25/11/2011 | by Tom Copsey
Think you’re a badass? You’ve got till November 28th to register to compete at the 13th Burton European Open that’ll be hitting Laax again from January 7-14 2012. There are 460 open slots in pipe and slope so if you think you got the mojo, sign up and blow our minds as you Rick Kane that bad boy…
If you’re wondering if you’re up to it, check the highlights from the halfpipe and slopestyle from last winter’s BEO. Vader would call that “impressive.” Now here’s the info…
The Burton European Open, presented by MINI, is preparing for lift-off by inviting all snowboarders to register to compete at Europe’s most prestigious snowboard competition, which takes place from January 7th – 14th, 2012 in LAAX, Switzerland. Riders have until November 28th to register at www.opensnowboarding.com where 460 open slots in halfpipe and slopestyle are available. Now in its 13th year, the Burton European Open is legendary for its world-class riding and creative themes, which is ‘outer space’ for 2012.
At the BEO, snowboarders who make it through pre-qualifiers and qualifiers will have the chance to take home a piece of the $125,000 prize purse, in addition to valuable points towards the TTR and Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) ranking lists. Also at the BEO, riders will compete for the second generation of the Creative Use of Space Award, presented by MINI. This season’s Creative Use of Space (CUOS) Award once again draws on the MINI philosophy of utilizing space intelligently. Prize money for the Creative Use of Space Award will go to the male and female riders who throw down the most progressive tricks in the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at the BEO. In addition, the resort crew that builds the most creative CUOS slopestyle feature during the BGOS series will win $5,000.
One reason why riders around the world love to compete at the Burton European Open is because it is a truly open event where up-and-coming snowboarders have the chance to launch their careers into orbit. Established professional snowboarders like Roope Tonteri (FIN), Jamie Nicholls (UK), Stale Sandbech (NOR), Jan Scherrer (SUI), Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), Ilka Eemeli-Laari (FIN) and Gjermund Braaten (NOR) all rose to snowboard stardom thanks to the BEO, where they got their first break and made it onto the podium out of nowhere.
For junior riders up to 14 years old, the BEO is also one of the most exciting competitions in the world because they get to test their skills in a world-class slopestyle course and Europe’s only superpipe. Former BEO Junior competition winners include now grown-up pro snowboarders like Sina Candrian, Christian Haller,Iouri Podladtchikov (all SUI), as well as Mikkel Bang (NOR) and three-time TTR World Champion Peetu Piiroinen (FIN). As if all this wasn’t enough of a reason to compete at the BEO, the slopestyle course will be moved to a different location on Crap Sogn Gion mountain at Laax for the 2012 competition. The new course location will allow for more sun, new features and more creativity than ever before.
All snowboarders interested in competing at the BEO should register for this ‘out of this world’ snowboard event by November 28th, 2011 at www.opensnowboarding.com. And stay tuned for more updates from BEO’s ‘mission control’ as the event draws nearer. Over and out.