Female Riders Head To Finland For 2011 4Star Battery Catfight

Featuring a new name and location, as well as, three competition formats, the 2011 4Star Battery Catfight is gearing up for some serious women-only snowboard action.

4Star Battery Catfight 2011.  Photo: Harri TarviainenFemale snowboarders are off to the northern-most parts of Finland for the 2011 4Star Battery Catfight competition. The Catfight offers a maximum of 500 Swatch TTR World Ranking points and a sweet $10,000 prize purse. 

The action will kick off in Finland with the halfpipe competition on Thursday, March 24, 2011, the rail-jam will follow on Friday, March 25 and the event wraps up with the slopestyle finals on Saturday the 26th of March.

The Battery Catfight, previously named Girlsessions, is famous for igniting the career of 20-year old Finnish ripper, Enni Rukajärvi, who won her first TTR titles at this event and then went on to storm the TTR Tour 5Star and 6Star events last winter to take the 2009/10 Swatch TTR Tour Champion Title.

Alongside Enni at this year’s event will be up-and-coming Finnish riders Saana Pehkonen, current World No. 57, and Merika Enne who sits in the TTR Top 70. The slopestyle course will include a progressive setup of several rails and three kickers, the halfpipe is a mellow size with the walls measuring in at 16 feet and the rail-jam will see two rails at the center of the village.

International talent is also set to attend with Swiss duo Elena Könz, who holds the World No. 41 spot, and Isabel Derungs, who currently sits in World No. 22, both making the trip to this exotic location. Isabel took home the title at the 4Star STIMOROL Engadinsnow, and took a podium at the 5Star Néscafé Champs Open.

Also participating is Polish shredder and World No. 38, Diana Sadlowski, and Austrian phenomenon, Christina “Tini” Gruber, who took second place at the 3Star Rip Curl Sista Sessions slopestyle.

The 2011 Battery Catfight prides itself on the fun and progressive attitude and the event will include coaching and jam sessions for all levels, with the spotlight on the 4Star Battery Catfight slopestyle, halfpipe and rail jam competitions.

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