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The event took place in the small Tyrolian town of Innsbruck at Tivloli. Sponsored by G-Shock, Red Bull, Tirol, Innsbruck Tourism board, MTV, Monster Backside Skateboards, and Libao.

Practice began this morning and doors to the stadium opened to spectators at 1pm. The event format will give each rider three runs with the best run taking ten of the 16 skaters in the competition into the finals where they will skate for the first place prize of $10,000.

“Air & Style has been thinking about doing a skate contest for a while, but we didn’t really know the skate scene, so we have just sat back and watched it until now. The snowboard contest is so established now that we felt ready to do a skateboard contest. We talked to all of the skaters and found out what they wanted, so we think this is really going to be a great event,” said marketing assistant and rider coordinator Genoveva Hofer.

The Air & Style held its first snowboard contest 8 years ago at the Bergisel, the former Olympic freestyle stadium in Innsbruck. Drawing nearly 50,000 spectators and top name snowboarders like Terje Haakonsen, Ingemar Backman, Jamie Lynn and Jim Rippey, the event has become a favorite of snowboarders thanks to the excellent organization, high media exposure, great bands, big prize money and international flavor.

When the contest was all over, Tony Hawk was once again victorious followed by Lincoln Ueda, and skateboarding.coms presidential correspondent Andy Macdonald.

Vert Final Results

1. Tony Hawk
2. Lincoln Ueda
3. Andy MacDonald
4. Mathias Ringstrom
5. Sandro Dias
6. Bob Burnquist
7. Max Schaff
8. Sergie Ventura
9. Adil Dyani
10. Renton Millar