10th Burton European Open Confirms Top Riders

Thu 18 December 08

Olympic gold medalist Shaun White will be joined by an armada of former BEO winners including Keir Dillon, Nicolas Müller, David Benedek. For the ladies Kelly Clark is joined by Jamie Anderson and the only invited Brit Jenny Jones

10th Burton European Open Confirms Top Riders

10th Burton European Open Confirms Top Riders ©

TTR 2008 Swatch logo

The 10th annual Burton European Open (BEO) is gearing up to be one of the season’s most exciting snowboard events as many of the world’s best riders get ready to compete in LAAX, Switzerland from Jan. 9-16, 2009. The third Burton Global Open Series event of this season and a 6Star Swatch TTR event, the BEO offers a prize purse of US $125,000 and two new Volvo XC 60s for the male and female overall winners.

All invited riders are confirmed and all open spots have been filled. Around 300 riders from 24 different countries – from amateurs to rookies to pros – registered online for a spot in the halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines. Riders from Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and even Israel are expected to join this year’s anniversary event.

BEO 08 Slopestyle finals
BEO 08 Slopestyle finals
Photo: ttrworldtour

All riders who make it through the qualification will have the chance to battle with the world’s top riders, among them last year’s Swatch TTR World Champion 07/08 and defending BEO Halfpipe Champion Kevin Pearce from the US. Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, who just won the Nissan X-Trail Jam in Tokyo last weekend, is defending his BEO 08 Slopestyle title and will be going after the BEO Halfpipe crown this year. Last year’s BGOS Champion Peetu Piiroinen will be one of the hottest candidates for a podium spot in both Halfpipe and Slopestyle, especially after his 2nd place finish in the Big Air competition at last weekend’s Nissan X-Trail Jam. Shaun, Kevin and Peetu will be joined by an armada of former BEO winners including Keir Dillon/USA, Nicolas Müller/SUI, David Benedek/GER, Heikki Sorsa/FIN, Mikkel Bang/NOR and Andy Finch/USA.

For the ladies, two-time BEO winner and Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark/USA will try to earn her third BEO victory. Kelly has gotten off to a strong start this season with a 3rd place finish in the New Zealand Open halfpipe event and a first place title at the season’s first Grand Prix at Copper Mountain last weekend. Also confirmed is reigning Swatch TTR World Champion 07/08 Jamie Anderson, who is currently in first place for the 2009 BGOS $100,000 title after three first place finishes at the New Zealand and Australia Opens in August.

If you can’t make it to Switzerland, watch the BEO semi-finals and finals live on Go211.com, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event is over.

For more information about this year’s BEO, check out www.opensnowboarding.com.

Event Schedule for the Burton European Open 2009:
Friday, Jan. 9: Slopestyle Juniors & KIDS PARTY
Saturday, Jan. 10: Halfpipe Juniors
Tuesday, Jan. 13: Slopestyle Semi-finals Women/Men; live in concert: STEREO TOTAL
Wednesday, Jan. 14: Halfpipe Semi-finals Women/Men
Thursday, Jan. 15: Slopestyle Finals Women/Men & BIRTHDAY BASH
Friday, Jan. 16: Halfpipe finals Women/Men; live in concert: THE STREETS

Contest Location: Laax, Crap Sogn Gion mountain (2200 m)
After Parties Location: Riders Palace

Confirmed Invited Riders List

MEN

Name
Surname
Sponsor
Nation
SS
HP
Jason
Dubois
Rossignol
CAN
SS
 
Charles
Reid
Burton
CAN
SS
 
Sebastien
Toutant
Nitro
CAN
SS
 
Antti
Autti
Flow
FIN
SS
HP
Janne
Korpi
KISSMARK
FIN
SS
HP
Markku
Koski
Stepchild
FIN
 
HP
Joel
Lahti
Flow
FIN
SS
 
Markus
Malin
Salomon
FIN
 
HP
Risto
Mattila
Drake
FIN
SS
HP
Peetu
Piiroinen
Burton
FIN
SS
HP
Sami
Saarenpää
Burton
FIN
SS
 
Heikki
Sorsa
Burton
FIN
SS
 
Ville
Uotila
Atomic
FIN
SS
 
Mathieu
Crepel
Quiksilver
FRA
SS
HP
Olivier
Gittler
Burton
FRA
 
HP
Arthur
Longo
Apo
FRA
 
HP
David
Benedek
Salomon
GER
SS
 
Manuel
Pietropoli
Burton
ITA
 
HP
Fredrik
Austbo
Quiksilver
NOR
 
HP
Mikkel
Bang
Burton
NOR
SS
 
Kim Andre
Eliassen
K2
NOR
SS
 
Per Iver
Grimsrud
Nitro
NOR
SS
 
Kim Rune
Hansen
Burton
NOR
SS
HP
Roger
Kleivdal
K2
NOR
 
HP
Ben
Stewart
Nitro
NZE
 
HP
Daniel
Friberg
Burton
SUI
 
HP
Stephan
Maurer
Burton
SUI
SS
 
Nicolas
Müller
Burton
SUI
 
HP
Iouri
Podladtchikov
Santa Cruz
SUI
SS
HP
Chris
Sörman
Burton
SWE
SS
 
Keir
Dillon
Burton
USA
 
HP
Andy
Finch
Palmer
USA
SS
HP
Tim
Humphreys
Flow
USA
SS
 
Jack
Mitrani
Burton
USA
 
HP
Pat
Moore
Forum
USA
SS
 
Kevin
Pearce
Burton
USA
SS
HP
Shaun
White
Burton
USA
SS
HP

Ladies

Name
Surname
Sponsor
Nation
SS
HP
Lisa
Filzmoser
Elan
AUT
SS
 
Claudia
Fliri
Völkl
AUT
SS
 
Spencer
O´Brien
Burton
CAN
SS
 
Marie France
Roy
Rome
CAN
SS
 
Meri
Peltonen
Protest
FIN
SS
 
Margot
Rozies
Roxy
FRA
SS
 
Jenny
Jones
Salomon
GBR
SS
 
Silvia
Mittermüller
Rome
GER
SS
 
Cheryl
Maas
Nitro
NED
SS
 
Kjersti
Buaas
Roxy
NOR
SS
HP
Linn
Haug
Burton
NOR
 
HP
Paulina
Ligocka
Roxy
POL
 
HP
Sina
Candrian
Burton
SUI
SS
HP
Manuela
Pesko
Ftwo
SUI
 
HP
Jamie
Anderson
Salomon
USA
SS
HP
Kelly
Clark
Burton
USA
 
HP

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