TTR WORLD TOUR ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 5STAR & 6STAR CALENDAR FOR 2011/12 SEASON

With the Southern Hemisphere leg done and dusted, the TTR World Snowboard Tour will take a brief hiatus before turning all focus to the Northern Hemisphere competition calendar.  The 2011/12 season marks the 10th anniversary of the TTR World Tour and the Northern Hemisphere leg is, once again, packed full of the best independent snowboard competitions in the world on all levels.  New for the TTR Tour this year is the introduction of an all-new World Tour Ranking system that is now broken out to rank riders in individual disciplines: Overall Tour Ranking, Halfpipe Tour Ranking, Slopestyle Tour Ranking and Big Air Tour Ranking.  In addition, the TTR World Tour has a new 6Star competition onboard, the World Snowboarding Championships, which will feature halfpipe, quarterpipe and slopestyle with a huge prize purse worth $500,000 USD.

6Star Calendar: Legendary Classics with a new Championship Twist
The 6Star event calendar has shaped up to be an elite list of classic events that have been around for ages with the added highlight of the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships (WSC).  The 6Star Tour will begin in December with the Shaun White Oakley Air & Style Beijing in China where riders will go head-to-head in the famed ‘bird’s nest’ National Stadium.  The Tour will then move to Switzerland in January for the O’Neill Evolution in Davos and the Burton European Open in Laax.  The European Open marks a significant milestone in the season since it will act as the qualification cut-off for the all-new World Snowboarding Championships going down in Oslo, Norway in February.  But, before the WSC gets going, riders will make a stop off in Austria for one of the longest-running events in snowboarding: The Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck.  The season will be capped off with the cornerstone of freestyle snowboarding events, the 30th annual Burton US Open, where TTR will crown the Overall, Halfpipe and Slopestyle Tour Champions.  The combined prize purse of all 6Star events for the 2011/12 season is worth a whopping $1.15-million USD.

5Star Events Keeping Riders Trotting the Globe
This year’s crop of 5Star events is looking super strong with some healthy prize money and opportunities for riders to bank valuable TTR Ranking points in all disciplines.  The 5Star calendar already kicked off with the Billabong Ante Up back in July and the Burton New Zealand Open in August, and will continue with the Sprint US Snowboarding Grand Prix set to go down in Copper, Colorado right after the Air & Style Beijing in December.  Riders have the opportunity to compete at 5Star events across the globe with the Relentless Big Air Stuttgart in Germany, The Nanshan Open in China, Burton Canadian Open in Canada, Burn River Jump in Italy and the Nescafe Champs Leysin in Switzerland.  In other 5Star event news, the Roxy crew is back on board with an all-women’s event called the Roxy Snow Pro going down in February and the Quiksilver Spring Battle has been upgraded from a 4Star event to join the 5Star lineup.  The 5Star event series for the 2011/12 season features a combined prize purse of over $500,000 USD.  Check out the full list of 5Star events below.

Mark these big dates down in your calendar and don’t forget that all 6Star events and almost all 5Star events can be viewed live via webcast, so there’s no reason to miss a beat of the action all winter long.  Check out www.ttrworldtour.com for complete event details, news, photos and fresh video content.

2011/12 TTR World Tour: 6Star Event Calendar

Event
Location
Dates
Format
Oakley Shaun White Air & Style
Beijing, China
December 1-3, 2011
BA
O’Neill Evolution
Davos, Switzerland
January 2-7, 2012
BA, HP
Burton European Open
Laax, Switzerland
January 7-14, 2012
SS, HP
Billabong Air & Style
Innsbruck, Austria
February 2-4, 2012
BA
World Snowboarding Championships
Oslo, Norway
February 12-19, 2012
SS, HP, QP
Burton US Open
Stratton, VT USA
March, 5-11 2012
SS, HP

2011/12 TTR World Tour: 5Star Event Calendar

Event
Location
Dates
Format
Billabong Ante Up
Whistler, BC Canada
July 1, 2011
BA
Burton New Zealand Open
Cardrona, New Zealand
August 8-14, 2011
SS, HP
Sprint US Snowboarding Grand Prix
Copper, CO USA
December 5-10, 2011
HP
Relentless Big Air Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany
December 16-17, 2011
BA
Nanshan Open
Beijing, China
January 13-14, 2012
SS
Burton Canadian Open
Calgary, AB Canada
Jan 1-Feb 5, 2012
SS, HP
Roxy Snow Pro 2012
Saalbach, Austria
February 9-12, 2012
SS
Burn River Jump
Livigno, Italy
February 21-24, 2012
SS
Sprint US Snowboarding Grand Prix
Mammoth, CA USA
Feb 28-March 3, 2012
SS, HP
Nescafe Champs Leysin
Leysin, Switzerland
March 1-4, 2012
SS
Quiksilver Spring Battle
Flachauwinkl, Austria
March 28-30, 2012
BA