Enni Rukajärvi was born in Kuusamo in Ruka, Finland. She started skiing at the age of six and soon got a feel for the mountain lifestyle. By the age of 10 she’d thrown her skis in the bin and very sensibly picked up a snowboard.
Enni studied at a specialist sports college and returned home to get rad snowboarding. By 2009, her skills were getting her noticed. That year she entered the Horsefeather Pleasure Jam and spun her way to first place on the podium.
All of a sudden she started winning competitions all over the shop and got snapped up by Burton and Red Bull. She becae the first ever rookie to win gold at the X games slopestyle in 2011 and that same year she won the Burton us Open. In 2012 she also medalled at the X Games and the Burton US and European opens. The same year she won the prestigious Rookie of the Year award at the Transworld rider’s poll awards and has continued to cement her place at the top of the female snowboarding game since.
She’s also won events at the FIS World Championships and the Finnish national Championships, but describes herself as a normal Finnish girl who just loves to shred. Her talent might have something to do with the five minute hot laps she get’s in at her local ski hill in Finland’s far north. If you can ride the bullet proof parks of Finland, you can ride pretty much anywhere with confidence.
In 2013 Enni won the slopestyle at the FIS World Cup in the Czech Republic and placed second overall in the TTR world tour rankings. At the X games in Tignes and Aspen she just missed out on the podium.