Oakley Shaun White Air & Style Beijing 2012 – The Setup
The countdown is on! On December 8th the world’s best snowboarders meet up at the famous Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing to show breathtaking snowboard action to the audience. And the dragon of wood and steel grows. In detail: The start height is 50 meters above level, the slope inrun is 42° steep and the leap is about 30 meters. The goal for the 24 riders: Overcoming this monsterous ramp to take the crown.
For the first time all 24 riders will start in a head-to-head competition from round 1 on. 12 winners and 4 lucky losers will advance to round 2 and battle their way through to the Super Final of 4 riders. 1,000 World Snowboard Tour points, a dragon’s share of the 100,000 US-Dollar prize purse and the Ring Of Glory are the plunder waiting to be captured by the top vanquishing hero.
Ulrik Badertscher (NOR), winner of last years Beijing event, will lead big names such as World Snowboard Tour champion Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Big Air Tour champion Seppe Smits, into the stadium. The North American delegation, with Slopestyle world champion Chas Guldemond (USA), Mark McMorris (CAN), Seb Toutant (CAN), Eric Beauchemin (USA), Antoine Truchon (CAN), Sage Kotsenburg (USA) and Maxence Parrot (CAN) poses a formidable challenge to all. A menacing field of norsemen will travel from Scandinavia to the middle kingdom, China. Stale Sandbech (NOR), Petja Piroiinen (FIN), Torgeir Bergrem (NOR), Roope Tonteri (FIN), Emil Ulsletten (NOR), Sven Thorgren (SWE) and Nils Arvidsson (SWE) are coming to strengthen their position as one of snowboards strongest heritages. Never to be underestimated, Werner Stock (AUT), Clemens Schattschneider (AUT), Mathias Weissenbacher (AUT), Pat Brugener (SUI), Marko Grilc (SLO) and Viktor de la Rue (FRA) from the European Alps are a venerated guild. Yuki Kadono (JPN) will have the shortest trip to make, but may have the most to gain from a victory in his home continent.
Jonathan Glass is the Online Editor at Snowboard Magazine. If he says he is going snowboarding it means he's at après, early.
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