Megan Eileen McDonough photographs the first World Snowboarding Championships since 1999.
THE COMPETITION was broken up into three separate events: Slopesytle, Halfpipe, and Quarterpipe, the last of which only men competed in.
Iouri Podladtchikov (Switzerland) and Kelly Clark (USA) won the Halfpipe runs, while Chas Guldemond (USA) and Spencer O’Brien (Canada) were the top Slopestyle boarders. Winning the highly anticipated Quarterpipe event was Olivier Gittler from France.
The prize for Best Trick was awarded to Kim Rune Hansen, and Terje Håkonsen took Highest Air. Both boarders represented Norway in the competitions.
The highly anticipated Men's Quarterpipe
The sun begins to set just before the Men's Quarterpipe competition begins.
A chance encounter with the Prime Minister
Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says a friendly hello to his fellow snowboarding enthusiasts (I'm on the far right).
Hoping to land on two feet
The Men's Quarterpipe is known as a dangerous event, and many boarders do not complete the five rounds without a fall or rough landing.
Megan Eileen is the founder of Bohemian Trails, an online travel magazine covering global art, culture and off the beaten path destinations for the avant-garde traveler. She is also a freelance writer and social media specialist in the travel and lifestyle industries. Megan previously worked for a fashion agency in London and for an international record label in New York City, where she is currently based.