In october the Norwegian SnowboardAwards 2007 took place in Oslo, Norway. The Award Show is a yearly happening for everyone in the big snowboard family in Norway. They are all there: the old guys from back in the day, the up and coming, the pro’s, the National Team, and snowboard clubs and their members from all over the country.

Everybody come togheter to celebrate themselves and each other, and especially those who performed better than everyone else last season. The main happening is the Award Show, with the celebratory party following it a close second. 11 prestigious awards were handed out. Among them were Best Rider, Best Volunteer Worker, Best Photo, and Best Film.

Helen Olafsen elected best rider of the year

Andreas Ygre Wiig won the award for Best Male Rider – not surprisingly considering his 2 gold medals in X-Games last season. The Best Female Rider was awarded Helene Olafsen, the young girl who kicks ass in Boarder Cross worldwide. Stand Out of the Year was Torstein Horgmo. Horgmo did the impossible last winter: he broke his back, he won a number of prestigious competitions, he got film parts and several magazine covers – A true Stand Out!

After all the winners were presented the whole crowd gathered on the dance floor to see the “(in)famous” band The Apache Dænsers. The band’s bizarre live show can not be explained in words, it has to be experienced first-hand. Amazingly, the lead singer in the band doubles as snowboard teacher at the Norwegian College of Elite Sport.

The producer of Up in the Sky, best film of the year

After the Award Show, everyone dived into a big night of celebration.

The winners were:
Rider of the Year: Andreas Ygre Wiig
Rider of the Year: Helene Olafsen
Stand Out of the Year: Torstein Horgmo
Rookie of the Year (male): Stian Sivertzen
Rookie of the Year (female): Silje Norendal
Best Photo: Espen Lystad
Best Film: Up in the Sky
Snowboard Club of the Year: Kongsberg IF, Snowboard
Best Volunteer: Theodor Olsen
Price of Honor: Jørn Torjussen og Steinar Arvesen

Torstein Horgmo as Stand Out of the Year

Photo by Hans Petter Hval