The Arctic Challenge 2009

To say the least, Terje Håkonsen, his crew, and Oakley know how to put together a snowboarding challenge. Taking care of the riders is the number one priority of The Arctic Challenge (TAC)-the organizers make sure everyone is stoked at all times so the riders only need to focus on their snowboarding.

The first event at TAC, which took place on Thursday, was a highest air comp set up to break the 10-meter mark in highest air. Unfortunately, falling snow slowed things down and no one got there. Shayne Pospisil, fresh off a hometown win at Red Bull Snowscrapers, did make 6.8 meters to take the win, with Oslo local Daniel Josefson tying his height. They split the money and the pride of winning the first segment of The Arctic Challenge.

On Saturday, the crowds showed to cheer on riders in pursuit of the TAC title with a variety of tricks. Frenchman Arthur Longo took the win after edging out Colorado’s 17 year-old Matt Ladley, who was a standout throughout the entire event. Matt did, however, win the best trick with a huge backside seven. Anti Autti took third and Risto Mattila, Terje Håkonsen, Henning Martinsen, Pål Sørensen and Yasuyuki Momose rounded out the top eight.

Additionally, Terje brought in friends and legends to celebrate the tenth year of TAC. Og’s like Ingemar Backman, Jamie Lynn, Michi Albin, Gian Simmen, Heikki Sorsa and more were there to simply hang out and support fellow riders while they jammed the quarter pipe.

By the end of the party on Saturday night, everybody was more than stoked to share a part of snowboarding history. Thank you Terje and Oakley for hosting frequency at TAC. Stay tuned for video from the event.


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