The 2015 Swatch Rocket Air will mark the Sixth edtion of this showcase event. Next weekend riders from all over the world will jump and trick their way through the ice rink of Thun. Last years winner Thomas Genon heads up a list of international riders including newcomer Nicholi Rogatkin who will be at the Swatch Rocket Air for the first time.
The theme for The 2015 Swatch Rocket Air is "Junk yard" and the Thunner Ice skating rink has literally been transformed into a junk yard, with various pieces of "Junk" being intergarated into the course, including an old areoplane!! Ramon Hunziker, the course designer is excited to see what the riders can do with the course „The riders can jump the aeroplane or bonk it with a wheel, I leave the creativity to the riders and see what happens"
It is not only the new themes that influences the course design, each year the course is upgraded to offer the riders and the audience new attractions and different challenges. This year all eyes will be on Nicholi Rogatkin to see how he handles the course for the first time. After his First place at the Vienna Air King he can also be seen as a favorite for the Swatch Rocket Air. Nicholi is very excited to compete having only heard the best about the Swatch Rocket Air so far.
„I was jealous of the competing riders when I wached last years live stream“, Rogatkin says. On Friday he will be representing the US Team together with his collegues in the "Team battle", as they compete against last years winners Team Canada. But the biggest challenge for Rogatkin will certainly be the duel against Thomas Genon. The Belgian pushed himself for the first place last year and will certainly push himself harder this year. Rogatkin is motivated to ride with Genon: „We push each other to more crazy tricks and awesome runs. Iʼm looking forward to riding against him and to see what he has to throw down.“ There is not only the 10'000 CHF prize money to be won, but also the additional motivation of a Wildcard entry for the FMB Diamond Series Event Swatch Prime Line.
Livestream and broadcast
The final will be livestreamed at 8pm (CET), Saturday evening on the Rocketair hompage.
Swiss Sports television will broadcast a replay of the Finals on Tuesday at 19:00 in its full length.