Scuol, Switzerland – June 20, 2011: The TTR World Tour is getting ready to kick off its 10th season of snowboarding with the 5Star Billabong Ante Up in Whistler, Canada before heading down to New Zealand and Australia for the Southern Hemisphere leg of the tour. The Southern Hemisphere calendar is full of highlights including the 3Star Dew Hut Jam in July, and the 4Star Billabong Bro Down, 5Star Burton New Zealand Open and 4Star Stylewars all happening in August. There is a ton of action lined up for the 2011/12 season including an all-new ranking system, the 6Star World Snowboarding Championships in February and all the other elite events the TTR World Tour is known for.
New Ranking System and World Titles in 2012
The TTR World Ranking system has been totally overhauled and will now be split into four separate world ranking lists: TTR Slopestyle World Tour Ranking, TTR Halfpipe World Tour Ranking, TTR Overall World Tour Ranking and TTR Big Air World Tour Ranking. The 5Star Billabong Ante Up and the 5Star Burton New Zealand Open will be the first two major events where riders will be able to earn points that will count towards these new ranking lists. Check out www.ttrworldtour.com <http://www.ttrworldtour.com/> for a complete breakdown on how the new ranking system works.
Summer Calendar Packed Full of Sick Events
The Billabong Ante Up will kick off the 2011/12 TTR World Tour season on July 1, 2011 in Whistler and will register the first results that will count for the TTR Big Air World Tour Rankings. With big air competition specialists such as Mark McMorris, Sebastien Toutant and Seppe Smits all slated to attend, Whistler will be playing host to some intense action on the massive jump. The cornerstone event of the Southern Hemisphere season, the Burton New Zealand Open, is back as a 5Star competition and will be the first major event where men and women can bank ranking points for the Halfpipe and Slopestyle ranking lists. The NZ Open will be going down at Cardrona Alpine Resort from August 9th to 13th, 2011. Check out the list of great Southern Hemisphere events below and check out ttrworldtour.com for the complete calendar:
5Star Billabong Ante Up – Whistler, B.C., Canada July 1, 2011
4Star Billabong Bro Down – Wanaka, New Zealand, August 5-6, 2011
5Star Burton New Zealand Open – Wanaka, New Zealand, August 9-13, 2011
3Star New Zealand Winter Games – Wanaka, New Zealand, August 19-24, 2011
4Star Stylewars – Falls Creek, Australia, August 21-24, 2011
3Star Dew Hut Jam Mt. Buller, Australia, July 30-31, 2011
The Road to the 2012 World Snowboarding Championships
The inaugural 6Star World Snowboarding Championships (WSC) will take place February 10-19, 2012 in Oslo, Norway and will feature halfpipe and slopestyle competitions. Riders still have the opportunity to qualify for one of the 240 spots available and can do so through the TTR World Rankings. The TTR Top 50 men and Top 30 women on the Halfpipe World Ranking List or the Slopestyle World Ranking List as of January 16th, 2012, will automatically be eligible to compete at the WSC. Riders who are currently outside the TTR Top 50 men or Top 30 women still have the opportunity to improve their ranking position and can begin earning some major points at the Burton Zealand Open in August and by continuing to compete at TTR events up until the January 16th qualification cut-off date. For more complete information on the WSC, please visit: www.wsc2012.com.
ABOUT TTR PRO SNOWBOARDING:
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, TTR (Ticket To Ride) PRO SNOWBOARDING is a non-profit, rider-driven organization that owns and operates the TTR World Snowboard Tour and the TTR World Ranking Lists. TTR Pro Snowboarding strives to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world using authenticity, accessibility and innovation as guiding principles and has developed the TTR World Tour into the most exposed snowboard tour worldwide featuring a 10-month season filled with hundreds of grass roots and major independent freestyle snowboarding events. Events are rated on a 1-through-6Star system, where all competing athletes earn TTR world ranking points based on the star level of each event; a 6Star event holds the highest allocation of ranking points. The TTR awards World Champion titles based on the World Ranking lists in four different areas including halfpipe, slopestyle, big air (men-only) and overall. In February 2012, the TTR and the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) will hold the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships, an elite level event that will be held every four years in alternating cities around the world.