World's Best Snowboarders Head To 2012 O'Neill Evolution

The O’Neill Evolution 2012 is gearing up to welcome the world's best freestyle snowboarders back to the Jakobshorn in Davos, Switzerland from January 2-7, 2012.

O'Neill Evolution.   Photo: O'Neill/FrodeDue to the widespread lack of early season snow, organizers regret to announce the cancellation of the Halfpipe contest at the 2012 O'Neill Evolution.

"Despite recent snowfalls, Mother Nature hasn't made things easy for us," said O'Neill's Bernhard Ritzer, Global Sports Marketing Director. "As a result, we have decided to focus all our time, attention and available snow on staging the best Big Air contest the O'Neill Evolution has ever seen. This single-minded focus means we can give the riders all the time, support and favorable weather windows they need to push the evolution of freestyle snowboarding to the next level."

This year's maximum rated TTR Big Air event will see the return of current Evolution Big Air Champion Seb Toots. Another rising star looking to put it down in front of cheering crowds will be Norway's Gjermund Braaten - winner of last weekend's Slopestyle title at the prestigious Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Three-time TTR World Tour Champion Peetu Piiroinen - himself no stranger to the O'Neill Evolution podium - will also be gracing the event with his presence.

It will be no walk in the park for the Finn, though, with nine of the world's current top 10 Big Air riders already signed up to throw down on a kicker spanning 24 meters in length - the biggest Davos has ever seen, and one that has been specifically designed to allow riders to attempt triple corks.

O'Neill Evolution.   Photo: O'Neill/FrodeAn innovative rail feature at the foot of the Big Air, featuring a straight rail, kinked rail and wall ride, will ensure only the most versatile of riders stand a chance of claiming the lion's share of the $125,000 total prize money and ranking points.

With three full days of practice available to riders and shapers alike, you can bet your bottom dollar it's going to go off once the contest gets underway. With rider numbers in Round 1 increased from 50 to 75 and an extra round thrown in for good measure, the O'Neill Evolution 2012 will offer the freestyle superstars of tomorrow a golden opportunity to make a name for themselves on the big stage.

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