Last weekend, more than 100 riders from Finland gathered to the TTR Finnish Open, all the way up at Tahko.
Matti Kinnunen – photo:Tetsuo
Top names like Heikki Sorsa, Peetu Piiroinen, Matti Kinnunen and Risto Mattila pimped up the event with their appearance, ready to fight for the US$ 10,000 prize-purse!
But pouring rain and gusty winds forced the organizers of the TTR Finnish Open to move the qualification heats from Friday to Saturday. The weather got slightly better on Saturday – still very windy but good enough for an informal jibbing contest. The field was absolutely stacked as Scandinavia’s best jibbers were in attendance.
The course consisted of a rustic up-rail, some A-frame kind of log and a corner jump. A.R.C. rider Matti Kinnunen showed max creativity during the entire jam session and ended up on top of the podium.
On Sunday, the sky cleared up and the slopestyle contest got under way. The top ten result list comprised a pretty strong who’s who of snowboarding, with just a couple of the big names missing. Again, Matti took the top spot of the official slopestyle contest thanks to his huge and perfectly stuck BS rodeos. He also won the “highest air” category.
Coming in second place was Burton frontman Heikki Sorsa with a super-high BS 360 over the corner, winning the “Best Trick Award”.„I am really stoked to win this contest, looking at all these big names who showed up“, a happy Matti Kinnunen stated after the contest. “I have been working a lot on my new board model which will be coming out next autumn and constantly tried new tricks throughout the entire season. Looks like this combination worked out great so far.”