Major Upsets Expected At the 2010 Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam

It's that time of the year and the snowboarding community is making its way back to the Northern Hemisphere for the 2010 Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam.

Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam 2010.  Photo: WyhlidalFrom November 12th to 13th, the elite snowboarders of Europe will converge on the Dachstein glacier in Schladming, Austria for the eighth 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam.

Over 160 international riders will be participating in the event at the Horsefeathers Superpark in Dachstein. Up for grabs is a coveted $20,000 USD prize purse.

A high-level of riding is expected with the current Swatch TTR Tour leader, Gjermund Braaten, in attendance looking to defend his pole position. Current World No. 7 and two-time World Rookie Fest winner, Roope Tonteri, will be showing off his solid slopestyle riding skills along with fellow rising stars, Kevin Backström and Seppe Smits, who are sitting in World No. 9 and World No. 6, respectively.

Swiss riders, Markus Keller and Stephan Maurer, will also be present and will be trying to improve their Top 50 positions after climbing the rankings last weekend with good results at the 4Star Nissan Stomp-It in Modena, Italy.

Local Austrian rider and a familiar face at the Pleasure Jam, Werner Stock, is excited to get back in competition mode saying, "For me the Pleasure Jam is a fixed season opener. The park is always sick and the event is simply perfect."

The women’s TTR Tour ranking is likely to see some shuffling with reigning TTR Tour Champion and current World No. 2, Enni Rukajärvi, in the line up along with German slopestyle specialist, Silvia Mittermueller, who sits just a few points away in World No. 3.

Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam 2010.  Photo: WyhlidalThese ladies will need to be on the lookout for some eager rookies including, Katarzyna Rusin, who made her way to the invite list by winning a video competition and is sitting in World No. 44. Current tour leader, Sina Candrian, is absent from the rider list and will most likely fall further down in the TTR Top 10.

The next major event after the 2010 Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam in Austria will be the 6Star O’Neill Evolution in January, which will feature slopestyle and halfpipe.

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