A local team of Swedish snowboarders upset a stellar field of the world’s best riders to win the overall title at the ‘The Battle’, held in epic conditions at a massive purpose built snow park at Falun in central Sweden. Competitors from five different regions of the world, including Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Canada and Oceania were represented at the event. But the local team, led by Jonas Wihelmsson and Hampus Mosesson, stole the show in front of a huge crowd at Lugnet Stadium. The world’s best snowboarders attacked the park, which contained more than 25,000 cubic metres of snow and was purpose built for the event, throwing down some incredible tricks. While Norway’s Terje Haakonsen and Finland’s Wile Yli-Luoma landed some huge jumps, they could do nothing to stop the irrepressible form of the local riders.
Like all battles, there were plenty of casualties, the most notable being USA team captain Andy Finch, who was hospitalised with a bruised lung and severe concussion after a spectacular crash during the pre-event warm-up. The Swedish finished ahead of the Scandinavian team, with the European team in third place, followed by Oceania and Canada.
1. Sweden (Jonas Wihelmsson and Hampus Mosesson)
3. Continental Europe
‘The Battle’ is one of eight events that comprise the revolutionary Ticket To Ride (TTR) series that has replaced the defunct International Snowboard Federation (ISF) competition circuit. The series is controlled by snowboarders, like Söderqvist and Haakonsen, and encourages progressive and creative riding.
‘The Battle’ was the final chance for riders to qualify for the Arctic Challenge in Norway in April, where the TTR series reaches its climax. The winning rider will be announced later this evening, with Wihelmsson, Mosesson, Travis Williams and Yli-Luoma among the favourites. ‘The Battle’ is proudly presented by Corona Extra; supported by Rip Curl and Arnette.