Burton Open 2009/10 dates announced

Thu 16 April 09

The places are the same for the 2009/10 season, but the Australian open has now merged with the New Zealand open, and they've called it the um ... New Zealand Open

The Burton Global Open Series announced dates for its 2009/2010 international snowboard competition series, which will kick off in New Zealand this summer. Below are dates and locations for all 2009/2010 Burton Global Open Series events.

New Zealand Open August 11-15, 2009 Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand
European Open January 9-16, 2010 Laax, Switzerland
Canadian Open February 2-7, 2010 Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, Alberta
Asian Open March 2-7, 2010 ALTS Bandai, Japan
US Open March 16-21, 2010 Stratton Mountain Resort, USA

Instead of having two events down under in 2009, Burton has decided to combine the Australian Open and the New Zealand Open into one premier Southern Hemisphere event taking place in New Zealand.

BEO09 Halfpipe qualification rider: Ilkka-Eemeli Laari
BEO09 Halfpipe qualification rider: Ilkka-Eemeli Laari
Photo: Lämmerhirt

“Heading into a busy Olympic year, we’ve decided to reduce the number of events to free up some room in the global events calendar,” said Liam Griffin, Global Events Director for Burton. “We’re totally committed to the riders who support the series, and are trying to make it easier for everybody to hit all the different events they need to this coming season.”

With events scheduled year-round and in five countries, the Burton Global Open Series boasts the most lucrative cumulative prize purse in snowboarding. All five Burton Global Open Series events offer riders the chance to earn points towards male and female championship titles, which are awarded at the US Open in Stratton, Vermont.

The Burton Global Open Series is also part of the Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour, the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world. The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champions are crowned at the end of the season.

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