• Marko Grilc is new Lord of the Ring

Marko Grilc is new Lord of the Ring

Slovenian snowboarder wins at the Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck-Tirol
09/II followed closely by Peetu Piroiinen and Andreas Wiig / 11.500 euphoric
fans witness the comeback of the Big Air format to the Bergisel Stadium /

Marko Grilc new leader of the Swatch TTR Tour World Ranking List

After a night full of action on the big air jump at the 6Star Billabong Air & Style 2009/II
at the Bergisel Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, Marko Grilc (SLO) took the top spot on the
podium and is now the new leader on Swatch TTR World Tour. Grilc was not on the
original invite list as he got a wildcard along with Marc Swoboda (AUT) due to the
withdrawals of Seb Toutant (CAN) and Mikkel Bang (NOR), both injured during the
trainings. The Slovenian snowboarder made also the highlights by beating crowd's
favourite, Billabong's Antti Autti (FIN) in the first round. 2008/2009 Swatch TTR World
Champion, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), took second place at the Air & Style and Andreas Wiig
(NOR) rounded out the podium in third. Billabong’s Risto Mattila (FIN) finished 13th.

New Swatch TTR Top 5
With the first 6Star result of the season registered, there were many changes in the TTR
Top 10. Marko Grilc, the new TTR World No. 1, really shook up the Swatch TTR
Rankings as he bumped Sebastien Toutant, who could not compete this weekend, down
to World No. 2. Other big movers in the ranking include Torstein Horgmo (NOR) who
jumped up to No. 3 and Peetu Piiroinen who moved up to World No. 4. Antti Autti, Tim
Humphreys (USA) and Chas Guldemond (USA) all moved into the TTR Top 10.

Big Air and Big Podium

The head-to-head knock out format for the big air competition made the contest quite
the nail biter for the large crowd in attendance. The long in-run, poppy jump and steep
landing was a perfect combination for Grilc to throw down a switch backside double
corked 1080 in the super finals to take the Air & Style 2009/II title. “This is the best day
of my life by far. I never even thought that this could happen.

I am just very stoked” says an overwhelmed Grilc after the prize giving. “I went to
Australia and New Zealand and then today I am Number one. I don't even know what to
say. It came out of fun and pleasure and now I am here and I am stoked.” He was up
against Peetu Piiroinen in the final round who was able to stomp a backside double
corked 1080 for the second place finish. Andreas Wiig laid down a clean fronside 1080
double flip in the final for the third place spot on the podium.

Swedish band The Hives and German rappers K.I.Z rocked the stadium

Besides the best snowboarding action on Swedish rock band The Hives and the scandal
rappers K.I.Z. from Berlin rocked the stadium in best Air & Style manner. Again, the
Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck fascinated the crowds with its unique atmosphere,
sportive highlights and great music live acts.

Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck-Tirol 09/II: Final results

1 Marko Grilc SLO 281 Pkt. Switch Backside 1080 Double Corked Mute Grab
2 Peetu Piroiinen FIN 268 Pkt. Backside 1080 Double Corked Mute Grab
3 Andreas Wiig NOR 251 Pkt. Frontside 1080 Double Flip
4 Iouri Podladtchikov SUI 54 Pkt.
5 Eero Ettala FIN
6 Werner Stock AUT
7 Elias Elhardt GER
8 Torstein Horgmo NOR
9 Antti Autti FIN
10 Marc Swoboda AUT
11 Chas Guldemond USA
12 Stefan Gimpl AUT
13 Risto Mattila FIN
14 Tim Humphreys USA
15 Travis Rice USA
16 Gigi Rüf AUT

Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck-Tirol 09/II: Top 3 Rookie Challenge

1 Seppe Smits BEL 254 Pkt. Backside 1260 Mute
2 Tom Klocker AUT 244 Pkt. Frontside 1080 Indy
3 Niki Korpela FIN 239 Pkt. Frontside 1440 Melon