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4Star Nissan Stomp-It Bringing The Snow To Modena, Italy


As winter begins to throw its white blanket across the mountains in the Northern Hemisphere, one of the first European snowboard events on the Swatch TTR Tour is bringing the snow into the city of Modena in Italy on the 30th-31st October 2010. The 4Star Nissan Stomp-It takes place at the biggest Italian winter trade show, the Nissan Skipass which brings hundreds of thousands of people together checking out the newest snow products, as well as, catching a peak of the hot snowboarding action. It is an event already in its fourth year and each year it is growing bigger and better from its 2Star origins. 35 top level international riders are flying in to put on a show in front of the excited fans and compete to move up in the TTR ranking. Possibility of a new TTR Tour leaderAmong the ten invited riders going directly to the semi final are three of the TTR Top10 Riders. The current Swatch TTR World No. 3, Swiss Christian Haller, could with a top podium placement, collect 500 ranking points and sneak into the No.1 spot on the TTR Ranking. However, this wont be easy as current TTR Tour leader Gjermund Braaten (NOR) will be there and defend this desired ranking spot with all that he has got. Also, last years winner Matti Kinnunen (FIN) and current World No.9 Kevin BackstrEm (SWE), who won the 4Star Absolut Park Spring Battle in April have got plenty of potential to move up in the ranking. Stomp-It Event FormatThe competition takes place on the huge corner jump built out of artificial snow for the occasion under glaring spotlights, blasting tunes and a wildly screaming Italian crowd. Ten riders have been invited directly into the two run semi-final and the remaining 25 riders will have to battle it out for a spot in the semis. In the finals the best five riders will have three runs to show what they got and bring out the most innovative tricks in order to take home part of the $25 000 USD prize purse. The qualification takes place on Saturday the 30th October in the afternoon and the semi-finals and finals will go down on Sunday the 31st October 2010. Next on the Swatch TTR TourNext the tour will head over to the Dachstein Glacier in Austria, where the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam will be featuring both male and female riders on the 11th-14th November 2011. The first 6Star event of the winter is collecting momentum and it is the inaugural Oakley and Shaun White present Air & Style Beijing, an event that is set to rock the socks off the thousands of spectators at the Olympic Stadium on the 1st-5th December 2010. To keep posted on all the Swatch TTR action go to for news, photos, video and blogs. 10 Invited riders going straight to the semi-finals:Christian Haller (SUI) Gjermund Braaten (NOR)Ian Thorley (USA) Sam Hulert (USA) Kevin Backstrom (SWE) Gerome Mathieu (FRA) Fredrik Austbo (NOR) Markku Koski (FIN) Matti Kunninen (FIN) Stephan Maurer (SUI) Markus Keller (SUI) On standby: Yale Cousino (USA) and Jeremy Thompson (USA)