Colin Frei wins at the Billabong Air & Style 2009 in Innsbruck
The winner of the Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck Tirol 09 is Colin Frei (SUI). The 20-year old prevailed with a McTwist Indy Grab (height 6.50 m) in a memorable final in the 12.20 m high quarterpipe over Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Olivier Gittler (FRA).
24 of the world´s best snowboarders stunned the enthusiastic crowd of 13,000 at Innsbruck´s sold-out and boiling Bergisel Stadium with a world class performance. Snowboard icon Terje Haakonsen (34/NOR) finished 5th.
Andrew Hourmont, founder and organizer of the Billabong Air & Style: „Each one of the 13,000 spectators and the 24 riders has experienced an evening that will be a lasting memory for a long time. The Billabong Air & Style in Innsbruck has once again proven its unique position in terms of world class snowboarding and atmosphere.“ The top music acts Mando Diao from Sweden and Deichkind from Germany heavily contributed to this making the whole crowd dance.
This 6Star contest on the TTR World Snowboard Tour led to a dramatic change in the world rankings: Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) took over the Tour lead from Chas Guldemond (USA).
The prestigious Nokia Highest Air Award went to Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) with a height of 8.80 m, just falling short of breaking Terje Haakonsen´s world record (9.80 m).
Results Billabong & Air & Style Innsbruck Tirol 2009
1. Colin Frei (CH) 244.00 McTwist Indy Grab (6.50 m)
2. Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) 231.00 Backside 540 Mute Grab (6.0 m)
3. Olivier Gittler (FRA) 226.00 McTwist Japan (5.50 m)
After the first day of competition with fresh snow and sunshine with an enthusiastic crowd, the 56 riders had a day to recuperate as Day 2 was postponed due to warmer temperatures.
In the last competition of the 2009 FIS Snowboard World Championships Gangwon, Korea, one Finnish rider proofed once again that Big Air is its home country’s domain.
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