07/04/2009 | by Onboard
The Swatch TTR 4Star Total Fight Masters of Freestyle is back with a vengeance in 2009.
Victor De Le Rue
From 26th – 28th March, 2009, the El Tarter park in Grandvalira, Andorra, will see some of the world’s big name riders come together to go after a slice of the $25 000 USD prize purse and 500 ranking points.
The upcoming Slopestyle contest is recognized as the jewel of the Swatch TTR Southern European contest circuit and boasts a perfect park shaped by the Coliflor Freestyle Crew. An awesome atmosphere and finely tuned set up has attracted riders from across the globe. Last year’s winner Ville Uotila (FIN) has confirmed his attendance and will be keen to improve on his current World No.22 position. Accompanying him from Finland will be World No.26, Jaakko Ruha, a strong Slopestyle rider who recently placed 4th in the 5Star Nissan X-Trail Asian Open. Aesthetiker rider, Rudi Kroell (AUT) narrowly missed out on first place at last year’s Total Fight Masters Of Freestyle and is making the journey from Austria with a first place finish in his sights.
Snowboard veteran Iker Fernandez
Also in attendance will be Victor De La Rue (FRA), who recently took out the 2Star Poney Session in front of a home crowd in France. He needs to mimic this success to improve on his Swatch TTR World No.70 rank. Another likely contender making the journey is World No.44, Marko Grilc (SLO). He has a chance to break into the TTR Top 40.
Spanish speaking riders are sure to be well supported by the passionate crowds. Lending some South American flavor to the contest will be Facu Vial (ARG) who is travelling all the way from Argentina. The Spanish veteran, Iker Fernandez, is again on the start list. With his Swatch TTR results, banging film parts and Olympic appearances, he is the quintessential snowboarder, and always one to watch out for.
Whilst the season is drawing to a close, there are still numerous 3Star events taking place around the globe. From the 19th – 22nd March, 2009, the Quiksilver Snowjam will give aspiring Czech and Eastern European rippers a chance to get noticed. 26th – 29th, March, 2009 will see a new crop of Norwegian talent go head to head in the Norwegian Championships. Rounding out what is set to be a jam packed time is the Quiksilver Showdown Over the City, which is also going 26th – 28th March, 2009 in Canada. The action just keeps on coming.