Park, pow and street slaying from one of the smoothest female riders in the game right here!
Back in autumn last year, Vimana Snowboards dropped their second team movie – Vimana TWO – and, as she did the previous year, Enni Rukajärvi had us hyped on not only the park riding for which she’s made her name, but also she showed that she’s not overawed when taking it to the streets. Now, the V-boys have re-edited her part and added in a a bunch of freeriding to the package, and the result is BANGING.
It perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise that this Finnish girl has it in her locker to produce such a well-rounded part. She announced herself to snowboarding back in 2010, sweeping in out of left field to win three big events – including the Burton European Open – and since then she’s been a regular on podiums thanks to her deep trick bag, ability to get busy on both jumps and rails, and – of course – that fluid style which has become her calling card.
But, as is the case for many female riders, the chance to step out of the contest circuit and concentrate equally on filming are few and far between, so while her contest career was flying we didn’t get much chance to see what she’s capable without the bib on. Until fairly recently.
Thankfully the Nine Queens helped show what girls can step up to with a great kicker, mellow vibe, session-feel and an absence of the constraints found in a regular contest environment. This helped inspire Spencer O’Brien pull together her epic Views from the 7th session (in which Enni played a strong role) and, most recently, since Enni joined Vimana she’s been finding time in between events to get involved in some more urban and powder sessions, and has straight slayed it! It was no doubt one of the reasons her peers voted her into third place in our European Rider of the Year awards last December.
All this without taking her foot off the gas when it comes to events (in slope she won last year’s Laax Open and took bronze at this year’s X Games, not to mention winning the first ever women’s Air&Style in 2017). Plus as this part drops Enni is holed up in Japan, riding pow with the Finnish team, before they all decamp to Korea for that five-ringed thingamyjig.
While we’d be hyped to see her do well in PyeongChang we’d be even more hyped to see her filming more because, on the basis of what we’ve seen from the past two Vimana movies, we think she’s only just began to scratch the surface of what she can achieve in this arena. Send it, Enni!