07/01/2011 | by Uli Köhler
One of the largest urban centres in Germany, the city of Stuttgart, will play host to some top-level snowboarding action when the inaugural inner city event, the Relentless Big Air Stuttgart, rolls into the Neckarpark arena on January 4th and 5th, 2011. A 4Star event on the Swatch TTR World Tour, the Relentless Big Air Stuttgart will feature top athletes jumping over the big air kicker and rail setup in front of thousands of screaming spectators. The riders will be competing for a slice of the $50,000 USD prize purse, a maximum of 500 TTR World Ranking points and the glory that comes along with winning a large urban event in front of a massive crowd.
Elias Elhardt and Werner Stock on their way to the TTR Top 10
The citizens of Stuttgart are in for some fantastic action with talented riders from across Europe scheduled to attend the event including, Tore Holvik (NOR), who took 5th place at the 5Star Burton New Zealand Open, and with a strong result at the Relentless Big Air Stuttgart could move up into the TTR Top 5. Also on the rise in the Swatch TTR World Tour Rankings is national German superstar, Elias Elhardt, who already rocked the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam, taking 1st place, and has a solid backside double cork 1080 in his bag of tricks. Austrian rider, Werner Stock, is another rider who has been showing off his big air riding and was able to nab sixth place at last year’s 6Star Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck and is one to watch out for in Stuttgart.
The Big Air Setup
Riders will be flying down from the top of the 36-meter run-in gaining speed for the massive kicker, which will be followed by a staircase rail setup. The competition will run a jam format where riders will be able to get multiple runs in to attempt their best tricks and will receive a score based on both the jump and rail obstacles. One lucky up-and-coming rider will have the opportunity to ride alongside the pros by qualifying with a wildcard through the rookie-challenge, which will take place before the main event.
What’s Next on the Swatch TTR Tour
January will be a busy month for the riders on the Swatch TTR Tour. The 6Star O’Neill Evolution in Davos, Switzerland will be in full swing during the Relentless Big Air Stuttgart, with the slopestyle finals on Friday 6th January and the halfpipe finals on Saturday 7th January. Fortunately, following the action online is easy via the live scoring and live webcast available on www.ttrworldtour.com. Leading on from Evolution is another 6Star event and another big snowboarder gathering, the 6Star Burton European Open, which is set to take over Laax, Switzerland on the 8th to 15th of January 2011. To follow the action packed January, simply head to www.ttrworldtour.com for news, videos and photos.