World Snowboarding Championship
Even though snowboarding has grown into an immensely popular winter sport, it has always remained on the sidelines in regard to championship tournaments. But that is all about to change with the recent announcement that a World Snowboarding Championship is currently being established. At the 2009 TTR General Assembly, which was held in Austria, representatives from around the world supported the project, which is being organized by the World Snowboard Federation and the TTR World Tour.
Swatch TTR, or Ticket To Ride, was established by Terje Haakonsen in the year 2002, and is a non-profit organization that focuses on the development of competitive snowboarding. Now, with the creation of the World Snowboarding Championship, the TTR will undertake their biggest challenge to date. It has been decided that the World Snowboarding Championship will be held every four years, and the inauguration event will be taking place in 2012. Oslo, in Norway, has been selected as the host of the event and the venue will still be advised, as the Norwegian Snowboard Federation is still awaiting approval by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment in regard to plans to upgrade the Tryvann Vinterpark. The Oslo Municipality has also confirmed their support of the World Snowboarding Championship by putting up over $4.3 million towards the event. Reto Lamm, TTR World Tour President, commented that the creation of this event was a giant leap forward for the sport of snowboarding and expressed his enthusiasm for the inaugural event by saying: “We look forward to putting on a world-class event to push the progression of the sport and provide a global platform to showcase the best riders in the world.” The World Snowboarding Championship will have various divisions, enabling both men and women to display their best abilities in slopestyle disciplines as well as in the halfpipe events.
Some of the details in regard to prize money, participant qualifications and various event schedules are still to be decided and will be made public as soon as a final decision has been reached. The World Snowboarding Championship will allow snowboarding enthusiasts from all over the globe to compete for top honors and world ranking.