18/06/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Here’s some big news for our small world of snowboarding: The TTR is on their way to create the World Snowboard Championships, a big shred brouhaha that will be held every four years and feature halfpipe and slopestyle. Every four years? If that sounds vaguely familiar to you it might be because of another big event called the Olympics that works along the same sort of schedule. However, the TTR thing will alternate with the five rings every two years in order to avoid any conflicts attention-wise. And since slopestyle is not an Olympic discipline this can be considered the TTR’s shot at becoming the most prestigious slopestyle event on the planet. In any case, the budget outline for the inaugural championships in Oslo/Norway should be sufficient to create a splashy comp up in the North. Fingers crossed.
On 24 May 2010 TTR Pro Snowboarding announced the creation of the World Snowboarding Championships. A new world-class snowboarding event, the World Snowboarding Championships will be held every four years and will feature men’s and women’s halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines. The first event is planned for the 2011/2012 season and will create an environment for the best freestyle riders to compete for world snowboard champion titles in both halfpipe and slopestyle formats.
“The creation of the Snowboarding World Championships is a great step forward for the TTR and the world of snowboarding as a whole,” says Reto Lamm, President of the TTR World Tour. “We look forward to putting on a world-class event to push the progression of the sport and provide a global platform to showcase the best riders in the world.”
The concept for the World Snowboarding Championships was developed by a group of international representatives of the sport at the 2009 TTR General Assembly in Austria and is a joint project of the TTR World Tour and the World Snowboard Federation (WSF). With a unanimous vote at the General Assembly 2010, the application for the Norwegian capital, Oslo, has been accepted to hold the inaugural event in 2012. The proposal was put forward by a consortium of the Norwegian Snowboard Federation, the Arctic Challenge organizers and the hosting resort Tryvann.
The municipality of Oslo will back the project with $4.3-million USD for the event and another $1.3-million USD for preparations. The final decision whether the event will take place is pending approval by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment for the expansion plans of the event arena at Tryvann Vinterpark.
After the 2011/2012 event, the World Snowboarding Championships will continually change locations every four years and will take applications from cities around the world to host future events. Other details surrounding the event, such as qualifications, prize money and event schedules will be determined over the next six months and will be released as they are finalized.