This past weekend Barcelona played host to the TTR general assembly as well as the Swatch Artrules Competition, where the winning designer of the skin of the 10/11 season TTR trophy was honoured.
The TTR’s general assembly’s discussions including a wrap up of last season as well as mapping out the future of the tour for next season. But perhaps the most important topic broached between the TTR and WSF was the creation of a World Championship which will see a male and female rider crowned World Champions every four years. The inaugural event will take place in Oslo in 2012.
Here is what the TTR said about it: “TTR Pro Snowboarding today announces the creation of the World Snowboarding Championships. A new world-class snowboarding event, the World Snowboarding Championships will be held every four years and will feature men’s and women’s halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines. The first event is planned for the 2011/2012 season and will create an environment for the best freestyle riders to compete for world snowboard champion titles in both halfpipe and slopestyle formats".
For the entire three days of the TTR general assembly a red tide of Estrella beer flowed through the streets of Barcelona and down the throats of the attendees of the TTR meeting. But the main party event of the assembly was the Swatch Artrules Competition, held in a corner of the square outside the museum of contemporary art where a game of SKATE of massive proportions unfolds day and night without respite.
Outside a heavy metal band played a set in an aluminium box until their oxygen ran out – art is a strange thing - while inside guests were introduced to Enni Rukajarvi and Peetu Piiroinen the reigning TTR champions as well as the new TTR trophy with its award winning paint job.
The winner of the Swatch Artrules Competition, a rather shy Swiss lass, seemed a little overwhelmed by the affair as well as her prize of a two week all expenses paid trip to the world expo in Shanghai. She beat a field of over a thousand entries with a design that can only be described as minimalist – the little snowboard figure had a single pair of red lips on the plinth and a couple of red details – art is subjective.
We will be telling you a lot more about the make up of next year’s TTR schedule, the new World Championships and interviewing Peetu and Enni in the September issue of Onboard, on sale on the 29th of August. Be sure not to miss it.