The starting order is a sure giveaway for what’s in store at freestyle.ch 2006: electrifying contests in all four disciplines are going to light up the Landiwiese from the 22–24 of September. Things are expected to get so hot that TV coverage of these crackling jousts to grab for the titles «freestyle.champ» and «crossover.champ» will run in over 180 countries.
A broad line-up of world champion athletes will enjoy rock star status as they deliver a thrilling battle on the 28m high snow-covered Big Air Snowramp. In the running are Switzerland’s Nicolas Müller (Snowboarder of the Year 2005), France’s Mathieu Crepel (TTR World Tour Champion 2006), the Finnish FIS World Cup Champion, Antti Autti, and the American X-Games winner, Travis Rice. Despite the absence of «freestyle.champ» Marc-André Tarte (CAN) from the games due to injuries, the vying contenders certainly won’t have it all too easy jostling for the title.
Freeskiers will also provide excitement with top representation from premiere freeski regions at the
starting line. North America will be represented by the Canadian TJ Schiller (winner of the US Open Big Air 2006) and the American Simon Dumont (winner of the Slopestyle Orage European Freeski Open Laax 2006). And the Scandinavians plan to go all the way, sending in the experienced Jon Olsson (SWE, 3rd Place X-Games 2005), among others, to contend for the title. Anticipated as well is Candide Thovex, the French freeskiing Halfpipe Champion of the Orage European Freeski Open Laax 2006, who comes from a key center for winter sports, La Clusaz.
Things are still up in the air in the motorized FMX (Freestyle Motocross) category. Bringing along years of
experience in competing, France’s Manu Troux will try once again to take hold of the «crossover.champ» title. Nick Franklin, a regular among the prize winners in New Zealand, will also be looking to ensure the return of this title to the FMX team.
For the skateboarders, it’s a question of whether it’s going to be German precision or a smooth samba finesse that takes off with the title. The newly crowned Halfpipe European Champion, Jürgen Horrwarth (Germany), will be looking to maintain his winning streak in the freestyle.ch Kingsize Halfpipe. But he’ll have to watch out for the multiple X-Games winner, Brazilian Sandro Dias, who is in peak form and just itching to show off his 900 in Europe.
Zurich’s Landiwiese not only provides the venue for the latest dare devil tricks, flips and jumps, it also offers exhibitors – which will be spread over a record number of approx. 80 stands this year – a chance to display the newest trends in the world of freestyle sports. Fans will be able to dive into an interactive experiential freestyle tour at the Label World Fair.
Those still looking for more action can then let it all hang out at Saturday’s «Afterburner» Party in the Rohstofflager Club, where a broad spectrum of grooves will be laid down by DJ Sven (Snitch), Goldfinger Brothers, DJ Big Evil Luke, DJ Reedo, DJ Weasel and DJ Chandro, who’ll turn it up a notch and keep things going into the early morning hours. Those who make it to the Afterburner are in for a top-class show as urban jr. turns things up with his one-man band.