Billabong is proud to announce Billabong Ante Up, a 5star TTR World Snowboard Tour event back for its second year, taking place on July 1st, 2011 in Whistler, British Columbia on the top of Whistler Mountain.  The event is the marquee kick-off event for the TTR World Snowboard Tour for the 2011-2012 season and is a qualifying event for the 6Star Billabong Innsbruck Air and Style event in February 2012.

Billabong Ante Up will take place at the top of the Whistler Mountain, steps from the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola building with 30 of the world’s top snowboarders competing in a Big Air format.  Riders will hit an 85-90 foot big air jump, with $50,000 USD in prize money and valuable TTR World Tour snowboard points up for grabs.  The top 10 riders from the 2010-2011 season will automatically qualify, with the remainder of riders being filled through a registration/selection process.  

"Holding this event at the top of Whistler Mountain on Canada Day, July 1st is the perfect timing and spot for a summer snowboard event" says Risto Scott, Marketing Director for Billabong Canada.  "With the world’s best snowboarders at the world's best four season resort, and the excitement of a Canadian national holiday, what better way to spend it than on top of Whistler Mountain watching the riders throw down!"

All riders wishing to compete in the 2011 Billabong Ante Up can register at billabong.com/anteup Registration is open from May 20th to June 7th, 2011 with all qualifying riders posted on the event website June 8th.

To check out the Billabong Ante Up event, guests can purchase a Whistler Blackcomb PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience ticket, or use their winter 2010-2011 Seasons Pass (free access) or Edge Card (50% off) to access the mountain.  For full event information (including a coupon valid for discounted event day lift tickets), visit billabong.com/anteup.