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World Title Contenders Check In For Stylewars 2009


The worlds best snowboarders have gathered to battle it out for the title of Worlds Number One snowboarder, and celebrate Australias most anticipated action sports competition, Stylewars. Due to kick off tomorrow morning, this 4Star TTR (Ticket To Ride) World Snowboard Tour stop will determine the World Number One title, which will force these world-class snowboarders to transcend their limits and bring on their A-game. With a long list of local and international riders, the Canadian presence here at Falls Creek is strong. Sebastien Toutant is currently ranked at world number two, and Charles Reid who will be defending his Grandmaster title this year is currently ranked at world number three. They will be the hottest two riders to watch this week. This is Toutants first visit to Australia, in which he is stoked to be riding: Im really excited to be here in Australia to ride. Its a new place, and I get to ride with a different crew, and I have heard from so many other people that this is a really cool event, so Im happy to be a part of it. If either one of these competitors claim Stylewars Grandmaster for this competition, they will take home $7000 in their pocket and automatically be bumped up to World Number One, knocking snowboarder Mason Aguirre off the TTR throne. Furthermore, if Toutant takes the title, he will make history as the youngest competitor to ever earn a TTR world title at the age of only 16. Event director, Richard Hegarty says, To witness this world first will be very exciting, because Toutant has said that he came incredibly close to his first attempt at a Double Corked 1440 last week at the NZ Burton Open. Given the chance to try it again, spectators at Stylewars might be able to witness him stick this trick for the very first time. Other big-name competitors that are also checking in as we speak are Danny Kass and Eric Willett from USA, Mikkel Bang from Norway, and of course, Australias finest, Ryan Tiene from Port Macquarie. The slopestyle course at Stylewars this year has been constructed incorporating more rails and jib features this year, and is looking in top shape considering the current snow conditions. Former Grandmaster Aussie snowboarder Ryan Tiene is excited to return to hit the Stylewars course for the fifth time, saying Even though we dont have as much snowfall as we had last year, I still think it will be interesting this year, with extra jibs in the course like the wall ride and a few rails in the contest, instead of just big jumps. It will mix things up a bit this year and possibly influence the results. Due to the economic recession, Jacob Koia will be the only contender from New Zealand this year in light of the value of the New Zealand dollar. This brings a seven-year long history of rivalry between the Aussies and Kiwis to rest this year; a trend we can only hope will last temporarily and we can look forward to the return of the much-coveted Stylewars BlediSnow Cup in 2010. The week will entail five days and four nights of back-to-back entertainment. Expect to be wowed with riders pushing their limits across the specifically designed Stylewars course, based at Ruined Castle terrain park, notorious for being the biggest and baddest in the entire southern hemisphere. Come sunset, live music and DJs will keep the mountain alive after dark. For the complete list of invited riders, schedule and DJs, visit