The 08/09 season of the Swatch TTR Tour will go down in history as the most progressive, thrill inducing snowboard championship yet. In what was a fiercely fought showdown, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) climbed up to overtake the No.1 World Ranking from Chas Guldemond (USA) and Kelly Clark (USA) who reached the top at the last 6Star event of the Tour. Both raised the crown in the end, but it was not without a series of challenges from the likes of Kevin Pearce (USA), Shaun White (USA), Kjersti Oestgaard-Buaas (NOR) and Jamie Anderson (USA). Prior to the later months of the season, riders were competing in the Southern Hemisphere leg of the Tour. The events which transpired Downunder were to shape the rest of the season and it is only a matter of months before it all kicks off again. With 2009/2010 being the Olympic year, the Southern Hemisphere events will be more important than ever as riders scramble get some practice in while earning crucial points before the busy competition times in February.