One of the Premier Events in Europe on the TTR World Tour the Billabong Air & Style Quarter Pipe from Innsbruck Austria.
Colin Frei took his maiden TTR 6 Star tour win last night in-front of a full house at Bergisel Stadium in Innsbruck Austria for arguable Europe's most prestigious snowboard title, The Billabong Air & Style. The 20-year-old Swiss native from Davos went all out on his final run to secure victory stomping a massive Mctwist Indy, rising over 6.5 metres out of the 12.2 metre Quarterpipe.
"I just can't believe it," said Colin of his victory "I knew I had to go for it and I just did. I dropped in and just pointed it, knowing I needed the speed and to go big."
Colin was clocked at over 86km an hour as he headed into the quarter pipe after dropping in from the start gate above the massive ski jumping stadium. The speed he was traveling wowed spectators and fellow competitors as he went all out to secure the win.
Colin was absolutely overwhelmed by his victory, "I have been waiting so long for this and to win this event is absolutely one of my dreams come true. I was called up for two days of military service on Tuesday and Wednesday and missed the first two days of practice, which meant I only started riding the quarter pipe this morning so I was really nervous. I just can't believe it that I have won, it's so amazing."
Hot favorite to win, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) rode solidly the whole event and was unlucky to seal the victory after qualifying in first for the final and holding the lead all the way to the very last run. The second place finish at Air & Style pushes Peetu into the top spot on the TTR World Tour rankings.
"This has definitely been one of my goals to get to the number one spot so now I just hope I can hold on to it until the end of the season." Said Peetu.
Peetu left the packed stadium awestruck as he consistently went bigger than most, lofting massive backside 540's and a huge straight air, which saw him take the 'Nokia highest air' and €5000 with 8.8 metres and just shy of the world record mark.
"That air is one of my personal best so I am absolutely stoked," said Peetu. "I have felt good for the whole event and was really enjoying it. I actually hurt my knee a little on my last air when I landed which isn't great but I have a few weeks of rest at home now before my next event at the Arctic Challenge which I am really looking forward to."