Despite the fact that snowboarding is all about progression and reinventing itself every other minute history repeated itself this past weekend when Elias Elhardt (GER) and Enni Rukajärvi (FIN) won the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam, both of them for the the second time in a row. Read all about the haps of the event in this true gem of a report…
The Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam 2010 finals passed off with a remarkably high riding level. After a terrific qualification at the Horsefeathers Superpark Dachstein on Saturday, the gathered snowboarder-scene witnessed a fulminate spectacle on a perfect sunny Sunday. The final of the TTR4 star contest made the audience gasp until the last rider went for the huge kickers. For the second time in a row, the “Jamps” of the 8th Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam 2010 are Elias Elhardt (GER) leading the male and Enni Rukajaervi (FIN) the female ranking.
Sunday boasted with blue skies and almost summerlike temperatures on top of the Dachstein glacier. These conditions made it difficult for some riders though to get enough speed for the massive kickers at the beginning. However, most of them adjusted their riding accordingly to the conditions, leading to innovative and stylish air maneuvers on a very high level. The day started out with the semi-finals, where the qualified riders met the invited riders for the first time and showed that they can hold the pace of the big names.
Male category: Doubles, tens and happy faces
Among the men, the first 1080s and double backflips were already shown in the semi-finals and the qualifiers challenged the invited riders heavily. Above all the Finnish riders Ville Paumola and Roope Tonteri impressed the jugdes with some technical tricks. Invited rider Ville Uotila promised already during the qualifications day that his Finnish buddies will rough up the finals. And so they did! Ville Paumola boosted himself to the 2nd place by pulling off a Cab 5, a FS 10, BS 9 on the kickers and a FS 1 – 360 off at the wall ride. Only to be beaten by one man who stood again above all: Elias Elhardt. The sympathetic German left the mouths of the crowd wide open by showing a Cab 5, a BS 10 double cork and a FS 9 on the kickers, plus a Cab 1 rock 360 off at the wallride in his 2nd run! “I’m super stoked about sticking the double cork. I didn’t intend doing that trick until the last second. It wasn’t easy with the speed, so I was doing BS 7s all day just to calibrate the speed for the timing, and at my last run I just thought: now or never!”, says really happy Elias after his victory.
The girls geared up!
At the girls competition, two riders already raised all attention in the semi-finals: Aimee Fuller from the UK and last year’s winner Enni Rukajärvi from Finland. At the finals, Enni had the better run and took the victory with an amazing Cab 5, FS 3 and BS 5 in a row! After 2009, this is the second victory for the Finnish girl at the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam. “I just have a good feeling for the park I think. It’s just so much fun riding here!”, says Enni after her victory. Amazing was also the best-trick performance by Klaudia Metlova, who has hence won a trip to the famous Balicamp. She let the audience breathless after her perfect BS 5 Rodeo, which was outstanding for a girl, also considering the incredibly huge tables of up to 20 Meters.
A relaxing event for riders, friends and folks
The international significance of the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam is underlined by Enni, now taking the lead of the TTR World-Ranking with her great 1st place on the Dachstein glacier. Speaking of the whole event, the 8th edition of the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam kept what it promised and the overall mood within the rider field was very relaxed. Besides its international significance as a Swatch TTR 4 Star event, it is especially the familiar feeling which attracts the riders and which they fully enjoy when coming together here on the Dachstein at the beginning of the season. Kicking off the winter with your buddies, shredding all day long in a beautifully maintained park and having some awesome parties at night create the special atmosphere which marks the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam as such a distinct event within the international snowboarding scene.
Here is the final result, the top 6 riders, men:
|1||Elias Elhardt (GER)|
|2||Ville Paumola (FIN)|
|3||Tor Lundstrom (NOR)|
|4||Roope Tonteri (FIN)|
|5||Gjermund Braaten (NOR)|
|6||Christian Kroell (AUT)|
And also of course the top 3 ladies of the Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam 2010:
|1||Enni Rukajaervi (FIN)|
|2||Aimee Fuller (GBR)|
|3||Katarzyna Rusin (POL)|