TTR World Snowboard Tour

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2002

The Ticket to Ride was established by Terje Haakonsen, key event organizers and brand representatives and aimed to become the most innovative and grass-roots tour connecting the most prestigious independent snowboard events worldwide.

2002/03 Season

The 2002/2003 tour was comprised of 9 events around the globe with the Arctic Challenge, founded by snowboard legend and TTR co-founder Terje Haakonsen, as the final stop. Each event leading up to the Arctic Challenge awarded one TTR Medallion to the top rider who also received an invite to compete at the Artic Challenge.

Events:

  • Nissan X-Trail Jam
  • Nokia Air & Style
  • O’Neill SB Jam
  • Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships
  • Champs Open
  • Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding
  • The Battle
  • Quiksilver Slopestyle Pro
  • US Open Snowboarding Championships

As the pinnacle of the TTR Tour, the Arctic Challenge also crowned the winner of the 2002/2003 TTR Pro Snowboarding Series. Until the introduction of the Women’s TTR Tour in 2005/06, no female riders competed on the TTR Tour.

2002/2003 TTR Champions:

2003/04 Season

In the 2003/2004 season, the TTR was comprised of the same nine events. The nine TTR medallion winners from these events received invites to the Arctic Challenge, which was once again the final event of the TTR series.

2003/2004 TTR Champions:

2004/05 Season

The 2004/2005 season was the last TTR season with only nine events and the Arctic Challenge as the final event. Big changes and expansion were on the horizon for the 2005/2006 season.

Due to bad weather conditions, two out of three TTR finals at the Arctic challenge had to be cancelled.

2004/2005 TTR Champions:

  • Slopestyle: cancelled
  • Quarterpipe: Markus Keller
  • Halfpipe: cancelled

2005/06 Season

The 05/06 season saw the introduction of the TTR Star Tier system (1 – 6Star levels) and TTR’s own Ranking System, as well as, the launch of the first TTR website (www.ttrworldtour.com) and the official Women’s Tour. The star tier event system allowed for more structure within the tour and opened room for more events to be included in the TTR system. With more events on the tour (67 events in total), the TTR continued establishing its credibility as a globally recognized independent snowboard Tour. The launch of the TTR World Ranking list on December 5th, 2005 resulted in the crowning of the first-ever TTR World Tour Champion at the US Open Snowboarding Championships.

6Star Events:

  • Nokia Air & Style Games
  • O’Neill SB Jam
  • Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships

5Star Events:

  • Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships
  • Nissan X-Trail Jam
  • Nescafe Champs Open
  • The Arctic Challenge

2005/2006 World Tour Champions:

2006/07 Season

In 06/07, 146 results were registered from 4 formats (Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Quarterpipe and Stadium Slopestyle) with 2981 riders from 35 Nations receiving end of season world ranking recognition.

6Star Events:

  • Nokia Air & Style Munich
  • Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships
  • Nissan X-Trail Jam
  • O’Neill Evolution
  • Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships
  • Roxy Chicken Jam Europe (women only)
  • Roxy Chicken Jam US (women only)

5Star Events:

  • Chevrolet Grand Prix
  • O’Neill Pro Freestyle
  • Crans Montana Champs Open presented by Rip Curl
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Nippon Open Snowboarding Championships
  • The Oakley Arctic Challenge
  • Ästhetiker Jam Wängl Tängl
  • World Superpipe Championships

The 06/07 season opened the floodgates for increased tour interest highlighted by an overflow of media inquiries, rider requests and event applications confirming the model’s success.

2006/2007 World Tour Champions:

2007/08 Season

The 07/08 season saw added incentive for riders with the introduction of TTR End Of Season Prize Purse worth $250,000.  In 07/08, 176 results were registered from 4 formats (Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Quarterpipe and Stadium Slopestyle) from events in 27 nations from 4 continents. The ongoing increase of riders participating each year reached another maximum in 07/08 with a total of 3417 riders (2706 men, 711 women) from 41 nations.

6Star Events:

  • Nokia Air & Style Munich
  • Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships
  • Nissan X-Trail Jam
  • O’Neill Evolution
  • The Oakley Arctic Challenge
  • Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships
  • Roxy Chicken Jam Europe (women only)
  • Roxy Chicken Jam US (women only)

5Star Events:

  • Chevrolet Grand Prix
  • Ästhetiker Jam Wängl Tängl
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Nippon Open Snowboarding Championships
  • World Superpipe Championships
  • Burton Abominable Snowjam
  • Burton New Zealand Open Snowboarding Championships
  • Billabong Air & Style
  • Honda Session at Vail

At the General Assembly in May 2008, measures were taken to further foster the progression of the Tour and, thus, the development of the sport of snowboarding itself. Among those were the introduction of the season-end bonus points system and the increase in number of determining results for a rider’s final ranking from an average of six to eight.

2007/2008 World Tour Champions:

2008/2009 Season

In November 2008, due to the cancellation of three 6Star events, the Air & Style in Munich, the Slopestyle at the Oakley Arctic Challenge in Oslo and The Session in Vail, the decision had to be made to reduce the number of determining results from eight to seven.  Despite the cancellation of three premiere events, the TTR had its most successful season to date with record number of participating riders and building recognition in the mainstream worldwide.  In 08/09, 187 results were registered in four formats.  Participation levels continued to increase with a total of 4,207 riders (822 women and 3385 men) from 25 different countries.

6Star Events:

  • Nissan X-Trail Jam
  • O’Neill Evolution
  • Roxy Chicken Jam Europe
  • Burton European Open
  • Billabong Air + Style Innsbruck
  • The Oakley Arctic Challenge
  • Burton US Open
  • Roxy Chicken Jam U

5Star Events:

  • Burton New Zealand Open
  • Burton Australian Open
  • Burton Canadian Open
  • Crans-Montana Champs Open
  • Red Bull Snowscrapers
  • Rock The Spot
  • Nissan X-Trail Asian Open
  • The Intelligent Design

2008/2009 World Tour Champions:

  • Men’s TTR World Tour Champion: Peetu Piironen (FIN) $50,000
  • Women’s TTR World Tour Champion: Kelly Clark (USA) $50,000

2009/2010

The 2009/2010 season was arguably the busiest year in freestyle snowboarding history with the regular TTR season operating alongside the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.  This is also the season when the game changed in halfpipe riding with many riders like Shaun White, Luke Mitrani and Louie Vito unveiling new double-cork tricks at the 2009 5Star Burton New Zealand Open.  While this new type of trick blew minds throughout the snowboard industry, it had other riders trying to play catch-up in the off-season on air-bags and foam pits in order to stay on top of the progression.  The 2009/10 season became a year of double-cork madness both in the pipe and on the slopestyle course.  Peetu Piiroinen once again put on an amazing performance throughout the season and took down his second back-to-back TTR World Tour Champion title along with a Silver Medal at the Vancouver Olympic Games.  And, Enni Rukajarvi came out of nowhere to officially make a name for herself.  She took down podiums around the world at women’s events and was awarded the women’s TTR World Tour Champion title.

6Star Events:

  • Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck
  • O’Neill Evolution
  • Roxy Chicken Jam Europe
  • Burton European Open
  • The Oakley Arctic Challenge
  • Burton US Open
  • Roxy Chicken Jam USA

5Star Events:

  • Burton New Zealand Open
  • Burn River Jump
  • Burton Canadian Open
  • Burton Asian Open (cancelled)

2009/2010 World Tour Champions:

2010/2011

The 2010/11 season was jammed packed full of action around the world with a starting point in Whistler in North America, taking a turn down to New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere season, made a stop in Beijing, China, headed to Europe for an intense run then ended up back in North America finishing up at the old faithful Burton US Open.  Many younger riders were on the come-up in the 2010/11 season and were dominating podiums everywhere they went.  Guys like Sebastien Toutant (CAN), Eric Willett (USA), Seppe Smits (BEL), Sage Kotsenburg (USA) and Mark McMorris (CAN) were showing up at every slopestyle and big air event they could and were going for broke landing technical mind-bending versions of double-cork tricks.  However, the jack-of-all-trades, Mr. Peetu Piiroinen, gave these guys a run for their money with podiums across the board in big air, slopestyle and halfpipe to take down his third-straight TTR World Tour Champion title of his career.  The women’s side of the tour was also nail-biter with Kelly Clark (USA) winning just about every single halfpipe competition she entered in the 2010/11 season.  But, she had to deal with the versatility of Jamie Anderson’s (USA) skills who is a master on the slopestyle course and also drop into the pipe.  Jamie finally clinched her second TTR World Tour Champion title of her career at the 6Star US Open.

6Star Events:

5Star Events:

  • Billabong Ante Up
  • Burton New Zealand Open
  • Nescafe CHAMPS Leysin
  • Burton Canadian Open
  • Burn River Jump
  • US Snowboarding Grand Prix

2010/2011 World Tour Champions:

  • Men’s TTR World Tour Champion: Peetu Piironen (FIN) $50,000 (third straight title-win)
  • Women’s TTR World Tour Champion: Jamie Anderson (USA)  $50,000 (second career title-win)

2011/2012

In TTR’s 10th anniversary season,  the absolute highlight were the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships (now World Championships of Snowboarding / WCS) held in Oslo Vinterpark, February 2012. In Halfpipe and Slopestyle disciplines World Champions were crowned: Kelly Clark (USA) and Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) were crowned World Champion Halfpipe and Spencer O’Brien (CAN) and Chas Guldemond (USA) World Champions Slopestyle. It was the first World Championships of Snowboarding organized by snowboarders since 1999.

The event was developed and owned by the Ticket To Ride (TTR) and World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and it’s first edition was organized by Snowboard-VM 2012 AS – A Norwegian organizing company owned by The Arctic Challenge, The Norwegian Snowboard Federation Oslo Vinterpark.

The WCS was also part of the TTR World Snowboard Tour as a 6Star event. The tour started in Whistler Canada in summer 2011, then embarking on the Southern Hemisphere and eventually kicking of winter in Asia with the first 6Star event of the season in December, Oakley Shaun White Air&Style in Beijing. In January it was time to go to Europe, but the tour saw many changes in the schedule due to weather. It became rather hard to qualify for the WCS in February, with the Burton European Open postponed to March.

Kelly Clark and Iouri Podladtchikov really stood out in the Halfpipe discipline, taking both the TTR World Tour Halfpipe Title and World Champion.

Jamie Anderson (USA) failed to grab the gold in Oslo, but became the Slopestyle Tour Champion and picked up her 3rd TTR Trophy at the Burton US Open in Stratton.

Sebastien Toutant (CAN) had a similar experience, grabbing his first TTR World Tour Slopestyle trophy, after losing the gold to Chas Guldemond in Oslo.

Stale Sandbech (NOR) and Cilka Sadar (SLO) were this season’s allrounders, performing steady in all disciplines, and taking the TTR World Tour Overall trophy home.

6Star Events:

  • Burton US Open, Stratton
  • Burton European Open, Laax
  • The World Snowboarding Championships, Oslo
  • Billabong Air & Style, Innsbruck
  • O’Neill Evolution, Davos
  • Oakley and Shaun White Air & Style, Beijing

5Star Events:

  • Billabong Ante Up Whistler
  • Burton New Zealand Open, Wanaka
  • BigAir Stuttgart
  • US Snowboarding Grand Prix, Copper
  • RedBull Nanshan Open, Nanshan
  • Burton Canadian Open, Calgary
  • Roxy Pro, Saalbach
  • Burn River Jump, Livigno
  • US Snowboarding Grand Prix Mammoth
  • Nescafe CHAMPS Leysin
  • Quiksilver Springbattle Flachauwinkl
  • The Shred Show, Whistler

2012/2013

In TTR’s 11th season,  the name of the Tour was changed into World Snowboard Tour to underline the global character of the largest Snowboard Tour on the planet. Adding the legendary X Games to the calendar was the definite highlight of the season and a next step towards a truly unified Tour consisting of the best events on the planet.

Kelly Clark (USA) and Ayumu Hirano (JAP), at only fifteen years old, really stood out in the Halfpipe discipline, taking the World Snowboard Tour Halfpipe Titles.

Canadian Mark McMorris dominated the Slopestyle courses and took his first World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle trophy home. Sarka Pancochova (CZE) took the Slopestyle title and as she performed strongly in the Halfpipe contests as well, she took the 2013 Overall title home too.

Sebastien Toutant (CAN) was able to add a Big Air Trophy to his collection, after having won the Slopestyle title last season.

Last but not least, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) was able to take his Overall Championship back from Stale Sandbech, claiming his 4th Overall World Tour Trophy.

6 Star Events:

  • Oakley and Shaun White Air & Style, Beijing
  • O’Neill Evolution, Davos
  • X Games, Aspen
  • Billabong Air&Style, Innsbruck
  • Burton European Open, Laax
  • Burton US Open, Vail
  • The Arctic Challenge, Oslo

5 Star Events:

  • Burn River Jump, Livigno
  • Spring Battle, Flachauwinkl
  • The Shred Show, Whistler
  • Burton High Fives, Wanaka
  • US Snowboarding Grand Prix, Copper
  • RedBull Nanshan Open, Nanshan
  • Stars of the Stadium, Lahti
  • US Snowboarding Grand Prix, Park City

2013/2014

Another action-packed season wrapped up and ready for the history books: It was a challenging season where the World Snowboard Tour operated without a main sponsor for the first time since its inception. This didn’t spoil the fun though: We were proud to add the X Games Big Air discipline to our calendar for the first time, and we still managed to award 7 Championship titles at the final event of the season, the Burton US Open presented by MINI in Vail – Colorado.

Kelly Clark and Jamie Anderson (USA) both took home their 4th trophy in the respective Halfpipe and Slopestyle disciplines; in addition to a bronze medal in this year’s Sochi Olympics for Kelly, and the first ever Slopestyle Gold was taken home by Jamie.

Canadian Maxence Parrot snatched his Big Air title with his brilliant performance at the X Games in Aspen, claiming his first ever World Snowboard Tour trophy.

Taku Hiraoka performed steadily in the Halfpipe this season and just managed to take the Halfpipe title with his 3rd place at the US Open.

Stale Sandbech was a contest machine this season, riding Slope and Pipe contests as if his life depended on it. His reward: A Silver medal in the first Slopestyle Olympics in Sochi and both the Slopestyle and Overall World Tour titles 2014.

13 years old Chloe Kim was the biggest surprise on Tour this season, as she became the youngest World Snowboard Tour Overall Champion so far. In both Halfpipe and Slopestyle contests she entered she showed great results as taking silver at the X Games Halfpipe contest in Aspen and 3rd place at the Burton US Open in Vail. Chloe beat competitors like last year’s Champion Sarka Pancochova  (CZE) and Enni Rukajärvi (FIN).

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