Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro will be hitting the slopes once again this year
from 24th February to 2nd March and the impressive
competitor line-up has already set tongues wagging.
six of the world’s best male freeride snowboarders and skiers will be battling
it out for the coveted £40,000 prize fund, promising an awe-inspiring second
edition. Confirmed competitors so far
include freestyle snowboarding pioneers David Benedeck and Fredi Kalbermatten,
3-time Air and Style champion Stefan Gimpl and multiple Big Mountain Rider of
the Year winner Jeremy Jones.
will be joined by the top eight skiers in the Freeride World Tour rankings, as
well as five confirmed wildcard skiers, including Canadian freestyle skiing
sensation and US Open 2006 champion TJ Schiller.
year’s competition will kick off in the picturesque French town of Chamonix,
widely recognised as the spiritual home of freeriding. A sunset session will
take place on the first day at Montenvers and then competitors will embark on
an eight-day adventure exploring the vastness of the French Alps and three of
its most impressive peaks. The event will continue to adopt its signature
mobile format across France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria and competitors
will have a week to make a winning impression on the panel of judges.
Event organizer Nicolas
Hale-Woods is eagerly looking forward to building on the foundations of 2007,
and said: “From the very start, the goal of the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain
Pro has always centered on bringing the world’s best riders to the best
mountains in the best possible conditions. With the top 8 skiers and 8
snowboarders on the Freeride World Tour joined by these incredible wildcard
riders, it’s safe to say we’re well on our way to achieving that goal once
Pro Team member, Xavier De la Rue, secured the top spot in this year’s edition
of the Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro and will be hoping for a repeat
performance at the 2008 event.
Swatch Pro Team is made up of a number of exceptional sportsmen and women in various
disciplines including skiing, snowboarding, surfing, FMX and volleyball. All Pro Team members are given sponsorship and
the skiers and snowboarders are also provided with free Fun Boarder watches
from the Winter Sport collection The Fun Boarder watches have built-in
altimeters that make them the perfect accessory for mountain pursuits.
You can witness the evolution of the
Swatch O’Neill Big Mountain Pro competition right up to the event finale on 2nd
March 2008 by catching daily live webcasts by Freecaster– www.freecaster.com
For more information about the Swatch O’Neill Big
Mountain Pro 2008: www.bigmountainpro.com
For more information on the Swatch watch collection go