Happy Birthday, BEO!


Shaun White on his way to second at last year’s BEO. Photo: Marcel Lämmerhirt.


Burton European Open Celebrates 10th Anniversary in 2009.

The days are growing shorter, and soon they will turn white. In January, they will be filled with confetti, streamers and candles as The Burton European Open (BEO) Snowboarding Championships, the fourth event of the Burton Global Open Series 08/09, will celebrate its birthday in LAAX, Switzerland from January 9-16, 2009.

Ever since it was born in 1998, the BEO has treated guests to world-class snowboarding competitions featuring creative themes like ‘Airlines’ and ‘Casino’, which are a part of every aspect of the event – from the slopestyle course features to the late-night parties. Guests of the 2009 BEO’s big birthday bash can expect many treats, including some of the season’s most exciting halfpipe and slopestyle competitions, legendary parties and maybe even an extra special party favor – an epic LAAX powder day. LAAX’s designers, shapers and managers will do their best to give the BEO the perfect birthday outfit for its big day.

Top riders, amateurs and youth riders from all over the world will battle for important BGOS championship points and 6Star TTR Ranking Points. Shaun White, Kevin Pearce, Nicolas Müller, Peetu Piiroinen, Jamie Anderson and Mikkel Bang plan to come celebrate with the BEO. In total, More than 400 riders will come to the birthday bash with big bags of tricks for the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions on Crap Sogn Gion at LAAX. Finalists will fight for the biggest piece of the US $125,000 prize-money cake.

The BEO kicks off with the junior competition on January 9 and 10, followed by the men’s and women’s slopestyle finals on January 15 and the halfpipe finals on January 16. And if you can’t make it to LAAX for the big BEO birthday celebration, you can watch all the action on Go211.com. For more information on the 10th Anniversary of the Burton European Open in LAAX, head to www.opensnowboarding.com.

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