The competition season in the Northern Hemisphere is gathering momentum and European riders will be converging on the Dachstein glacier in Schladming, Austria this weekend for the 4Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam. This will be the 8th year running for the Pleasure Jam, which has become many riders’ favorite early season event. Both men and women are gearing up to compete in slopestyle and will be going after the healthy $20,000 USD prize purse. The action will kick off on Friday, November 12th, 2010 and will wrap up with finals on Saturday, November 13th.
Kicking of the European Season at Dachstein
This year, a field of over 160 international riders from over 20 countries will compete at the Horsefeathers Superpark at Dachstein. A high-level of riding is expected with the current Swatch TTR Tour leader, Gjermund Braaten (NOR), in attendance looking to defend his pole position. Current World No. 7 and two-time World Rookie Fest winner, Roope Tonteri (FIN), will be showing off his solid slopestyle riding skills along with fellow rising stars, Kevin Backström (SWE) and Seppe Smits (BEL), who are sitting in World No. 9 and World No. 6, respectively. Swiss riders, Markus Keller and Stephan Maurer, will also be present and will be trying to improve their Top 50 positions after climbing the rankings last weekend with good results at the 4Star Nissan Stomp-It in Modena, Italy. Local Austrian rider and a familiar face at the Pleasure Jam, Werner Stock, is excited to get back in competition mode saying, "For me the Pleasure Jam is a fixed season opener. The park is always sick and the event is simply perfect."