Burton European Open is ready

Wed 17 January 07

Its only a matter a days before it kicks off and most of the worlds best male and female boarders have assembled in Laax

Burton European Open is ready

Burton European Open is ready ©

Burton European Open 2007 logothe Burton European Open 07, takes centre stage this coming week as an incredible 80% of the leading Mens TTR Top Ten Ranked riders, presented by Swatch get ready to ride the first scheduled contest, Slopestyle, and earn up to 1000 TTR Ranking Points in Laax, Switzerland, 20th-22nd January, 2007.

With a packed week of seriously superior snowboarding from 20th-27th January, 2007, the Burton European Open 07 ushers in the first set of male and female riders aiming to claim title victory, a share of the huge prize purse and an increase in their TTR Ranking status. With a grand line-up of many of the worlds best freestyle snowboarders competing in the slopestyle contest, the battle for riders in the continuation of the Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour 06/07 will make an immeasurable impact on the TTR Top Ten.

Current TTR Top Ten leader, Antti Autti (FIN), looks set to hold his TTR World Nr 1 position only if he achieves a podium slopestyle win. His sixth TTR result of the season, Autti could be overthrown by a win from either current TTR World Nr 3, Danny Davis (USA), or current TTR World Nr 4, Travis Rice (USA)  whose TTR statistical average is 1st at TTR SIX(6)STAR slopestyle events - if he doesnt finish in the top 23. If reigning TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion Mathieu Crepel (FRA), currently TTR World Nr 6, rides with his average TTR SIX(6)STAR result of 7th place, the odds look hot for Crepel to take the TTR World Nr 2 position. Markku Koski (FIN) also looks set to rise up in the ranks if he wins this, his first TTR slopestyle contest of the season, from current TTR World Nr 9 to TTR World Nr 5. First place would finally allow an entry into the TTR Top Ten for Olympic Gold Medalist, Shaun White (USA), with just three results on his TTR 0607 career record.

In the TTR Women's World Snowboard Tour, the absence of Jamie Anderson (USA) makes no difference to her standing as the current Womens TTR World Nr 1 enjoys an unshakeable lead, due to six TTR results, from her nearest rival TTR World Nr 2, Cheryl Maas (NED). Maas, reigning TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion will maintain her 2nd position with a win at slopestyle, though could well close the gap with Anderson through a halfpipe win later in the week. Both Hanna Beaman (USA) and Torah Bright (AUS) could easily enter the TTR Top Five with a title win, each averaging 3rd & 4th place respectively at their TTR SIX(6)STAR slopestyle results.

The slopestyle results set the tone for the next installment of 1000 TTR Ranking Points available at the Burton European Open 07 Halfpipe as the event continues its Mexican-themed, sombrero snowboard action with mid-week Juniors Jams ending with the awe-inspiring suspense of the mens and womens pipe contest, 25th-27th January, 2007.

For up-to-date results from the Burton European Open 07 check out TTR news during the week to witness the worlds best freestylers aiming to claim the TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion crown.

Burton European Open 07 Current Invited Riders MEN (Slopestyle (SS)/Halfpipe (HP) breakdown)

1/ Antti AUTTI (FIN) FLOW - SS
2/ Chris SOERMAN (SWE) BURTON - SS
3/ Christophe SCHMIDT (GER) SALOMON  HP
4/ Christian HALLER (SUI) BURTON - HP
5/ Danny DAVIS (USA) BURTON  SS
6/ Frederik KALBERMATTEN (SUI) burton  hp
7/ Gian SIMMEN (SUI) SANTACRUZ  HP
8/ Gigi RUEF (AUT) BURTON  SS
9/ Heikki SORSA (FIN) BURTON  SS
10/ Iker FERNANDEZ (SPA) BURTON  HP
11/ Janne KORPI (FIN) NITRO  SS/HP
12/ Kevin PEARCE (USA) BURTON  SS
13/ Markku Koski (FIN) QUIKSILVER  SS/HP
14/ Marko GRILC (SLO) BURTON  SS
15/ Markus KELLER (SUI) NITRO  SS/HP
16/ Mason AGUIRRE (USA) BURTON - SS
17/ Mathieu CREPEL (FRA) ROSSIGNOL  SS
18/ Mikkel BANG (NOR) BURTON  SS
19/ Peetu PIIROINEN (FIN) BURTON  SS/HP
20/ Risto MATTILA (FIN) FLOW  SS
21/ Sami SAARENPAA (FIN) BURTON  SS
22/ Shaun WHITE (USA) BURTON  SS
23/ Torstein HORGMO (NOR) ROME  SS/HP
24/ Travis RICE (USA) LIBTECH  SS
25/ Vinzenz LUEPS (GER) SCOTT  HP

Burton European Open 07 Current Invited Riders Women (Slopestyle (SS)/Halfpipe (HP) breakdown)

1/ Cheryl MAAS (NED) VOLCOM  SS/HP
2/ Claudia FLIRI (AUT) VOELKL  SS
3/ Hana BEAMAN (USA) RIDE  SS
4/ Jenny JONES (GBR) SALOMON  SS
5/ Natasza ZUREK (CAN) BURTON  SS
6/ Silvia MITTERMUELLER (GER) SANTA CRUZ  SS
7/ Torah BRIGHT (AUS) SALOMON  SS
8/ Sina CANDRIAN (SUI) BURTON  SS
9/ Ellery HOLLINGSWORTH (USA) BURTON  HP
10/ Meri PELTONEN (FIN) BURTON  SS
11/ Lesley MCKENNA (GBR) ROXY  HP

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Wed 17 January 07, Laax, Switzerland

webcast viewing live through www.lat34.com/beo on Saturday, January 27th

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BEO7 slopestyle qualification kicks off

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Sun 21 January 07, Laax, Switzerland

Saturday saw the slopestyle qualification which saw Brit riders Tyler Chorlton and James Thorne make it through to the semis

BEO7 Slopestyle cancelled in Laax

BEO7 Slopestyle cancelled in Laax

Tue 23 January 07, Laax, Switzerland

High winds and poor light up on the Vorab Glacier meant that the finals for the slopestyle have been unfortunately cancelled. The halfpipe comp is still on, and based lower down the mountain will hopefully ensure it runs.

BEO7 Junior Halfpipe Competition Results

BEO7 Junior Halfpipe Competition Results

Wed 24 January 07, Laax, Switzerland

Its gromit time at the Burton Open, but these guys show the future is not just bright but full on blinding.

Laax, Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “Excellent snowsure resort with a good long season. The slopes are great for freestylers and freeriders alike, as well as suiting beginners. The resort can be slack at opening lifts and the off-piste gets tracked out within hours of a dump.”

Burton European Open 2007

20-27 January 07

Its back at Laax, Switzerland again and drawing more than 500 riders to compete in halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines

TTR Tour Standings

Mens Big-Air Leaderboard
1. Parrot, Maxence (758.83)
2. Willett, Eric (709.12)
3. Hansen, Kim Rune (705.01)
4. Sandbech, Stale (662.18)
5. Ulsletten, Emil (621.71)
Mens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Gold, Taylor (933.33)
2. Hiraoka, Taku (803.21)
3. Zhang, Yiwei (795.95)
4. Bretz, Greg (741.47)
5. Ferguson, Ben (735.20)
Mens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. McMorris, Mark (919.97)
2. Sandbech, Stale (916.33)
3. Parrot, Maxence (866.13)
4. Toutant, Sebastien (841.00)
5. Guldemond, Chas (793.94)
Womens Halfpipe Leaderboard
1. Clark, Kelly (1000.00)
2. Kim, Chloe (827.92)
3. Gold, Arielle (825.41)
4. Farrington, Kaitlyn (794.33)
5. Okada, Rana (728.07)
Womens Slopestyle Leaderboard
1. Anderson, Jamie (933.33)
2. Pancochova, Sarka (845.16)
3. Rukajärvi, Enni (836.10)
4. Derungs, Isabel (816.28)
5. Prior, Christy (809.76)

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