Enni celebrates her Swatch TTR world champion title
Mar 29 2010
This winter the 19-year old (K2 Snowboarding) rookie from Finland, Enni Rukajärvi took the snowboarding world by storm by appearing almost out of thin air and dominating the top slopestyle events. Fresh from finishing high school, she begun competing a few years prior at her home mountain and it became clear that she had a talent. With her textbook style and fearless mind Rukajärvi cleaned up almost every slopestyle title she tried for this winter, slowly climbing the TTR ranks and growing stronger also in the halfpipe. At the nail biting tour ending 6Star event, the Roxy Chicken Jam US, her efforts were rewarded and she was crowned Swatch TTR World Snowboard Champion 2009/2010, earning herself $50,000 USD and automatic invites to all major TTR events for the 2010/2011 season.
In the fall of 2009/2010, Rukajärvi began to stir up the noise outside her home country making international headlines with her win at the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam 2009 in Austria, beating the likes of former TTR World Champion Cheryl Maas (NED). Carrying over an end-of-season bonus, from a World No. 46 position in the 08/09 TTR season, she jumped into World No.43 with her first result and caught up with the pack who had got a head start at the southern hemisphere TTR events.
The big bang on her career came along with her slopestyle victories at the 6Star Roxy Chicken Jam in Saalbach, Austria and the 6Star Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland. By this point it was clear that she was no one hit wonder, but a serious contender for the Swatch TTR top spot. After the two 6Star events, she had climbed into World No. 6 and spoke about her experience at the BEO explaining; “I was really nervous in the semis because I wanted to get to the finals, but once I got in I was able to just ride”. Her determination showed in the finals where she reached top scores with her second run consisting of a 50-50 Boardslide to Fakie, Cab 360 Slide, Cab 270 Boardslide, 50-50 on Downbox, Stalefish Frontside 360 Indy, Backside mute 540 and a stylish Cab 720.
After her success in January, Rukajärvi made quick calculations and came to the conclusion to include a 5Star event in her schedule to allow her a few more crucial results for her Swatch TTR ranking total. She accepted an invitation to compete at the 5Star Burton Canadian Open, despite her original plans to only do a few events this year. Her efforts paid off and once more she shone on the top spot of the slopestyle podium, and also showed that she could stomp a solid run in the halfpipe.
Sitting in World No. 4 prior to the 6Star Burton US Open allowed Rukajärvi to relax a bit and she returned to her home mountain to regain her focus. At Stratton she walked away with another nice result, barely missing the podium with 4th place in slopestyle and 15th in the halfpipe and was awarded the Burton Global Open Series title. Now in the Swatch TTR ranking lead Rukajärvi was in a great position for the Roxy Chicken Jam USA, however, with seven other contenders able to overtake her rank she was still in for a tight battle. She managed to hold her own and place 6th in slopestyle and 21st in halfpipe. “I feel awesome. I am so happy and stoked and also surprised. I did not expect to be Tour Champion at all at the beginning of the season.” Rukajärvi has certainly showed that one can make her way through the various Star rated events on the TTR Tour and participate in the open events to make a success story and we can expect to see a lot more of her in the future.
The Swatch TTR Top 3 of season 2009/2010 were rounded up with Sina Candrian (SUI) in World No.2 and Sarka Pancochova (CZE) in World No. 3. The men’s Swatch TTR Tour Champion, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), was crowned at the Burton US Open. More information and videos of Enni Rukajärvi’s 09/10 World Champion Title are available on www.ttrworldtour.com.
ABOUT SWATCH TTR:
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, the Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour is a non-profit, rider-driven organization with the mission “to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world, using authenticity, accessibility, innovation as guiding principles”. Since its foundation, the Swatch TTR Tour has been developing into the most exposed snowboard tour worldwide featuring global grass root and key independent freestyle snowboarding events over a ten-month period from Southern to Northern Hemisphere locations. Events are rated via a 1-through-6Star system, with points allocated accordingly, a 6Star event holds the highest (1000 points). Any rider participating in these events, from up-and-coming to professional talent, earns ranking points and a position on the Swatch TTR World Ranking List. The top male and female rider based on an average of their best six results of the season (5+1 system) is crowned Swatch TTR World Snowboard Champion. For more information visit www.ttrworldtour.com
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Brooke Voigt struck gold at the 2010 Arctic Winter Games in Grande Prarie, Alberta last week. Among a field of international competitors she grabbed 3 gold medals (halfpipe, slopestyle, boarder cross), 1 silver (banked slalom) and the Overall Title for Junior Females.
The Fort McMurray Today newspaper featured Brooke in an article about her third trip to the AWG: http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2280163
Check out the photos from the Games:
Brooke on course in the slopestyle finals
Brooke collecting one of her gold medals
On top once again!
AWG Opening Ceremonies
Ursina Haller (SUI), Holly Crawford (AUS) and Mercedes Nicoll (CAN) shine from the podium
Congrats to Ursina Haller for taking 2nd at LG’s FIS Snowboard World Cup!
Here’s an excerpt form FIS Snowboard from Ursina herself.
Ursina Haller was also satisfied with her first ever podium; especially as she was able to showcase her true riding skills in a World Cup contest for the first time: “So far I wasn’t very successful in the FIS World Cup. I’m happy that I made it today. It was some nice riding today and if good things come out of it, it’s even better,” the 24-years-old stated after having landed “frontside air”, “backside 540”, “frontside 540”, “backside air” and “frontside 720”.
Next week, from March 18th through 21st, 2010, the first ever World Cup finals to be held in Spain will be staged. The final decisions in snowboard cross, halfpipe and parallel giant slalom will be held in La Molina.
Aspen/Snowmass and Gretchen Bleiler will host the third annual CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational. This is an all-female lifestyle event featuring a snowboard superpipe contest in Snowmass April 2-4, 2010.
“I’m really looking forward to the third annual CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational, especially after the craziness of the Olympics,” said two-time Olympian and 2010 Winter X Games gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler, “this will be a great opportunity to focus on progressive riding and quality time with all of the girls.”
For more information on the CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational or anything regarding Aspen/Snowmass please visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call 1-800-525-6200
Photo By Christy Chaloux Courtesy of TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARDING
Brooke Voigt has one again landed on top of the Billabong Flaunt It podium. This time she took 2nd place in slopestyle at Blue Mountain in Ontario. With strong showings at both the Norquay, Alberta and Blue Mountain, Ontario Brooke is flaunting what she’s got on rails and jumps.
Rail Jam Winners from left: Victoria Marshall (2nd), Jenna Blasman (1st) and Catriona Boyd (3rd) Photo: sbcwomen.com
1st – Jenna Blasman, $700, flight and accomodations to the finals, Nixon gold 42-20 Flaunt It watch (Billabong, Technine, Sanction, Icarus Shreducation)
2nd – Brooke Voigt, $500 (Billabong, K2, Dragon, 32, Pom Pom)
3rd – Leanna King, $300 (Nikita, Nitro)
Check out sbcwomen.com for more details: http://www.sbcwomen.com/hotbox?news_id=393
Also Billabong posted a blog about Brooke @ the Norquay stop on the Billabong Girls site. Check it out here: http://www.billabonggirls-usa/blog-post/503/2010-02-18
Congratulations to team rider Brooke Voigt who took 2nd place in the Rail Jam at Billabong’s Flaunt It contest at Mount Norquay, AB on the weekend. She also grabbed 5th place in the slopestyle. Brooke is headed for the Flaunt It finals at Blue Mountain this coming weekend (February 20) to take on the east coasts’ talent pool.
Check out the full story here: http://www.sbcwomen.com/features
Rail Jam Podium (L:R Brooke Voigt, Christy Prior, Marie-Andree Racine) Photo: Billabong from sbcwomen.com
Brooke getting stylish on the box Photo: Billabong from sbcwomen.com
1st Marie-Andree Racine
2nd Sara Niblock
3rd Christy Prior
4th Karen MCnab
5th Brooke Voigt
Rail Jam Results:
1st Christy Prior
2nd Brooke Voigt
3rd Marie-Andree Racine
The 6th annual Nikita Chickita USA 2010 all-girls snowboard contest is nearly here! Taking place this Saturday, February 20th at Brighton resort’s Majestic Park in Utah.
Ladies this is open to both amateur and pro riders, all ages and abilities. Up for grabs is a chance to win a one-year Nikita sponsorship for the winner of the Am contest plus tons of prizes from K2, Seychelles and BC, Pom Pom Wax, and Nikita steetwear and outerwear. Pros will be competing for cash prizes. At the Nikita Chickita contest you’ll be sure to have a relaxed super time and it’s all about girls who ride!
Sign ups have already started through the Shred Betties website at this link www.shredbetties.com/site/2010nikitachikita. You can also register onsite from 8:00am to 9:00am on February 20th at the Brighton center, next to the ticket office. Nikita will be offering free breakfast as well as lift tickets to all participants!
Nikita Chickita USA – for further information please visit the Nikita Website here!
2010 Olympic Snowboarding Team
It’s finally official! K2 pro rider Gretchen Bleiler will be going to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Congrats Gretch! We’re super excited to watch you in the games, Go for Gold!
Final Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Standings
Average of best two results (ties broken)
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 1000
2. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 800
3. Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 800
4. Danny Davis, Detroit, MI, 645
5. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 550
6. JJ Thomas, Golden, CO, 550
7. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 550
8. Zack Black, Breckenridge, CO, 525
9. Elijah Teter, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 475
10. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 400
1. Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, VT, 1000
2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 900
3. Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT, 800
4. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 650
5. Ellery Hollingsworth, Stratton, VT, 600
6. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, 500
7. Maddy Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, CO, 500
8. Clair Bidez, Minturn, CO, 425
9. Kelly Marren, Hillsborough, CA, 32
To check out some pictures from the event or to watch some video check out Transworld Snowboarding
Unbelievable, Enni Rukajärvi takes home her second 6star TTR victory in a row. Today she won the slopestyle at the Burton European Open!
Congrats Enni, we’re stoked!
Again it was Enni who dominated the contest. Her best run started off with some great jib moves in the upper section of the course: a 50-50 Boardslide to Fakie, Cab 360 Slide, Cab 270 Boardslide, 50-50 on the Downbox, a huge Stalefish over the quarter, a Frontside 360 Indy, Backside mute 540 and a stylish Cab 720. The magnitude of the tricks as well as their style could not be matched by any other girl.
photo by Danny Burrows
1 Rukajärvi Enni 93.17
2 Candrian Sina 78.50
3 Pancochova Sarka 74.50
4 Wiik Lisa 63.83
5 Gottlieb Shelly 62.67
6 van Gils Charlotte 45.50
7 Ramholt Tina 41.00
8 Karlinski Jordie 33.33
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