In a joint effort to create a forum for slope desing, event format, scheduling, prize money, safety and rider services for the World Snowboarding Championships (WSC) 2012, WAS and the event organizers have created, an advisory group called the Snow Board. “The WAS mission is to grow the interest for snowboarding on a global scale,” says WAS Founder Chas Guldemond. “By making our sport better, more snowboarders can live the dream and become professionals. Having a say in this early stage of the WSC planning is great for us, and we hope more events get inspired by this.”
Working with the riders is crucial when developing an event. Establishing this partnership while we still have time to make changes and adapt to riders' needs, is pivotal. WAS will dedicate time and know-how to us and will get a better event in return, says WSC CEO Henning Andersen.
The World Snowboarding Championships is a partnership between TTR and World Snowboard Federation (WSF). The event is going down in Oslo February 10 to 19 next year, and is gathering the 240 best snowboarders in the world to battle for halfpipe and slopestyle championships titles. WSC holds a financial guarantee from the Municipality of Oslo and is organized by the seasoned crew behind The Arctic Challenge.
Quotes from WAS riders about the WSC:
"The World Snowboarding Championships is going to be an extremely important event for the sport of snowboarding. You know it is going to be an epic showing of snowboarding if they chose to put the WSC in place of an event like the Arctic Challenge for 2012. WSC is the future of snowboarding, they want to show the best snowboarding in the world, I am excited to be part of such an event!"
Chas Guldemond USA, founder of WAS.
"Taking home the WSC title, is my main goal for the 2011/12 season. It is the most prestigious snowboard event coming up, and I am proud to be part of it."
Peetu Piiroinen FIN, 3 times TTR World Tour Champion, current TTR no 1 and Olympic silver medalist
"I've been going to The Arctic Challenge for two years now, and it's a great event and a lifetime experience. When they put on the World Snowboarding Championships, it is the real deal. All the best riders will attend, so it will be hard to win. But that's the reason it will be the most prestigious
snowboard title next year".
Sage Kotsenburg USA
"Winning the WSC is my main objective for the next season. The WSC is the most important snowboarding event coming up, and it can take women snowboard progression to the next level".
Jamie Anderson USA, 2 times TTR World Tour Champion, current TTR no 1
"I'm excited about the World Snowboarding Championships in 2012, first of all because it's in Oslo, Norway, my home country. I'm also looking forward to the event because WSC wants to include and have the riders take part in structuring the event. This way the event can stay in line with what both the organizer (WSC) and the riders (WAS) believe is best for the sport of snowboarding and the athletes. Together we can help make the most progressive, fun and best snowboard event ever made!"
Kjersti Buaas NOR, consistently top 10 TTR world ranking, current no 3.