But, no matter how good your turns and flow looked, it all came down to time. And there was one dude who was faster than everyone else through the two runs of the day, and that was Arthur Longo. Arthur has been coming back from a wrist injury sustained at the start of the year and when watching him race down it appeared he was staying true to his word of ‘just chilling, taking it easy and having fun,’ but appearances can be deceptive as he smoked the field with the most rapid run of the afternoon. It also helped that through years riding the pipe he possesses some of the best edge control in the game, something a certain Terje Haakonsen can also claim as he snagged the second fastest time and the men’s Masters crown in the process.
Like the other banked slaloms that have mushroomed up in recent years, the RBS was about much more than simply posting the fastest time, though. Taking part, being there and hanging out with like-minded homies just enjoying snowboarding was what it was all about, so in our books everyone who made it up into the arctic circle was a winner. Thanks heaps to Anders Neuman at Transition Magazine, all the organisers, shapers and resort crew. It was most certainly awesome.
Junior Women – Jacky de Jong 1.35,41 1 – Netherlands
Junior Men – Ruben Rosenfors 1.13,248 – Sweden
Women Masters – Cecilia Larsen 1.19,308 – Sweden
Women – Irene Zimmermann 1.16,636 – Switzerland
Real Masters – David Ny 1.17,989 – Sweden
Masters – Terje Haakonsen 1.06,781 – Norway
Seniors – Arthur Longo 1.05,905 – France