25/03/2008 | by Silvia Mittermüller
Check out a selection of shots from the 08 Arctic Challenge in the Gallery.
Sorry for the delay in getting up my last blog from the 2008 TAC, in Oslo but I have been trying to recover from a week of hassling anarchists, sleeping in disused fountains and watching some of the finest quarter pipe riding of the snowboarding’s short history.
So here we go:
Following Thursday’s trick varied qualifier where cash prizes were given to those excelling in the categories of straight air, rotation and inversion a day of rest was granted to all – well deserved after trannie bashing and a party where the usual sausage-fest-boozathon was crashed by over 200 ravenous ladies off Facebook (hoorah for the joys of online communities).
Eight riders, including Shayne Pospisil, Andy Finch, Peetu Piiroinen, Kevin Pearce, Nicolas Müller, Terje Haakonsen, Risto Mattila, Colin Frei, made it through to a frost hardened quarter that Terje described as “firm” adding “I’m too old for this shit” as he hiked the steep steps that hemmed the Holmenkollen ski jump. He contradicted this with a fine display of shredding that included a massive tweaked Mctwist Japan and an 8.3m backside 3 that looked on execution to be heading for the record but was over rotated and therefore disallowed. Peetu Piironien slipped into third place and earned the Highest Air award with a 7.5m air and fives that were without fault. He may be the quietest chap on the TTR but his riding speaks volumes. Slipping into second place was Shayne Posipisil, a rookie to TAC, hailing from New Jersey, his enormous frontside 3 clinching the deal. Standing a head above these three though was the new TTR number one Kevin Pearce who seems determined to clean up at every event that he attends this season. The 21-year-old Vermont local was not only crowned the overall winner but also earned a handsome cash bonus for what was unquestionably the best trick of the contest, a huge inverted backside 5 double grab.
Having given props to the winners I would just like to high funf those who didn’t make the podium. Chad Otterstrom was killing it in practice but as luck would have it bombed his three qualifying runs. Nicolas Müller was as stylish as ever while an array of Scandinavian talent including Daniel Josefsen and Risto Mattila with his traveling 5s were much appreciated by the crowd. Also riding hard was a contingent of Japanese riders made up of Takaharu Nakai and Fumiyuki “Smokey” Murakami – all those present must collectively apologize for the ribbing that you got from the commentator; xenophobia is not a general trait of our fine continent…
Kevin Pearce up in the stratosphere
Can’t wait for next year’s contest!
Gallery of the event will be up in the morning…