The 4th Annual 2012 Burton Canadian Open presented by MINI (CANO) ended the week with Ryo Aono (JPN) and Queralt Castellet (ESP) winning the exciting halfpipe competition. The halfpipe finale took place this evening under the lights of WinSport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.
Queralt’s winning night was filled with firsts, “I am very excited to win tonight as this was my first time at the Canadian Open, my first time landing a Frontside 1080 and my first time winning at an Open,” said Queralt. “I feel really really good tonight.”
Queralt came out strong from the start with a Frontside 900, Backside 540 Mute, Frontside 540, Backside Air and Frontside 1080. US women dominated the rest of the podium with Gretchen Bleiler (USA) taking second with an impressive run that included a Crippler, Backside 540 Mute, Frontside 720 Tail, Cab 720 Indy and Frontside Tail. Following close behind was Ellery Hollingsworth (USA) with a Michealchuck, Frontside Stalefish, Backside 540 Mute, Frontside 720 and Cab 900.
Ryo Aono’s first place run proved that he is a force to be reckoned with as he took top podium at the New Zealand Open back in August, “I am so very happy right now to have won,” said Ryo. “I have been to Calgary before but this is my first Open here. It was great with so many people watching and giving off good vibes.”
Ryo Aono’s championship run impressed the crowds with a Cab 1080, Frontside 540, Backside 900 Tail, Frontside 1080 and Cab 720. In second was Markus Malin (FIN) with a Frontside Air, Backside 540 Mute, Frontside Double Cork 1080, Cab 720, Frontside 540 Melon and Backside 900. Rounding out the podium was Janne Korpi (FIN) with a Frontside Air, Backside 900 Mute, Frontside 1080 Tail, Cab 1080 Tail and Alley Oop Backside Rodeo 540 Nose.
All riders who competed in the Canadian Open halfpipe competition earned points towards both the TTR Halfpipe World Tour Ranking list and the TTR Overall World Tour Ranking list. With their wins tonight, Ryo Aono has advanced to World No. 1 in the TTR Halfpipe Tour Ranking for the men and Queralt Castellet has moved into World No. 1 in the Halfpipe Tour Ranking for the women.
Once again in the 2011-2012 season, MINI will be throwing down some serious cash and prizes to the most creative riders in the Burton Global Open Series. The CANO saw two halfpipe riders get incredibly creative during the finale. Janne Korpi took his trick to the next level winning the Creative Use of Space Award (CUOS) with an Alley Oop Backside Rodeo 540 Nose. For the women, Sarah Conrad (CAN) was awarded the CUOS with a Switch Alley Oop 720.
The 4th Annual 2012 Burton Canadian Open presented by MINI (CANO) finished on a very high note with Chas Guldemond (USA) and Jamie Anderson (USA) taking top podium spots in the slopestyle finals. Blessed with beautiful bluebird skies all week, the event’s finale was held at WinSport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.
Chas and Jamie both walked away $10,000 richer for their performance on the challenging slopestyle course.
Under sunny cloudless skies 16 men and 8 women demonstrated the dramatic progression of slopestyle riding in this new Olympic snowboarding discipline.
Chas Guldemond killed it in his second run with a Frontside Lipslide, Backside 180 to 360 Out, Half Cab 180 Backside 180, Switch Backside 900, Backside Double Cork 1080, Backside Rodeo 900 and a Cab 270 Backside Lipslide to Frontside Boardslide.
“This is a complete turnaround from last year. I felt really good and was really stoked on the event,” said Chas. “The weather was great and is the best I’ve ever experienced at a contest. This was an awesome contest and Burton took good care of us.”
Close on his heels was fellow American Justin Morgan with a Frontside Boardslide, Frontside 270 450 Out, Boardslide to Fakie, Swtich Backside 900, Frontside 1080, Double Backside Rodeo 900 and 360 in to Disaster 270 Out to Whole Jam to Frontflip. USA dominated the podium as third place winner was Brandon Reis with a Backside Lipslide, Backside 180 to Switch Nosepress 180 Out, Boardslide to Frontside Boardslide to Fakie Out, Swtich Frontside 720, Switch Backside 900, Backside 900 and Swtich Boardslide to Pole Jam Backside 360.
In the women’s competition, Jamie Anderson came back to win CANO for a second time with a solid run that included Boardslide, Tailslide 270 Out, Tailslide to Fakie, Switch Frontside 540, Backside 540, Swtich Backside 540 and Tail Grab to Backside 50-50 Backside 180 Out.
“Feels great to be back in Calgary this year. Weather is beautiful, it’s a fun course and I landed a good run as well as all my 5’s,” said Jamie.
Coming in second place behind Jamie was Swiss rider Sina Candrian who held it down with a Frontside 50-50 to Noseslide, Boardslide, 50-50 Frontside 180 Out, Switch Frontside 540, Backside 360, Frontside 720 and 50-50 to Frontside Lipslide. Rounding out the three was Stefi Luxton (NZL) with an impressive second run that included 50-50 Frontside 360 Out, Frontside Boardslide, 50-50 Frontside 180 Out, Swtich Frontside 540, Backside 360, Frontside 540 and Half Cab to Frontside Boardslide.
All BGOS events are part of the TTR World Snowboard Tour and every rider who competed at the Canadian Open has earned points towards the TTR World Tour Ranking lists. The most notable changes after today's competition in the TTR Rankings were on the women's side with Jamie Anderson moving into the World No. 1 position, Shelly Gotlieb in World No. 2 and Stefi Luxton now in World No. 3 in the TTR Slopestyle Tour Rankings.
Once again in the 2011-2012 season, MINI is throwing down some serious cash and prizes to the most creative riders in the Burton Global Open Series. During today’s slopestyle finals, top riders took creativity to an all time high with Jamie Anderson blowing the crowd away during her final victory run with a “Starksy and Hutch” over the MINI car feature. Chaz Guldemond continued to get his creative on with a 3 “Roofy” Stalefish that scored him the coveted CUOS award. Both first place finishers came up $2500 richer courtesy of MINI.
Men’s Slopestyle Finals Results
Name Nationality Sponsor Points
1 Chas Guldemond USA ROCKSTAR 89.60
2 Justin Morgan USA CLIFTON PARK 87.30
3 Brandon Reis USA FLOW 81.03
Women’s Slopestyle Finals Results
Name Nationality Sponsor Points
1 Jamie Anderson USA BILLABONG 88.68
2 Sina Candrian SUI FILMS 73.93
3 Stefi Luxton NZL RIDE 73.50