1. Burton US Open

Mike Brindley Mike Brindley

 

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As much hype as the Olympics will inevitably get this season, they really don’t come much bigger than this in terms of age and pedigree. The US Open was first held in 1982 at Suicide Six – a small ski area in Vermont, and was started by champion snurfer Paul Graves. And unlike the Olympics, it is still run by snowboarders, for snowboarders.

The Burton US Open in Vail, Colorado is also one of the few big comps that is still open to anyone. In the spirit of fair(ish) competition, it will host over 100 of the world’s best riders, including Shaun White, Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson and Iouri Podladtchikov. To be honest if you can compete with that line-up you’d probably get invited anyway…

From the 3rd-8th March 2014, the world’s best in Halfpipe and Slopestyle will compete in Vail for over $340,000 in cash prizes, that’s 65,000 Burton Customs worth of Benjamins…

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