The 39 year-old Terje Haakonsen entered his first competition before many of his fellow riders were born. He made his debut at Stratton Mountain in the Burton US Open in 1990. Since then he has been one of the biggest names in snowboarding in the last two decades. He was the lord of snowboarding during the 90’s, with his fluid style and ability to ride almost all terrains. He won the ISF World Championships in half-pipe three times in a row, in 1993, 1995 and 1997.Not only that, but he had consecutive wins at the European championships in half-pipe in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1997; the US Open in half-pipe in 1992, 1993, 1995 and the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom in 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004. Not only did he win trophies, he also made famous the Haaken flip, after he set the world record for the highest air during the qualifying round of the Arctic Challenge in Oslo 2007. He has been instrumental in shaping snowboarding as a professional sport. He famously boycotted the 1998 Olympics (and continues to do so) and decided to create his own show, the prestigious Arctic Challenge. He was also key in the development of the TTR Snowboarding tour and has always sought to represent the riders rather then growing commercial interests in the sport.
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