Sarka Pancochova new TTR leader
Sat 14 November 09
Elias Elhardt (GER) and the young Finnish newcomer Enni Rukajaervi walked home with the titles and 500 Swatch TTR Ranking Points, but it was Sarka's fourth place finish in Dachstein that takes the overall lead
After difficult weather conditions in the qualifications on Friday, the Dachstein Glacier presented itself under blue skies for the finals this Saturday. Elias Elhardt (GER) and the young Finnish newcomer Enni Rukajaervi walked home with the titles and 500 Swatch TTR Ranking Points.
From a TTR perspective, two female riders were the most successful at Dachstein, Sarka Pancochova (CZE) and Cheryl Maas (NED). With Sarka’s fourth place finish, she takes over the Tour lead and is now sitting in world number 1 of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour for the first time in her career. Only two years ago, she wouldn’t even have thought that this would be possible. „I hope I can manage to stay there [in World No.1] for longer. I will try to kill it at the European Open.” says Sarka after the event. „I can do that. I have the tricks but sometimes it is just the wrong time or I choose the wrong trick.“
Cheryl Maas (NED), one of the most respected and progressive female riders on the snowboard circuit and former TTR Snowboard World Champion 05/06 finished second at Dachstein and now sits in world number 3 on the Swatch TTR Tour. Cheryl is a girl to watch out for this season because of her steady riding and her plans to attend all major Swatch TTR contests. Sarka and Cheryl will both be going for the Swatch TTR World Champion title so that an exciting season on the women’s side is guaranteed.
Marco Grilc (SLO), who came sixth at the Pleasure Jam, now sits in world number 4 on the Swatch TTR Tour. Marco is stoked to see so many riders from Eastern Europe in the spotlight these days. „Before, there was almost nobody coming from the East. It seems that this part of Europe is developing and getting some facilities for the riders“, Marco explains. Fact is, Sarka and Marco truly represent the Eastern European snowboard scene well. A scene that, according to Grilc, is growing steadily and has many young riders that are hungry for success and will work hard for it. „Once they will achieve this, they will appreciate it more. We will see in the next years“, he concludes.
Thu 19 November 09, Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada
Over 4m of snow has fallen already in November with up to 1m more forecasted over the weekend.
Mon 23 November 09, XSCAPE Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
11 teams spent 3 days trying to ski and board as many of the countries dry and artificial slopes as possible, in a massive effort to raise funds for youth charity Snow-Camp
Thu 26 November 09, Niseko United, Japan
Our new publication, Snow-search Japan is now in stock and available to buy from the WSG shop! The definitive guide to Japan, covering over 70 resorts as well as the major cities, cultural and travel information.
Wed 02 December 09, St Moritz, Switzerland
Some parts of Switzerland have received over 1m of snow in the past 48hours, which is just in time and much needed for the start of the new season
Thu 03 December 09, Ischgl, Austria
The 25-year-old stayed for 4-days after the concert with boyfriend Russell Brand and went snowboarding.