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The Air & Style is a European snowboard contest first held in Innsbruckmarker, Austriamarker in 1994 and now held annually.

History

Charly Weger and his snowboard photographer friend Andrew Hourmont first started the Air & Style Contest in Innsbruck. They only expected some hundred spectators but more than a few thousand showed up to see a single Straight Jump from each rider. From there on it developed into one of the most influential snowboard challenges today.

Until 1999 the sponsorship exploded and over 45.000 visitors witnessed the last Air & Style in Innsbruck, when six people died after the show when everybody tried to leave at once and the exits could not funnel the masses. The Contest had to move and the Bergiselmarker stadium was renovated. In Seefeld, a place near Innsbruck five other contests were held until 2005 it found a new home in Munichmarker, Germanymarker where it expanded its program with Freestyle Motocross. For February 2008 the contest returned to Innsbruckmarker, and will presumably stay there for the following years.Also three Skateboard contests have taken place in Innsbruck and Seefeld, even won by Tony Hawk in 1999. After the end of the International Snowboarding Federation in 2002 the contest joined the newly formed TTR World Tour, and Air & Style Munichmarker is now a 6Star event on the World Tour, whilst Air & Style Innsbruckmarker held a 5Star status until 2009 when it was given a 6Star accreditation. In 2000 the prize money was over 250.000 US Dollars (including an Audi A3).

On February 2nd 2008, an Air & Style Quarterpipe event was held in Innsbruck in addition to the Straight Jump in Munich. Kevin Pearce won the event which makes him the first winner of two Air & Style competitions in one season. The organisor has announced that this event will from now on also be held annually as a TTR 6 Star event.

Chronology

Big Air Competitions

  • 1. Red Bull Air & Style, January 17. 1994, Innsbruck,
Winner: Reto Lamm
  • 2. Red Bull Air & Style, December 19. 1994, Innsbruck,
Winner: Ingmar Backman
  • 3. Red Bull Air & Style, December 9. 1995, Innsbruck,
Winner: Terje HÃ¥konsen
  • 4. Quicksilver Air & Style, December 7. 1996, Innsbruck,
Winner: Fabien Rohrer
  • 5. Quicksilver Air & Style, December 6. 1997, Innsbruck,
Winner: Jim Rippey (Quarterpipe: Terje HÃ¥konsen)
  • 6. G-Shock Air & Style, December 5. 1998, Innsbruck,
Winner: Ingmar Backman
  • 7. G-Shock Air & Style, December 4. 1999, Innsbruck,
Winner: Stefan Gimpl (Quarterpipe Male: Trevor Andrew, Female: Pauline Richon)
  • 8. G-Shock Air & Style, December 9. 2000, Seefeld,
Winner: Stefan Gimpl (Corner Male: Mike Michaelchuck, Female: Pauline Richon)
  • 9. Nokia Air & Style, December 15. 2001, Seefeld,
Winner: Stefan Gimpl (Corner Male: Markku Koski, Female: Pauline Richon)
  • 10. Nokia Air & Style, December 14. 2002, Seefeld,
Winner: David Benedek
  • 11. Nokia Air & Style, December 11./12. 2003, Seefeld,
Winner: Shaun White (Freestyle Motocross: Nate Adams)
  • 12. Nokia Air & Style, December 11./12. 2004, Seefeld,
Winner: Shaun White (Freestyle Motocross: Ronnie Renner)
  • 13. Nokia Air & Style, December 3. 2005, Munich,
Winner: Hampus Mosesson (Freestyle Motocross: Nate Adams)
  • 14. Nokia Air & Style, December 6. 2006, Munich,
Winner: Travis Rice (Rookie Challenge: Mikkel Bang, Freestyle Motocross: Wiley Fullmer) Winner: Kevin Pearce (Rookie Challenge : Tim Humphreys, FSX: Daniel Bodin)
  • 16. Air & Style, November 29. 2008, Munich,
Cancelled due to last minute sponsorship pullout.

Quarterpipe Competitions

  • 1. Billabong Air & Style, February 2. 2008, Innsbruck, Bergisel
Winner: Kevin Pearce (Runner up: Scotty Lago)
  • 2. Billabong Air & Style, January 31. 2009, Innsbruck, Bergisel
Winner: Colin Frei

Skateboard Competitions

  • 1. Air & Style Skate Contest, August 19. 1999, Innsbruck, Tivoli
Winner: Tony Hawk
  • 2. Air & Style Skate Contest, June 9. 2000, Innsbruck, Hafen
Winner: Lincoln Ueda
  • 3. Air & Style Skate Contest, December 15. 2001, Seefeld, Olympic stadium (combined with snowboard contest)
Winner: Sandro Dias

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