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The Burn Style Session kicks off the 20th anniversary of Air & Style with a magnificent show and meet-up of four generations of snowboarders. The current top-ranking riders, among them Piiroinen, Smits, Toutant, Kadono, McMorris and Weißenbacher, will need to pull out all the stops in the jam session to have any chance of stealing the show from the sports legends, participating in the burn Style Session. All-time heroes like Haakonsen, Lynn, Iguchi, Benedek, Basich, Gimpl and Rüf, throwing down for the cream of the snowboarding public.
This jam-session is not about the most rotations or corks, rather it’s all about style!
Long and steady 180s, methods and all that snowboarding is about.
Round 1 stays true to the famous Air & Style head-to-head format. Each of the 24 riders in Round 1 get 2 runs and the maximum score for each run is 100 points. The rider with the highest single run score advances, so 12 of these riders will win a spot in Round 2 based on their head-to-head battle win. An additional 4 spots in Round 2 are open to the highest scoring losing riders from the head-tohead battles in Round 1. We call these 4 riders, the "Lucky Losers."
The 12 battle winners from Round 1, and the 4 lucky losers make up a field of 16 riders that pair off and battle head-to-head for the 8 spots available in the Semi Final round. Each rider gets 3 runs, and only their best scoring run counts.
Semi Final Round:
8 Riders head-to-head in this round narrows the field to the 4 riders who will battle it out in the Super Final.
Each of the 4 riders in the Super Final get 3 runs to put up the highest one run score they can, and these scores determine the riders final rankings, and of course the winner of the Air & Style Ring of Glory!
One Head- and three overall-impression-judges decide on the riders’ advancement to the next round. The following criteria will be taken into consideration: amplitude, trick difficulty, landing and overall execution of the trick.
Each judge can attribute a score of 100 points per run.
90 % of the points are based on the Big Air, 10 % on the 2nd obstacle.
Riders can only perform a trick twice per round. If they do the same trick a third time, that third score will not count.
A field of world-class riders, including the likes of reigning champion Peetu Piiroinen, will battle it out under floodlights on Saturday, February 2 in a bid to earn the lion's share of the ranking points and prize-money on offer. And with the added incentive of bagging a custom-made Nixon Magnacon SS watch worth a cool US$ 10,000, each of the riders will be going all out to ensure they walk away with this unique timepiece. The terms 'unique' and 'limited edition' are bandied about a lot these days, but in the case of this specially hand-crafted Nixon Magnacon SS watch, those descriptions are fully merited. One of one, this 6-hand, Swiss Made chronograph features a unique design including a highly polished black casing, sapphire markers and laser-etched rear casing commemorating the Air & Style's 20th anniversary.