Innsbruck, Austria - season has some major changes ahead for the women on the Swatch TTR Tour. Some beloved events have gone while new ones have popped up and events previously closed for the women have opened their doors. This winter will see a much shorter and more intense competition season that will come to a close for both men and women at the 6Star Burton US Open in March 2011. With a great start in the Southern Hemisphere, Swiss rider, Sina Candrian holds the current TTR World Ranking lead, with 09/10 TTR World Champion Enni Rukajärvi (FIN) right behind in World. No 2. But, there is an entire Northern Hemisphere season ahead that will determine who will take the coveted TTR Tour Champion title for the 2010/11 season.
Big and Small Changes on the Event Calendar
With the unfortunate cancellation of the Roxy Chicken Jam, which has been an institution on the TTR tour for the women since 2004, there are some unexpected holes in the calendar for the season. Luckily, events previously only open for men are now welcoming women to compete; The 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge will feature a women’s slopestyle competition, the 6Star O’Neill Evolution will run both pipe and slopestyle for women and the 5Star Nescafé Champs Leysin will feature women’s slopestyle. The Burton Global Open Series events remain open to the ladies as usual and upcoming stops are scheduled for Europe, Canada and the United States.
In addition to the major competitions on tour, the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam in Austria and the Ride Shakedown in the US will be open for girls to compete on a 4Star level. Also, the final event of the Billabong Flaunt It series has moved up to a 4Star status, while the rest of the series, spread around the US and Canada, will operate on the 3Star level. In addition, some girls-only events that are running strong on the 3Star level include, the Rip Curl Sista Sessions in Mayrhofen, Austria on 19-23rd January and Catfight (previously known as Girlsessions) in Levi, Finland on 23-27 March 2011.
WSF and TTR Incentives on the Tour 2010/11
The WSF (World Snowboard Federation) in cooperation with TTR has also announced a new female riders activation initiative. This female initiative will kick off with a pilot program in Finland led by WSF board member, Noora Vihervaara, and aims to bring pro riders and budding semi-pro riders together to ride, train, travel to events and provide support for up-and-coming talent. In addition to the pilot program, the WSF and TTR have waived event application fees for 1Star events in order to bring more amateur level events to the tour. With this news, the WSF received applications from women-only 1Star events that will be featured on tour including the Playground Jam in Avoriaz, France, Princess of the Park in Tignes, France as well as the Ladies First Challenge series, with six events in Switzerland, which will finish off with a 2Star invitational final in Thyon.
Things to remember on the TTR Tour 2010/11
One of the most important changes to note when planning your season is the slight change in the number of results counting towards the 2010/11 end-of-season ranking. This year, seven results will count for both men and women and the final 6Star event will be the Burton US Open where both male and female Swatch TTR Tour Champions will be crowned.
Next for Women on the TTR Tour
With one major result in the bag for the women in the 2010/11 season at the 5Star New Zealand Open, the TTR tour will kick off in the Northern Hemisphere at the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam running November 11-14th. January will feature the 6Star O’Neill Evolution in Davos, Switzerland and 6Star Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland. For a complete calendar of events and all the latest information on the 2010/11 TTR World Snowboard tour, head over to ttrworldtour.com.
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