The Swatch TTR World Tour is running full steam ahead with the 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge right around the corner. The legendary event, taking place in Oslo, Norway, will feature a progressive slopestyle course for both men and women, starting off with qualifications on February 17th and featuring the finals on Saturday February 19th 2011. As always, the rider list is stacked full of talented riders who will be competing for a share of the $100,000 USD prize purse and a maximum of 1000 TTR World Ranking points. The male and female winners from The Oakley Arctic Challenge will also receive automatic qualification into next year's inaugural World Snowboarding Championships, which will go down next February, 2012 in Oslo.
While the results of this weekend's 6Star Nike 6.0 Air & Style will have a major influence on the current TTR Top 10, The Oakley Arctic Challenge is sure to see a determined performance from Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), who currently sits in World No. 1, and has his eyes on finishing in the top spot of the Swatch TTR World Rankings for the season. He will, however, need to deal with some heavy competition from young Canadian contest superstars, Sebastien Toutant and Mark McMorris, who are currently in World No. 5 and World No. 6, respectively and have been singled out by Peetu as some of his major threats in the race for the Swatch TTR World Tour Champion title. Mark recently took the coveted 6Star Billabong Air & Style Innsbruck title and Sebastien won the 6Star O'Neill Evolution slopestyle competition in January. The riders list also includes up-and-coming American rider, Eric Willett, and talented Belgian rider, Seppe Smits, who are both also sitting in the TTR Top 10.
American rider, Jamie Anderson, has paved her way with several victories to a promising lead in the TTR World Rankings, and will be attempting to bolster her points in order to secure a second TTR World Tour Champion Title.