White Wins Air & Style

Seefeld/Tirol (13.12.2003) Shaun White is the winner of the 11th Nokia Air & Style Snowboard Festival. The young Californian impressed 13.000 spectators in the sold-out Casino Arena with the most difficult tricks and the best style. Joni Malmi from Finland became second, Nicolas Müller from Switzerland became third.

The 11th Nokia Air & Style Snowboard Festival is one of the most important snowboard contests worldwide (prize money: ‚¬ 75.000). Attracted by the exclusive mixture of snowboarding, action and music thousands of spectators visit the Air & Style every year. For the first time the event was expanded to a two days festival.

On Friday seven riders qualified for round 2 on Saturday. 5.000 watched 32 of the world’s best snowboarders fighting for the top positions. Besides the spectacular snowboard show (big-air and freestyle elements) the Red Bull FMX Show (freestyle motocross) was an outstanding highlight. Three FMX superstars, “Mad Mike Jones, Tommy Clowers and Nate Adams enthused the visitors in Seefeld. The bands †žDie Happy”, “Beginner”, †žGang Starr”, †žWir sind Helden”, †žDonots” and †žLagwagon” were live on stage during this festival..

The elite of snowboarding came together on Saturday. Three time Air & Style champion Stefan Gimpl, last year’s winner David Benedek and spinmaster Marc-Andre Tarte were three of the sixteen best. Like last year Marc-Andre was able to do the †žtwelve-sixty” (3 ½ rotations), Friedl Kolar took the risk of a one-footer and Nicolas Müller did a perfect “backside 720 japan air. Judges were honoring not only the technique but also the style. Shaun White showed the best combination of both: a perfectly landed †žcab 900”.

Final results:

Name
Country Points Sponsor
1. Shaun White (USA) 721 Burton
2. Joni Malmi (FIN) 628 Forum
3. Nicolas Müller (SUI) 550 Burton
4. Friedl Kolar (AUT) 407 A-Boards5. Marc-Andre Tarte (CAN) 271 Völkl

Best Trick Session

At the Best Trick Session two snowboarders start at same time. The best performance was shown by the austrians Chriss Kröll and Wolle Nyvelt (pricemoney: ‚¬ 5.000)

Action on Top: Red Bull FMX-Show

The FMX riders showed: Breathtaking tricks and stunts performed during the flight over enormous ramps and obstacles (“Tsunami, “Superman, “Cliffhanger or “Kiss of death). Mike Jones’ no hand landings and Nate Adams’ back flips were the absolute highlight during the show

Result — qualification Friday 2:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. Punkte

1. Chris Kröll AUT Völkl 304*
2. Aleksi Vanninen FIN Elan 300*
3. Andreas “Mone Monsberger AUT Quiksilver 291*
4. Antti Autti FIN Flow 290*
5. Eirik Haugo NOR Santa Cruz 288
6. Kyle Clancy USA Quiksilver 285
7. Marco Grilc SLO Burton 280
8. Flo Mausser AUT F2 270
9. Dimitri Fesenko RUS Völkl 268
10. Sani Alibabic AUT Burton 263
11. Mini Karpf GER Burton 244
12. Julien Haricot FRA Burton 209
13. Franck Moissonier FRA Hammer 184
14. Ikka Backström FIN Sims 172
15. Jon Cartwright CAN Hammer 85
16. Jaakko Seppala FIN Burton 68* qualified for round 1

Results — round 1 Friday 5:20 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. Punkte

1. Antti Autti FIN 590*
2. Steve Gruber AUT 558*
3. Martin Cernik CZE 543*
3. Eero Niemela FIN 543*
5. Hampus Mosesson SWE 533*
6. Christoph Weber GER 528*
7. Andreas Monsberger AUT 515*
8. Max Henault CAN 508
9. Tom Eberharter AUT 488
10. Freddi Kalbermatten SUI 485
11. Christophe Schmidt GER 482
12. Aleksi Vanninen FIN 470
13. Jakob Wilhelmson SWE 450
14. Mathieu Crepel FRA 439
15. Roger Hjelmstadtuen NOR 430
16. Wolle Nyvelt AUT 426
17. Chris Kröll AUT 402
18. Marius Otterstad NOR 379
19. JP Solberg NOR 329
20. Heinz Löhle GER 312* qualified for round 2

Results round 2 Saturday 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. Punkte

1. Marc-Andre Tarte CAN Völkl 593*
2. Shaun White USA Burton 589*
3. Nicolas Müller SUI Burton 570*
4. Joni Malmi FIN Forum 569*
5. Friedl Kolar AUT A-Boards 567*
6. Eero Niemela FIN Rossignol 554
7. Christoph Weber GER Salomon 551
8. Hampus Mosesson SWE Quiksilver 543
9. Antti Autti FIN Flow 532
10. Gigi Rüf AUT Burton 526
11. Quentin Robbins NZE Völkl 475
12. Steve Gruber AUT OP 457
13. Andreas Monsberger AUT Quiksilver 430
14. Martin Cernik CZE Quiksilver 368
15. David Benedek GER Salomon