Seasonís first Big Air in London

After all other disciplines already kicked off their 2009 Snowboard FIS World Cup season, itís now time to stage the first Big Air. The opening of the ramp cracks is a highlight of this winter.

Stefan Gimpl from Austria.  Copyright: FIS - Oliver KrausAs is proper for this massive and first World Cup event in Great Britain on October, 25th, a sick and high class line-up being led by Danny Kass is ready to rock the show. The 2006 Olympic Halfpipe Silver medallist is aiming for his first Big Air World Cup and will be accompanied by his national squad mate Scotty Lago to meet the best riders from continental Europe. One of them is Austria’s top styler and last year’s big air World Cup winner Stefan Gimpl as well as the Finnish rippers Antti Autti, Risto Mattila, Janne Korpi, Peetu Piiroinen and many more.

Chris Soerman is coming all the way from Sweden. Norway sends Gjermund Braaten, Roger Kleivdal and Tore Holvik. In addition, Switzerland’s Stephan Maurer and Iouri Podladtchikov as well as Alessandro Boyens from Germany and many Brits will enter the
competition. The fans in London will get the chance to cheer for Dan Wakeham, Ben Kilner and Dominic Harrington.

But before it’s time to come to fame and earn some big price money, all riders have to prove themselves in the qualification to collect one of the ten spots in the one hour lasting finals. In the finals, each pro has three runs. But not all three jumps count for the decisive final score. The winner will be determined by the rider with the two highest combined scores of jump 1 or jump 2 and the third trick which will count definitely.

In the 2009 Snowboard FIS World Cup Big Air season, five judges evaluate each run like the years before by the overall impression. Therefore, they take the difficulty, amplitude, execution and landing of the performed trick into account.

To guarantee that a snowboard show of this format is possible at all, the massive ramp is in construction since last Wednesday at Battersea Power Station. In total, the ramp will have a height of 35 metres offering an inrun of 31 metres before the riders will hit the kicker. In total, this big air monstrosity built of 300 tonnes of scaffolding will have a total length of 100 metres.

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