21/03/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Stellar list of riders set to face off in the new Slopestyle format.
Postponing the Oakley Arctic Challenge due to inadequate snow conditions in December did not have a negative impact on the riders’ list. Joining this year’s slopestyle dominator and U.S. Winter X-Games gold medal winner Eero Ettala, will be Ståle Sandbech – Oakley’s 16 year old super talent – who just came back from Vancouver . Also confirmed to compete from 5th – 7th March in Oslo are top riders Niki Korpela, Torstein Horgmo and Mikkel Bang.
Starting out as a small pilot project back in 1999, the Oakley Arctic Challenge is now established as one of the greatest snowboard events in the world. It is the only TTR 6 star event owned by a professional rider. 10 years after the first riders where invited to Norway by Terje Haakonsen, “TAC” still experiments with formats, arenas, judging systems and TV production in an everlasting search for perfection. Accepting no compromise throughout his whole career, Terje still makes life hard for his crew by pushing the limits for possibilities in a snowboard event.
With the re-introduction of slopestyle, “TAC” wanted to take the variation score a step further. Slopestyle contains per definition more variation than a quarterpipe as there are multiple obstacles in one run and rails, kickers, hips and corners varies in shaping. So the Oakley Arctic Challenge looked in another direction. The ambition was to create something progressive and new, to stay true to the sport and be fair to the riders – and create something exciting and easy-to-grasp for the fans. By judging every obstacle and displaying each score in every riders run, there is no hiding for the judges. Everything is out in the open, giving rider’s instant feedback on their performance.
Check the complete Rider list, Details on the “green” Event and more on www.t-a-c.no