4. Arctic Challenge

Mike Brindley Mike Brindley

 

Torstein Horgmo at this year's Arctic Challenge.

Snowboarding legend Terje Haakonsen started The Arctic Challenge back in 1999, inviting a small selection of riders to join him out in Norway for the event. Unsurprisingly, over a decade later, the contest is one of the greatest snowboard events in the world. Not only has it maintained its independence, it has also kept updating itself while striving towards perfection.

Its reception is suitably great, with 7,000 spectators coming to the new location of Oslo. The newly renamed World Snowboarding Championship is a flagship in many ways. Having previously battled with a lack of sponsorship and crippling weather conditions, it is now able to advertise itself as a green event, while maintaining its status as the only rider owned 6 star WST event out there.

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