Countdown to the Third Annual Burton Canadian Open

Tom Copsey Tom Copsey

With less than a week to go, the countdown has begun for the Burton Canadian Open Snowboarding Championships, presented by MINI. The 2011 Canadian Open will take place from February 1 – 6, 2011 at WinSport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park (COP) in Calgary, Alberta. The third stop on the 2010/2011 Burton Global Open Series and a SWATCH TTR 5Star event, the Canadian Open will include slopestyle and halfpipe competitions, offering riders the chance to earn a piece of the $50,000 USD prize purse and gain valuable points towards Burton Global Open Series championship titles and the Swatch Ticket To Ride World Tour championship titles.

New this year at the Canadian Open, car manufacturer MINI will be onsite as the presenting sponsor of the Burton Global Open Series (BGOS). Along with a variety of other onsite activities like MINI test drives, MINI will provide athlete and VIP shuttle services at the Canadian Open in the new MINI Countryman. In addition, MINI created a new rider’s award that’s in line with the carmaker’s ‘Creative Use of Space’ philosophy. The Creative Use of Space Award is worth a total of 50,000 US dollars and will be shared by the best male and female rider who have shown creativity and progression throughout the BGOS series. Everyone is encouraged to vote for the rider that embodies the Creative Use of Space Award at www.facebook.com/MINI under the Burton tab.

All events at the Canadian Open are free and open to the public, starting with the first competitions on Tuesday, February 1, which include men’s and women’s halfpipe qualifications. Wednesday, February 2 will see men’s and women’s slopestyle qualifiers. Thursday, February 3 will feature men’s and women’s halfpipe semi-finals followed by men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals on Friday, February 4. All eyes will be on the halfpipe on Friday night for men’s and women’s halfpipe finals with DJs JS1 and Ody Rock spinning during the event. After the Friday night awards ceremony, renowned DJ Mix Master Mike will headline. Also on Friday night, local favorite characters Terry and Dean from the Cult film ‘Fubar’ will officially host the beer tent onsite. The Canadian Open will wrap up on the slopestyle course on Saturday, February 6th for men’s and women’s slopestyle finals.

An overall male and female Burton Global Open Series Champion will be crowned at the final event, the US Open Snowboarding Championships held in Stratton, Vermont in March. The 2010/2011 BGOS Champions will each take home $50,000 cash and a new MINI Countryman. In addition, male and female riders who come in second place in the overall BGOS standings will each earn $30,000, and riders in third place will take home $20,000 each.

If you can’t make it to Canada, watch the semi-finals and finals live on Metacafe.com and www.burton.com on February 4th and 5th, where webcasts and replays of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event is over. The 2011 Canadian Open halfpipe and slopestyle action can also be seen on TSN2 on Sunday, February 20 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

If you’re coming to Calgary, please visit www.opensnowboarding.com

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