When: Thu 1st of January 1970
Where: Ruka, Finland
In the mystic forest of Northern Finland, where the reindeer roam freely, the Ruka BatteryPark saw see an all girls ultimate showdown - the 3Star Oakley Girlsessions.
In its sixth year the event joined the Swatch TTR Tour to give the riders an opportunity to collect last minute ranking points. The crowd loved the sunshine and appreciated the high level of riding. The winner, Enni Rukajärvi (FIN) took home valuable 400 Swatch TTR points and $1000. Second place went to Heidi Paumola (FIN). Rounding up the Top 3 was Saana Pehkonen (FIN), with Agnieszka Rusin (POL) finishing in fourth.
The BatteryPark was perfectly shaped and provided a progressive playground for the girls with a double kicker line and diverse rail sections. The international riders were impressed by the park and enjoyed the exotic experience, “It’s easily one of the best parks I have ridden in Europe" says Agnieszka Rusin.
18-year old Enni Rukajärvi was stoked to win on home terrain and was especially content about the TTR ranking points. “Bringing a TTR event here is great for all Finnish girls, there are not too many opportunities here at this level. It really gives the riders a chance to develop" she says.
Local Enni threw down some solid runs early on and went through to the finals as the top qualifier with her second run: a switch BS 180 indy to BS 540 indy to cab 360 FS grab on the jumps, followed by a rail section where she stomped a cab 180 on 180 off the butter box and switch boardslide on the kink box. Rookie talent at its best, she has been bagging in some great results this season such as 3rd place at the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam and winning the 2Star Finnish Snowboarding Championships the week before. This girl stomps her tricks and rides like a goddess. Her winning run was a (huge) cab540 mute to BS 540 indy to switch BS 360 and cab 180 on 180 off to switch 50-50.
Heidi Paumola earned the second spot on the podium with a BS 360 tailgrab, FS 720 indy, method air and a stylish 180 on 180 off the butterbox and a gap to FS boardslide on the kink box. Saana Pehkonen, who came in third place with a cab180 method to BS 360 followed by a FS 180 on the last jump to 270 on 270 off the box and a FS boardslide on the last obstacle.
“There was a really amazing level at the event today. I have not seen this level of female riding in Finland before", commented head judge Satu Järvelä (former pro-rider).
The four day long event brought together all levels of girl freestyle enthusiast and included a fun fancy dress team event, coaching and a ski competition. Culminating into the 3Star TTR Slopestyle competition this is an event not to be missed, so make sure you book your flights ready for next year’s event. And check out the video and photos on tyttosessarit.com.