28/07/2011 | by Uli Köhler
Riders from around the globe are making the journey to Whistler, Canada for the second annual Billabong Ante Up big air competition set for this Friday, July 1st, 2011. The Ante Up will be the first 5Star stop on the 2011/12 TTR World Tour and will also act as the first event where riders can register results for the all-new TTR Big Air Ranking list. The riders list is full of international talent including Eric Willett (USA), Mark McMorris (CAN), Sebastien Toutant (CAN), Sage Kotsenburg (USA) and Seppe Smits (BEL) who were all major forces at big air events last season. These guys will need to be on top of their game with some other big names on the invite list who will all be battling for the 850 TTR Big Air ranking points and a piece of the $50,000 USD prize purse.
Riders will face tough competition with an invite list full of talent
This year’s Ante Up competition is setup to be a progression clinic with veterans like Chas Guldemond (USA) and Scotty Lago (USA) in the mix with younger contest killers like Tyler Flanagan (USA), Gjermund Braaten (NOR), Charles Reid (CAN), Matts Kulisek (CAN) and Roope Tonteri (FIN). With double-corks becoming stock tricks at big air competitions, there’s no telling what riders might attempt on the 80-foot gap step-down jump that the Whistler park crew has been shaping into perfection over the past two weeks. The event is open to the public and will mark the celebration of Canada Day with special guest, K-OS, a Canadian hip hop star who will be playing DJ sets throughout the day. For those unable to attend, all the action from the top of Whistler mountain can be viewed live via webcast at www.billabong.com/anteup on July 1st, 2011 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. PST.
First event for riders to register results for new TTR ranking system
The TTR World Tour now features a new ranking system that has separate ranking lists for Big Air, Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Overall. With this new ranking system in place, TTR will now award World Tour titles for each of the four separate ranking categories. The Ante Up will be the first event of the 2011/12 season where riders will be able to register results on the Big Air World Tour Ranking list and the Overall World Tour Ranking list. Check out www.ttrworldtour.com for a complete breakdown of how the new TTR World Tour Ranking system works.
Southern Hemisphere schedule confirmed
After the air settles from all the action at Ante Up, the TTR World Tour will take a short break before heading down to the Southern Hemisphere for events in Australia and New Zealand. The Southern Hemisphere calendar is packed with great events including the 5Star Burton New Zealand Open (ss, hp) and the 4Star Stylewars (ss) event going down in Australia. The complete Southern Hemisphere calendar is available at www.ttrworldtour.com.