fans through www.ttrworldtour.com and www.freecaster.com. TTR will also deliver behind-the-scenes action with rider shout outs and interviews form before and after the competition. Be sure to check out the Swatch TTR homepage for all the latest Tour videos and ranking updates.
Confirmed Riders for O’Neill Evolution:
Antti Autti (FIN)
Chas Guldemond (USA)
Markku Koski (FIN)
Markus Keller (SUI)
Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)
Janne Korpi (FIN)
Mathieu Crepel (FRA)
Henning Marthinsen (NOR)
Gigi Rueff (AUT)
Andy Finch (USA)
Risto Mattila (FIN)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Fredi Kalbermatten (SUI)
Andre Kuhlmann (GER)
Eirik Haugo (NOR)
Werner Stock (AUT)