Oslo, Norway – February 23, 2008: It was a dramatic finale to one of the most significant competitions on the Tour. The Swatch TTR SIX(6)STAR Oakley Arctic Challenge, greeted with sunny skies and an enthusiastic crowd, wrapped up today with US rider Kevin Pearce taking home the title and $ 24.500 USD giving him enough TTR ranking points to take over the TTR World No. 1 position putting Risto Mattila (FIN) in second rank. Shayne Pospisil (USA)  took second place while Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) once again proved he’s one of the best by rounding out the Top three and maintaining his grasp on TTR World No. 3.

Pearce was stoked with his Title win but is still looking to the future: “I’ve done a lot of TTR events this year and now I’m finally on top. It’s been a long journey. I feel pretty good about it. Seems like just yesterday it was the start of the season. But it’s coming down to the last couple events… and now it all depends on the US Open. I’m psyched. It’s going to be a good ending.”

Pearce also took home the trophy for Best Trick of the day. All eyes may have been looking for a new World Record, but the highest air of the day, stomped by Peetu Piiroinen, was 7.5 m, just over 2 m shy of the 9.8 world record set by local Norwegian rider Terje Haakonsen last year.


In the same fashion as the semi finals, riders were judged on their best runs, but things were stepped up for the finals. Each rider was given five attempts to stomp three of their best tricks. Added to those three scores was a variation score that judged riders on their ability to mix things up with each hit.

Some big changes in the TTR Rankings were set after a great afternoon of friendly snowboard competition. Risto Mattila who was previously the Tour Leader is now TTR World No. 2 after his 7th place finish in Oslo. Risto will definitely be looking to get back on top in the coming weeks. Andy Finch who was throwing down epic airs all day long keeps his place of TTR World No. 4 as Nicolas Mueller, who brought along his legendary Swiss style, now sits in the top ten at TTR World No. 8. Scotty Lago who didn’t fair too well in Norway still managed to improve his ranking with a SIX(6)STAR result and now sits at TTR World No. 9.

Check out www.ttrworldtour.com for fully updated Swatch TTR Rankings along with blogs, news, and videos that document all the action from The Oakley Arctic Challenge. In case you missed the competition, you still catch every detail over on www.freecaster.tv. Be sure to stay tuned to TTR as the Tour moves to Japan for the FIVE(5)STAR Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open where we could see some more big changes in the rankings, setting things up for the final SIX(6)STAR event of the tour: The Burton US Open. The chase for the Tour crown and the Swatch TTR prize purse of 250,000 USD goes into its final round.

The Oakley Arctic Challenge Final Results:

1. Kevin Pearce                           USA
2. Shayne Pospisil                        USA
3. Peetu Piiroinen                         FIN
4. Terje Haakonsen                     NOR
5. Nicolas Mueller                         SUI
6. Andy Finch          &                    USA
7. Risto Mattila                            FIN
8. Colin Frei                                SUI
9. Ulrik Badertscher                      NOR
10. Dustin Craven                        CAN
11. Daniel Josefsen                      NOR
12. Fumiyuki Murakami                JPN
13. Takaharu Nakai                     JPN
14. Jake Koia                             NZE
15. Chad Otterstrom                    USA
16. Kim Rune Hansen                  NOR
17. Fredrik Scuderi                       NOR
18. Arthur Longo                          FRA
19. Stale Sandbech                      NOR
20. Takato Taniguchi                    JPN
21. Scott Lago                             USA
22. Jody Koenders                       NE