The Burton Global Open Series presented by Motorola announced top riders planning to attend the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open 2007 Snowboarding Championships, taking place from February 20-25th, 2007 at ALTS-Bandai Resort in Fukushima, Japan. Four Olympic gold medalists, including Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark and Ross Powers, plan to compete for top superpipe and/or slopestyle results to count towards the $100,000 Burton Global Open Series Championship title.
“The Nippon Open is always a great contest because of how unique it is,” says Burton Global Team rider and 2006 Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. “Being in Japan, with fans screaming and so stoked to see you – it makes the contest special. Plus, it will be nice to compete for the $100,000 Open Championship.”
“I love going over to Japan to eat sushi and miso soup before and after the Nippon Open,” says Burton Global Team rider and 2006 Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter. “These days, I’m giving all of my contest winnings to charity, so if I do well at the Global Opens and win the $100,000 championship, it’s all going to World Vision.”
The Nippon Open is Japan’s most anticipated annual snowboard event with slopestyle finals on Saturday, February 24 and superpipe finals on Sunday, February 25. Now in its 14th year, the Nippon Open attracts thousands of spectators to experience some of the most progressive and competitive snowboarding in the world. Riders who compete in the slopestyle and/or superpipe competitions will earn points towards the men’s and women’s Burton Global Open Series Championship titles each worth $100,000, the largest single payout in snowboard contest history. Slopestyle and halfpipe winners will also receive complimentary airfare and accommodations for the US Open, the next event in the Burton Global Open Series.
Hundreds of international amateur and pro riders are expected to attend the upcoming Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open including top pros like Japanese riders Kazuhiro Kokubo, Takaharu Nakai and Shota Suzuki, Canadian Natasza Zurek and American riders Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark, Ross Powers, Danny Davis and Mason Aguirre.
Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open 2007 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.