Snowboard, FMX and BMWs at the NOKIA Air & Style 2006
On 2 December about 25,000 enthusiastic fans turned Munich’s Olympic Stadium into a seething cauldron and enjoyed freestyle snowboarders performing at a level never seen before. Supported by the best freestyle motocross riders and top live music acts, the event once more lived up to its reputation as the world’s largest big air snowboard contest and one of the world’s best free sport/music events.
After last year’s relocation of the event to the Olympic Stadium in Munich, the 14th edition of the Air & Style once again managed to set new standards. The redesigned and newly positioned monster kicker allowed for harder snowboarding battles and brought the action much closer to the audience, who enjoyed significantly improved visibility from all areas.
BMW Motorrad was out in force at the event, with four HP2 Enduros being used to pick up the snowboard stars after their jumps and bring them back to their starting point high up at the top of the arena.
The head-to-head format established during last year’s event remained the method of choice. The only difference was that instead of two riders it was four who competed in the finals, which made the contest even more exciting – not to mention the fact that the winner could choose a new BMW G 650 X model of his choice.
From the 16 participating snowboarders it was eventually Travis Rice (USA) who beat Risto Mattila (FIN), Antti Autti (FIN) and David Benedek (GER) after a neck-and-neck battle with a Double Backflip BS 180, Cab 540 Tailgrab and a broken board. Risto Mattila stomped a Switch 1080 Nosegrab to Switch BS 540, Antti Autti showed FS 1260 Tailgrabs to Switch BS 720 and David Benedek unfortunately couldn’t hold his first round’s incredible FS Double Cork 1260 in the finals. The surprise of the day was that hot favourite Shaun White went out in round two after what was probably the hardest-fought battle of the evening against Antti Autti.
The freestyle motocross riders once again delivered an amazing show and displayed an incredible array of big air tricks. The favourite of the evening, American rider Nate Adams, went out in round two against 18-year-old newcomer and eventual winner Wiley Fullmer (USA). Beau Bamburg (USA) was second, while Nate Adams still secured himself third place in front of Adam Jones (USA). The best tricks of the evening were definitely Fullmer’s 360s and his Scorpion Kiss of Death as well as Nate Adam’s Backflip Combos.
The 25,000 fans that packed out the famous Olympic Stadium were also treated to live music from British band Milburn, Canadian punk rockers Billy Talent and the Berlin local heroes Seeed.
All of the rock stars were chauffered to and from the event by BMW 7 Series and X5 vehicles all in black with special NOKIA Air & Style branding. Visitors to the Air & Style were able to find out more about BMW Motorrad’s HP2 Enduro and the eagerly awaited new 650cc single-cylinder G Series range in a special exhibition display area.
1. Travis Rice, USA
2. Risto Mattila, FIN
3. Antti Autti, FIN
4. David Benedek, GER
1. Wiley Fullmer, USA
2. Beau Bamburg, USA
3. Nate Adams, USA
4. Adam Jones, USA