The Arctic Challenge 2014, Terje Haakonson’s vision of halfpipe riding

Freestyle snowboarding started with the first halfpipe at Lake Tahoe (USA) 30 years ago. For a long time, the halfpipe was the place for progression in snowboarding.


Nowadays, the format has stagnated though. Snowboard legend Terje Haakonsen and his team intend to change this now. At the 15th Arctic Challenge in Oslo (NOR) from March 12 to 15, 2014, they want to revolutionize halfpipe riding.


12 great and stylish riders are here to help shape the future of snowboarding. Confirmed pro riders are Olympic Halfpipe Champion, Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), Markus Keller (SUI), Arthur Longo (FRA), Danny Davis (USA), Jack Mitrani (USA), Benji Farrow (USA), Scotty Lago (USA), as well as young guns Gabe and Ben Ferguson (USA). Terje Haakonsen (NOR) will for sure also take part himself.


The concept is simple, but complex in a modern sports world: Athletes decides on arena and contest format. On Saturday (forecast: sun) a packed Oslo audience (hopefully) awaits action. The riders have three days to decide which format to perform in. The job is as obvious as difficult: Make a format that is cool for both the athletes and the spectators.