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Helicopters Fire Up As Practice For Stylewars Begins

02/09/2012

The buzz is brewing at Falls Creek as local and international riders check in and start practice for Stylewars 2012.

Part of the Australian Slopestyle Championships, Stylewars is an integral component of the prestigious World Snowboard Tour.

Riders warmed up under blue skies today on a spectacular slopestyle course that included three jumps ranging from 60-70 foot and a 65-foot gap jump. The international field of riders has made comparisons with major events in their homelands, capped by the comment from Silas Hatch (US) “Stylewars is just like the US Open – but with helicopters!”

Standout performances this afternoon came from Maxence Parrot (CAN), Max Buri (CH), Matts Kulisek (CAN) and Nick Wood (AUS). But all eyes will be on Tor Lundstrom (SWE) and Silvia Mittermuller (GER), winners of last week’s World Snowboard Tour event, The Mile High by Carlton Dry at Thredbo. Tor is also the winner of Stylewars 2011; he will surely be throwing down his best tricks to keep the Grandmaster crown.

Conditions this year are the best Stylewars has ever seen. The resort has experienced phenomenal snowfall and the forecast is looking extremely positive: sunny with low winds.

Perfect weather has enabled event organisers to tee up a helicopter, a miniature remote control helicopter and a phantom camera to film outstanding footage during the competition, set to be some of the highest quality ever seen at a global snowboarding event.

An annual event, Stylewars is notorious for being one of the most exciting snowboarding competitions in the southern hemisphere. It comprises three spectacular days of world-class riding and a prize pool of $20,000.

The two days of slopestyle competition will start on Monday, with riding from 10am to 12pm in a jam session format. Wednesday night will then see the famous 28-Stairs freestyle rail jam event out the front of the Frying Pan.

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