Riverjump is back on the radar in 2009
From March 4th to 6th 2009, an international contingent comprised of some of the top TTR snowboarders will descend on Italy to fight for two batches of 500 TTR ranking points and a € 20 000 Euro prize purse.
Under lights, right in the centre of Livigno, riders will launch over the iconic ‘Spoel’ River in hope of improving their TTR World Ranking. Upcoming shred talent will also have the chance to take on the invited riders, with winners of a separate 4Star Slopestyle competition going through to Friday’ main event.
In its short history the Riverjump has developed a repuation as one of Italy’s premier snowboard contests – a fact which has attracted some of TTR’s most talked about riders this year. Winner of the the Air & Style Innsbruck and World No.33, Colin Frei (SUI) will be in Livigno looking to move up into the Top 30. He will be joined by fellow Air and Style podium finisher, World No.14, Olivier Gittler (FRA) who has had a strong season and will be aiming to improve his position in the Top 20. Italian star, Manuel Pietropoli will carry the hopes of the nation on his shoulders and has a super strong chance to improve on his World No.40 ranking.
Also Sweden will be well represented by Chris Sörman, who currently sits in World No.24 and has the potential to move up.The contest will also be further bolstered by returning 2007 Riverjump title winner, Yale Cousino (USA) and Finnish rookie, Niki Korpela, two riders who have forged names for themselves by anhililating rails. This has been Niki’s breakout season on the TTR World Tour so he’ll be looking for a win to reassure everyone of his talent.
This season the riders’ seven best results will be averaged to crown the rider who has dominated across all formats as final victor at the last 6Star event. A total prize money payout of over 200.000 US Dollar will be handed out when the Tour Championships are decided, bringing the total prize money throughout the season to over 2.000.000 US Dollar.
In the middle of the beautiful and magical forest of Oslo, trolls were holding on to their hats as they were joined by snowboarding’s elite riders and cheering spectators for the epic Quarterpipe contest, the Arctic Challenge.
The mountain guides made a very good job and prepared the north face of Mount Corvatsch during the past three weeks so well that the 43 riders from 10 countries could show a spectacular show.
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