Freestyle.Ch 2009

The starting lists for Zurich have been completed. The numerous top athletes competing in them promise exciting contests at the Landiwiese. From September 25th to 27th, the world’s best snowboard, freeski, FMX and skateboard athletes will compete for the titles of freestyle.champ and crossover.champ. Swiss participants Mat Rebeaud (FMX) and Iouri Podladtchikov (snowboard), as well as American Tom Wallisch (freeski) and Brasilian Sandro Dias (skateboard) are expected to be among the best.

Russ Henshaw during the qualification in freeskiing at the 2008 Foto:

After 14 editions of at the Landiwiese, the largest European freestyle sports event with its total prize money of more than 100,000 US dollars is well established. There have been great developments in freestyle sports since it took place for the first time. Each year, offers a platform for athletes to introduce new and stylish tricks to the audience. Some of the new inventions that were demonstrated at the Landiwiese during the last few years were the snowboarders’ One Foot Backflip and the Double Cork, as well as the freeskier’s Double flips. In 2008, FMX rider Mat Rebeaud (SUI) astonished the spectators at with his No Hand Backflip and No Hand Landings. This year, one may expect new Grab versions, surprising novelties like the Switch Double Corks among the freeskiers and exciting duels between the different favorites!

Simon Dumont during the superfinal contest at the 2008 Foto:

In the Freeskiing, there is a real Battle of the Giants promised!
Last year’s champion Jacob Wester (SWE) will find it difficult to win another freestyle.champ title. Wester, who is known for his Double corks, achieved a third place at the X-Games. AFP world champion Tom Wallisch (USA), who also mastered various Double variations, is Wester’s strongest competitor. TJ Schiller (USA) and Jon Olsson (SWE), both of whom also have a real chance to gain the title, also take part in the duel between the U.S. and Scandinavia. Schiller was the 2007 freestyle.champ and won the X-Games Slopestyle. After his injury last year, he now hopes to win. At the X-Games, Olsson came in second on the Big Air. He keeps being in the news due to his residence in Monaco, his own camera team and his plan to participate in the giant slalom at the Olympic Games. Among others, the brothers Andri and Elias Ambühl will represent Switzerland. They proved their worth with their 2009 Austrian Open double victory.

The full freeskiing line up is as follows:
Andri Ambühl (SUI, Masein)
Elias Ambühl (SUI, Masein)
Bobby Brown (USA , Breckenridge)
Rory Bushfield (CAN, Squamish)
Sammy Carlson (USA, Mount Hood)
Simon Dumont (USA, Bethel)
Laurent Favre (FRA, L Clusaz)
Fridtjof Fredericsson (NOR, Oslo)
Henrik Harlaut (SWE, Are)
Andreas Håtveit (NOR, Hovet)
Russe Henshaw (AUS, Jindabyne)
Thomas Hlawitschka (GER, Eschenlohe)
Benedikt Mayer (GER, München)
Martin Misof (AUT, Innsbruck)
Jon Olsson (SWE, Monaco)
TJ Schiller (CAN, Vernon)
Nicolas Vuignier (SUI, Venthône)
Tom Wallisch (USA, Salt Lake City)
Jossi Wells (NZE, Wanka)
Jacob Wester (SWE, Täby)

For More infos click here, and stay tuned to SkiUnion for daily written and video updates from 25-27th September.


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