Wow! What a weekend! The girls (Janna Meyen and Leanne Pelosi) took home some cash, a car, first at the rail jam, first and second in Slope style at the US Open.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the Scandinavians battled it out in front of 16,000 spectators last weekend in Falun, Sweden and the Finnish came out victorious!
The gigantic course even took riders by surprise. The "oooh’s" and "ahhh’s" that echoed through out the stadium didn’t justify how enormous this course was--not to mention the riding level.
Riders dropped like flies with either with sprained ankles or broken wrists. It was quite impressive to see 12 nations all over the globe travel so far to a small town in Sweden to throw down and take snowboarding to another level. The weather couldn’t be more suitable for the level of riding that was going down (a nice -5 degrees Celsius). Markku Koski, captain for the Finnish team, dominated as they all rode with style and confidence. The course was built in a ski jump stadium utilizing the landing of the ski jump as the approach to the enormous battlefield.
Viva la Finland!
It consisted of a monster-size table top measuring over 100 feet from take off to landing with a nice size hip (backside for goofy footers). Opposite the hip, the tabletop was also utilized as a quarterpipe Immediately after the tabletop a variety of jib lines were offered.
After a long day of flat landings and compressed spins, the Finnish team dominated the course taking home the fifty-pound trophy, key’s to Falun, custom surfboards and bragging rights. Hampus Mossesson represented all day long, awarding him the Rider of the Battle award for the second year in a row, 15.000 Swedish Kroner and a huge box of Snickers. Congratulations guys for ruling and representing!