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The Oakley Arctic Challenge

The 10th annual Oakley Arctic Challenge, or TAC as its known throughout the Snowboarding world, is coming up soon, the event kicks off with the quaterpipe contest on New Years Day.

Starting out as a small pilot project back in 1999, TAC has continuously grown over the last ten years and is now established as one of the greatest snowboard events in the world, gathering some of the best riders in the world for competition. One week totally dedicated to the riders. Snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing for fun in the stunning arctic surroundings.

It is the only Ticket to Ride (TTR) 6 star event owned by a world record holding professional rider. Ten years after the first riders where invited to Norway by Terje Haakonsen, TAC still experiments with formats, arenas, judging systems and TV production in an everlasting search for perfection. Accepting no compromise throughout his whole career, Terje still makes life hard for his crew by pushing the limits of possibility in a snowboard event.

Oakley Arctic Challenge

In 1999 Terje, Norwegian snowboarder Daniel Franck and Oakley invited 12 riders to Lofoten, Norway, to test out a new concept for snowboard contests: The Arctic Challenge, an undisputed pillar in the history of snowboard progression. With no competition and no media pressure, the riders all checked out the halfpipe, surf and freeriding arenas.

In 2000 the first TAC competition and full-fledged event in Lofoten was unforgettable, with halfpipe, quaterpipe, surf, skate and freeride events that made it legendary. Every year since, the competition has got bigger, stronger and the after parties even more renowned. Resulting in many world records for various riders, including event owner Terje for his 9.8 meter air in 2007.

The first ten confirmed riders for 2010 have been announced, these ten are some of the best all-around snowboarders in the world hailing from Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the US: Andreas Ygre Wiig, Torstein Horgmo, Mikkel Bang, Eero Ettala, Antti Autti, Peetu Piiroinen, Charles Reid, Sebastiant Toutant, Jake Blauvelt and Chas Guldemond.

In the coming months TAC will be announcing another 14 top pro-riders to the list of competitors on their website, additionally, 16 final spots are open for amateur riders who wish to test their skills on the slopes.

Bring on TAC 2010, we're looking forward to another successful competition!