Terje Håkonsen

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Terje Håkonsen born October 11, 1974 in Vinje, Norway.

Ask any pro which peer they most respect and Terje will likely top their list. From revolutionary films such as Subjekt Haakonsen during the ’90s to six 1st-place rolls of Baker Banked Slalom duct tape and world’s highest air at the 2007 Arctic Challenge—the Sprocking Cat touts a riding resume that spans two decades. Titles and accolades aside, the deeper cause of this professional admiration is that no name is more synonymous with individual style than Terje’s.

Back when the IOC strong-armed itself into snowboarding, Terje boycotted the Olympics and instead co-created the Arctic Challenge as a rider-based alternative to corporate contests. When it was all box and rail, he designed the T6 for all-terrain mastery, then revolutionized powder riding by helping develop the Fish and Malolo. This past season he moved us forward again, evolving his ride into the even smoother T7 and dreaming up the SSK8-Cross World Championships. He also finessed sick lines from New Zealand and Japan to BC and Russia, but it is his two-decade influence that earned Terje welcome and esteem, at every stop on every trip, as the ambassador of style.


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Håkonsen (also sometimes spelled „Haakonsen“) dominated freestyle snowboarding in the 1990s winning the ISF World Championships in half-pipe three times in a row, in 1993, 1995 and 1997. He has also won 5 European championships in half-pipe (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997), the U.S. Open in half-pipe 3 times (1992, 1993, 1995), and the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom 6 times (1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004). He also won the Innsbruck Air & Style Contest in 1995. Håkonsen set the world record for highest ‚air‘ during the qualifying round of the Arctic Challenge in Oslo 2007 when he reached 9.8 meters out of the top of the quarterpipe with a backside 360.

Young Haakonsen on his first Burton Elite board 150cm.

He is the creator of an aerial snowboard maneuver named The Haakon Flip.  Beyond specific tricks, Terje’s fluid style, coupled with his ability to ride virtually any type of terrain are perhaps his biggest influences on the sport. While he laid down his foundation as a top rider in the halfpipe, Terje established his industry dominance in video parts showing his skill riding powder, big mountains and in „big air“ contests – the first iteration of today’s slopestyle competitions.

Subject Haakonsen  / most popular video made by Volcom

Håkonsen is also credited to have developed the T6, made out of a material named „Alumafly,“ an aluminium honeycomb construction and as a co-creator of the Burton Fish (a powder-specific board) and the Burton Malolo, a cross-breed between a freestyle and powder board. He starred in the documentary First Descent, along with five other exceptional snowboarders, including Shaun White, Hannah Teter and Travis Rice. Other films include The Haakonson Factor and Subjekt Haakonson by filmaker Dave Seoane. In 2007 Håkonsen created a documentary series called Terjes Sesongkort (Terje’s Season Pass) following him through a year of free riding, contests and his life as a professional snowboarder. The series featured other accomplished snowboarders such as Nicolas Müller, Shaun White, Mads Jonsson and Kevin Pearce. In 2005 Håkonsen was the first snowboarder to ride the 7601. Håkonsen has referred to the late snowboard legend Craig Kelly as his mentor.

When the snowboard halfpipe was introduced as an Olympic event in the 1998 Winter Olympics, Håkonsen boycotted the qualification. Håkonsen, and many other snowboarders, were displeased with the IOC, and particularly the fact that the IOC selected the FIS to handle the qualification instead of the snowboarders‘ own federation, ISF. Håkonsen, together with Daniel Franck, started The Arctic Challenge as a snowboard event where the riders would be in focus. The Arctic Challenge was first arranged in 2000 and has been arranged annually in different places in Norway since then. The Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour)evolved out of the system that was used to qualify for The Arctic Challenge. The winners of prestigious international snowboard competitions earned themselves a ticket to ride (TTR) at The Arctic Challenge. The Ticket to Ride World Snowboard Tour developed into the Snowboard World Ranking List crowning the World Tour Champions.[5] After The Arctic Challenge gained its 6Star TTR rating Håkonsen became the first professional rider to own an event with such a rating.

Legendary Haakon Air 1994

Terje Haakonsen on the cover of TransWorld SNOWboarding’s September 1995 issue.

The IOC executive board did not approve slopestyle for the Sochi 2014 Olympics at their meeting in Acapulco this week. They say the level of slopestyle riding as of October 2010 is not up to the required standards. IOC will await the development of the sport until the Ski Federation’s (FIS) Snowboard World Championships in 2011. The executive board has handed all powers to President Jacques Rogge to make the decision. Terje Haakonsen invites Jacques Rogge to his slopestyle event this winter to learn more about snowboarding and slopestyle.

This is from the DVD extras, in which we step into Terje’s shoes for a typical heli drop in AK. Left alone atop a sketchy ridge he chops off a cornice and prepares to drop down a tight and bumpy chute. Properly scary stuff.

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After many years Terje is still riding and develop a new technology and boards in Burton Snowboards Company.

After 20 years pushing limits in snowboarding Terje become on of the greatest snowboarder in the world.

Photography Jorn Tomter

Terje for Snowboarding8090.com

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Craig Kelly / 1 April 1966 – 20 January 2003

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Craig spent a lot of time at the Pac West ski area Hyak, WA in 1985-86. He used to come up on Mondays when the ski area was closed and would set up gates with some of the workers and run them using a snowmobile to get back and forth. The first snowboard contest held at Hyak (85-86 season)…he also won. It was done in conjunction with another founder of the sport, Bob Barci

He shocked the snowboard industry by walking away from multi-million dollar deals at the height of the snowboard craze to pursue his passion for „freeriding,“ at the time an unheard of strategy for a pro snowboarder. It was in the mountains where Craig felt the happiest.

The distinctive fluid manner in which he rode was recognized and acclaimed in the snowboarding community. He was called a „style master“ by Snowboard Magazine editor Jon Foster. Kelly also appeared in an enormous number of video and photo shoots. He was known for looking straight at the camera, even in the midst of a difficult aerial manoeuvre. Craig was a Sims Snowboards team rider for a few years early in his career, but spent most of his life riding for Burton Snowboards owned by Jake Burton Carpenter.

Photo by Bud Fawcett

Burton Mystery Air. Craig Kelly Pro between 1990-1993

The Craig Kelly World Snowboard Camp was created to help kids improve their snowboarding skills. From 1988 to 1992 it was located in Whistler Blackcomb and operated by his former wife Kelly Jo Legaz.Craig was responsible for the design and development of the following Burton signature models: The Mystery Air, The Craig Kelly Air, The CK Slopestyle, The Cascade, and The Omen. Jake Burton is quoted as saying, “When I started listening to Craig that was when my company became successful and really took off.” He added, “… when the rest of the industry listened to Craig, that was when the sport really took off.”

He took 14 months off to travel from Alaska to Chile with his partner Savina and two friends for adventure, surfing and living. He returned from his journey with his new baby Olivia, as a „souvenir“ he said, from his trip.

Photo by Bud Fawcett

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He died on 20 January 2003 near Revelstoke, British ColumbiaCanada in an avalanche which trapped 8 people and killed 6 others. Kelly was studying to become a Certified Canadian Mountain Guide with two groups of backcountry adventurers organized by Selkirk Mountain Experience. The ski touring group was properly equipped and prepared for avalanches; the weekly bulletin warned of considerable risk in the area at the time.

Filmmaker Jacques Russo created „Let It Ride“ a documentary on Craig Kelly’s life as a tribute to his friend and subject of so many of his films: Smooth Groove, Board with The World, Scream of Consciousness, and Fear of A Flat Planet.

The method is the medium. Craig Kelly at Park West, Utah. PHOTO: Rod Walker

Let it Ride 1994

„There’s just a feeling you get from certain things you do in life that just kind of feel pure and independent of what’s actually, physically, going on. All of a sudden you have this feeling of clarity. Backcountry snowboarding has really done a lot to boost that feeling in me,“ he told MountainZone in 2000.
„What I do, my experience and what I do in snowboarding, is really pretty independent of (professional) snowboarding and the more independent it is, the more pure and better I feel about snowboarding.“

Let it Ride is a documentary about snowboarding legend Craig Kelly and his history in snowboarding, freestyle and big mountain riding.

Tex, Tom, and Craig in Alaska

Craig Kelly is my copilot…

Burton’s Craig Kelly Proto Facility

“Nothing beats snowboarding at a mountain that offers the right lines. Whether it’s hopping rocks, jumping cliffs, board-sliding the nearest strip of metal or wood, simply carving a nice bank or popping an air over a small knoll, freeriding is where it’s at. Whenever the conditions allow, my snowboarding objective is to use the mountain to its fullest potential.” –Craig Kelly

Terje and Mike Ranquet open the Craig’s lab P: Laura Austin

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Now, 8 years after Craig’s passing Burton Snowboards continues to grow their commitment to rider driven products, an initiative which above all other reasons prompted Craig to begin the relationship in 1989, with the opening of the Craig Kelly Proto Facility. Located adjacent to the Burton headquarters in So. Burlington, VT. This state of the art R&D lab includes all of the tooling and machinery to take virtually any board or binding from concept to rideable prototype in less than 24 hours. This includes everything from cores and sidecuts, to highbacks and heelcups. Even graphical tangents can be exploited within this space as high tech screening machines and laser printers spew forth the latest work ups.

Text: Pat Bridges, photo: Laura Austin

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