Join the K2 Women’s Alliance on a journey from Mt. Hood to the coast of Oregon. Whether snow or surf these ladies draw inspiration from their surroundings and it translates into the latest K2 products. Enjoy the edit below and learn more at www.k2snowboarding.com/womens-alliance.
Brooke earned one of her most notable results of the season this past weekend with a 2nd Place finish at the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam Championships in Mammoth. Brooke took on some of the best rail riders from around the globe competing against riders from France, Japan and the U.S.
swissnowb-girlsflyer_zermattswissnowb-girlsflyer_zermattOur european teamrider Ursina haller invetes young, talented femal riders to join the first girl’s camp for ambitious young ladies, who want to get into professional snowboarding!
Ursina is one of the coaches and K2 is looking for the best action photo from the week-end. Silvano Zeiter will be taking photos and the best will be awarded with a complete K2 set-up! more info on the flyer!
The search is on to hire two candidates to participate in the Old Spice Fresh Adventure Internship to celebrate the brand’s first line of destination-based anti-perspirant/deodorant. The Fresh Collection gives guys the chance to smell like some of the freshest places on earth: Fiji, Matterhorn, Cyprus and Denali. As part of their job requirement, the interns will be reporting on their scent-inspired adventures in Matterhorn and Fiji, via social media channels. Each intern will also be outfitted with $5,000 and an itinerary of “jobs” to complete and document while on location.
To help better prepare the interns for their adventure, Old Spice is teaming up with two world-class athletes: professional snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and professional surfer Anastasia Ashley, who are coming on-board as internship mentors. For more information, visit www.oldspiceadventure.com.
“I am excited to be working with Old Spice on the Fresh Collection Internship Search,” said Gretchen Bleiler, professional snowboarder. “It’s not often that someone gets a chance to go to Matterhorn or Fiji as part of an internship, let alone get paid to snowboard all day and rock some lederhosen!”
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:
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
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