- The Arctic Challenge
The Arctic Challenge is a snowboarding contest arranged for and by the riders themselves. It was started by Norwegian professional snowboarders
Daniel Franckand Terje Haakonsen. The contest was established as an alternative to the former competitions that had become streamlined and run by schedules and directions from TV-coverage, major sponsors and other external forces. It formerly held the status as the final for the "Ticket to Ride Tour", and is held in Norwayannually - usually at a location north of the Arctic Circle.
2005the "TAC", as it is often referred to, moved to Osloand has been integrated into the TTR World Snowboard Tour at the FIVE(5)STAR level.
Due to its great success last season it has moved to the TTR SIX(6)STAR level, the highest status an event can hold on the World Tour, giving out 1000 TTR ranking points to the winner and $100,000 in total prize money. [http://www.ttrworldtour.com/561.0.html TAC TTR event bio]
At the Arctic Challenge 2007, the organizer and snowboard legend,
Terje Haakonsenbroke the highest air record in the quarterpipewith 9.8 m above the coping (top part of the obstacle), established by Heikki Sorsaat 9.3 m in 2001.
* [http://www.t-a-c.no/ The Arctic Challenge official website]
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