After the alpine snowboarders kicked off the 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season with an indoor parallel slalom at SnowWorld Landgraaf, Holland, it’s now time for a week full of freestyle snowboarding. On October 30th, 2010, London will host a big air comp for the third consecutive time. The contest right next to the famous Battersea Power Station marks the highlight of the three days lasting music and winter sport festival called London Freeze taking place in the British capital. Only a few days later, on November 3rd and 4th, 2010, the pipe cracks come together at Saas-Fee’s (SUI) Freestyle-Park Allalin for the first halfpipe showdown of this new winter.
Both first freestyle competitions of the young new season are also the first ones to collect points for the new invented Overall World Cup “Snowboard Freestyle”: from this season on, the most complete freestyle rider will be crowned over the halfpipe, big air and slopestyle disciplines of this international contest series.
Reason enough for many top athletes to strap on the boards again in a major city on Halloween as well as in the Swiss glacier paradise just a few days later.
Top riders in London
Like the years before, the Battersea Power Station with its iconic towers will be transformed into a huge ski resort with a 32 metres high and 100 metres long real snow jump at the heart of the event venue. While last year’s winner and Big Air World Cup title champion Stefan Gimpl (AUT) announced his retirement, top riders like Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov and Gian-Luca Cavigelli, Olympic Halfpipe runner-up Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) as well as his fellow country man Roope Tonteri are all hoping for the largest share of the event prize purse.
In addition, Norway’s talents Staale Sandbech and Gjermund Braaten, Air & Style king Marko Grilc (SLO) as well as Seb Toutant and Mark McMorris from Canada will hit the large kicker, too.
Olympic tailor-made suite for glacier pipe
While the shredders in London can look forward to another huge crowd cheering them up, Saas-Fee has some other goodie in store for the about 100 riders from all over the world. Beside a brand new and unique name “Allalin 360” for the sole halfpipe contest prior to the 9th FIS Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain, the traditional glacier competition will be hosted in a completely re-sized halfpipe.
The shapers of Freestyle-Park Allalin have adjusted the halfpipe to Olympic size. The walls now measure 22 feet while the length of the pipe has also been extended by 30 to 40 metres. So, the set-up is perfect for some sweet halfpipe action in early November.
Time schedule Big Air, London, Great Britain – all local times:
Saturday, October 30th, 2010: Qualification Men at 11:25 AM
Finals Men at 5 PM
Time schedule Halfpipe, Saas-Fee, Switzerland – all local times:
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010: Qualification Men at 9:25 AM
Ladies at 12:55 PM
Thursday, November 4th, 2010: Semi Finals Ladies and Men at 10 AM
Finals Ladies and Men at 12 P