The countdown is on as the TTR 6Star Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck draws nearer.Air & Style will host the worlds top riders on the 5th December 2009 for what will undoubtably be a huge big air competition. What ever happens the Air & Style is a snowboard competition not to be missed. Catch the live webcast right here on TWSNow.com
FIRST 6STAR EVENT OF THE 2009/2010 SEASON:BILLABONG AIR & STYLE 2009 IIInnsbruck, Austria - November 30th, 2009: The Billabong Air & Style 2009 II is only days away with some of the world's most talented snowboarders set to attend the legendary Swatch TTR 6Star event on Saturday, December 5, 2009. Taking place in Innsbruck, Austria, the 17th annual Air & Style event will feature some hot competition on a big air setup. Being the first 6Star event of the 2009/2010 TTR World Tour season the riders will be on a warpath looking to secure a top result heading into the busy Olympic year.The Double Cork FactorThe double cork phenomenon arguably all started back at the Air & Style Munich in 2006 when Travis Rice (USA) and David Benedek (USA) unleashed the double inverted spins in front of the crowds in Germany. The infamous double cork has been all the rage in the snowboard community lately, especially after the groundbreaking tricks were unveiled in the halfpipe by a small group of riders back in August at the 5Star Burton New Zealand Open. These mind-bending tricks are becoming commonplace on the competitive freestyle snowboarding circuit and could be a game changer this year on the big air jump at the Air & Style Innsbruck.Riders To Watch ForCanadian star on the rise, Sebastien Toutant, is currently sitting in Swatch TTR World No. 1, has a double cork in the bag and at the ripe age of 17 will be looking to beat out the rest of the field to maintain his tour lead. Snowboard superstar, Travis Rice, is back on the radar for the 2009 event and with at least four different double cork variations in his repertoire, will definitely be a standout. Other riders who have the double cork skills include Tim Humphreys (USA), Iouri Podlatchikov (SUI), Eero Ettala (FIN) and the German rookie who just won the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam with a double cork, Elias Elhardt.Swatch TTR Ranking Outlook2008/2009 Swatch TTR World Champion and current TTR World No. 15, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), will make his second appearance on tour for the season after a seventh place finish at the Burton New Zealand Open in the halfpipe. If Piiroinen can secure a good finish at Air & Style Innsbruck, he could move up the ranking list to World No. 2. However, Piiroinen will need to battle for that spot with other eager riders, who like him have results posted from the Southern Hemisphere season including Chas Guldemond (USA), Tim Humphreys(USA) and Antti Autti (FIN). Torstein Horgmo (NOR) also has a chance to move up in the rankings and will be battling for a spot in the Top 5. Sebastien Toutant can only be bumped out of the tour leader position if he does not start at Air & Style.