Teo Konttinen takes the 4*TTR BGV Fest in Russia
Fri 06 February 09
A huge crowd of spectators braved the cold conditions to watch Teo Konttinen (FIN) claim top honours as Chris Sörman (SWE) took second, followed by Russia’s own, Viktor Teymurov in third
The Swatch TTR 4Star BGV Fest went off in Russia this weekend as two Scandinavian riders and a lone Russian took out the top spots. A huge crowd of spectators braved the cold conditions to watch Teo Konttinen (FIN) claim top honours as Chris Sörman (SWE) took second, followed by Russia’s own, Viktor Teymurov in third. Konttinen’s efforts earned him a fat slice of the $25 000 USD prize purse and 500 TTR ranking points, boosting him over 200 places up to World No. 164 whilst Sörman moves into World No. 21.
The 2009 BGV Fest was awarded Swatch TTR 4Star status ensuring an even higher quality event than the year before. The set up of the Slopestyle course had vastly improved on last year and provided riders with limitless possibilities for trick combos. It consisted of three massive kickers, long rails and several boxes, features that Konttinen, Sörman and Teymurov were slaying all night.
Eight riders made it into the finals and showcasing the rise of Russian snowboarding were Viktor Teymurov, Sergey Lapushkin and Dmitrij Koltsov. Austrian favourite, Rudi Kroell, finished in 5th position and moved up over 15 positions on the Swatch TTR World Ranking, now sitting in World No. 48. His brother, Chris Kroell (AUT) just missed the cut into the Top 50 with his 9th place finish. Otto Veijola (FIN), winner of the 2007 BGV was unable to repeat his success and finished in 8th position, right behind Ludwig Lejkner (SWE).
When the contest wrapped up, riders and spectators warmed up by the fire and got down to the sounds of Russia’s hottest bands and DJs. Russians know how to throw a sick event and expectations are rising for 2010, when the BGV Fest may be back, even bigger and better than ever.
Fri 06 February 09, St Anton, Austria
From St Anton the comp moves on to the slopes above Innsbruck
Fri 06 February 09, XSCAPE Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
The Vans Dawn of the Shred returns for the 3rd year. Bringing the North/South divide closer with an indoor stop at Xscape Milton Keynes on 30th May and Cairngorm Mountain, Scotland on the 18th April
Sun 08 February 09, Canada Olympic Park , Canada
The Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta welcomed a sick field of talented snowboarders today with local Canadian shredders Jed Anderson and Palmer Taylor claiming the men's and women’s Halfpipe title at the inaugural Swatch TTR 5Star Burton Canadian Open. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS.
Tue 10 February 09, Cardrona, New Zealand
The resort will be expanded with a new trail down the Arcadia Basin and a $1m snowmaking upgrade will allow the entire area to be covered with artificial snow
Tue 17 February 09, Chamonix, France
Everything was in place for the amazing show: sunshine, low temperatures, cold snow, a spot loved by the locals, the ‘Hôtel du Brévent’ – 400 vertical meters on a steep slope facing east – and 92 riders anxious to reveal their talent taking on the face!