Burton European Open Kicks Off with Men’s Slopestyle

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The Burton European Open got underway this weekend in Laax, Switzerland with the men’s slopestyle pre-qualification competition. Under sunny skies and springtime temperatures, 120 riders from all over the world competed for 40 spots in tomorrow’s men’s slopestyle semi-finals where they will compete against invited slopestyle superstars like Shaun White (USA), Travis Rice (USA), Antti Autti (FIN) and Mason Aguirre (USA).

Below is a complete list of male riders advancing to the BEO slopestyle semifinals:

From Heat 1:

Ulrik Badertscher, NOR

Henning Marthinsen, NOR

Matevz Pristavec, SLO

Antti-Juhani Piirainen, FIN

Jonas Carlson, SWE

Reinhard Rieser, AUT

Tyler Chorlton, GBR

Kim-Rune Hansen, NOR

Stephan Maurer, SUI

James Thorne, GBR

Even Brekke, NOR

Werner Stock, AUT

Simon Gruber, ITA

Cyrill Eidam, SUI

Bobby Witty, USA

Joose Viikuna, FIN

Nick Brown, NZE

Marc Swoboda, AUT

Domen Bizjak, SLO

Christian Weber, SUI

Paal Soerensen, NOR

Julien Haricot, FRA

Rudi Kröll, AUT

Thomas Franc, SUI

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From Heat 2:

Ville Uotila, FIN

Reto Kestenholz, SUI

Benedikt Nadig, SUI

Sergey Tarasov, RUS

Matti Kinnunen, FIN

Pekka Ruokanen, FIN

Ben Watts, USA

Fredrik Austbö, NOR

Johann Baisamy, FRA

Miikka Hast, FIN

Jah Daniel Harris, NZE

Victor De le Rue, FRA

Alessandro Boyens, GER

Iouri Podladtchikov, RUS

Mathieu Gerome, FRA

Christophe Reynders, BEL

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The Burton Global Open Series events are the pinnacle snowboarding events of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the Opens have grown from grassroots events to global spectacles attracting tens of thousands of spectators and riders from around the world. Since the beginning, the Opens have been driven by riders, for riders evolving with snowboarding and riders’ needs over the years. With events held in Europe, Japan, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe. For more information, visit www.opensnowboarding.com or www.motorola.com/burton

The Burton European Open is part of the Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour, the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world. TTR ranks riders based on their results at participating competitions and crowns a TTR World Champion at the US Open. For more information, visit www.ttrworldtour.com

Head to www.Lat34.com/beo to see live cybercasts of the BEO on January 27 from 12h00 – 14h15 Local Swiss Time.

Photographs courtesy of Marcel Lämmerhirt

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