Top riders are nailing down plans to gather in LAAX for the 12th annual Burton European Open (BEO), the second event of this season’s Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) and a 6 Star TTR event. Thanks to its progressive riding, exceptional prize purse, fun atmosphere and late-night entertainment, the BEO is a favorite event of pro and amateur riders alike, drawing impressive names from around the snowboard world.
Top riders have confirmed their attendance, including 2010 BEO winner Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), who won both the BGOS and TTR Championship titles last season. Two-time Olympian and 2010 US Open Halfpipe Champion Kazu Kokubo (JPN) plans to compete at the BEO, as well as 2009 Air & Style winner Marko Grilc (SLO). Stale Sandbech (NOR), Christian Haller (SUI), 2009 World Rookie Champion Roope Tonteri (FIN), 2010 freestyle.ch winner Gjermund Braaten (NOR) and Air & Style Rookie Winner Seppe Smits (BEL) all have confirmed their attendance.
On the women’s side, current BGOS and TTR Tour Champion and BEO 2010 Slopestyle Winner Enni Rukajärvi (FIN) is preparing for LAAX. Kelly Clark (USA), whose short list of competition accolades includes Olympic gold and bronze medals, three European Open titles and a record-breaking four US Open halfpipe titles, also plans to compete at the BEO. Olympic gold and silver medalist Hannah Teter (USA) just confirmed her attendance. And LAAX local Sina Candrian (SUI) as well as Norwegians Kjersti Buaas and Lisa Wiik are also among the top confirmed riders.
The online registration for the Burton European Open is still open until Nov. 28, 2010. If you haven’t registered yet, head to www.opensnowboarding.com now to secure your chance to ride with the world’s top snowboarders.
Burton European Open 2011 Program, January 8-15, 2011, LAAX, Switzerland:
Saturday, Jan. 8: Slopestyle Juniors (Qualification & Finals)
Sunday, Jan. 9: Halfpipe Juniors (Qualification & Finals), Slopestyle Pre-Qualification Men
Monday, Jan. 10: Halfpipe Pre-Qualification Men, Slopestyle Qualification Women
Tuesday, Jan. 11: Halfpipe Qualification Women & Men
Wednesday, Jan. 12: Slopestyle Men (Qualification & Semi-Finals)
Thursday, Jan. 13: Halfpipe Semi-Finals Men, Slopestyle Semi-Finals Women
Friday, Jan. 14, 2011: Slopestyle Finals Women & Men
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011: Halfpipe Semi-Finals Women,Halfpipe Finals Women & Men