The Burton US Open, was the last 6-Star event on the Tour and the Tour defining stop where the TTR Tour Champion was crowned. The US Open was chosen for this because it is an event that hosts the biggest gathering of the best riders in the world and it is one of the most respected snowboarding competitions worldwide.
The Ranking System of the Tour was designed to crown the TTR Tour Champions at the current Tour defining events, the Burton US Open for Men and Roxy Chicken Jam for Women. However, the TTR Tour is a true Rookie to Pro movement with events in the Northern hemisphere happening all winter long up until the end of April. These events after the US Open are especially valuable for riders in the Top 100 because their rank has an impact on incentives paid by sponsors or qualification criteria for next season events.
Although, several safeguards were put in place to ward against the possibility of a TTR points leader emerging after the Tour defining event, the TTR has always understood that there is very slight probability that a highly skilled rider, with only a handful of top results could potentially break into the Top 10 by competing in an event after the Tour defining event. Therefore it is possible for an outstanding rider like Shaun White, who only posted 5 of possible 6 season results after the US Open, to break into the TTR Top 5 and potentially become the rider with the greatest number of points. If Shaun White competes in Saas Fee and improves his final ranking, the TTR will honor his accomplishment as the 2007-2008 points leader and shall pay out the appropriate Swatch TTR Tour prize money according to his final placement after the last event of the season.
Kevin Pearce will remain the Swatch TTR World Tour Champion having earned first place in the rankings after his performance at the US Open and ending the season with 6 strong final results. Kevin is the TTR World Tour champion and will keep his paycheck.
The TTR is taking specific measures to ensure that this unlikely situation will not happen again anytime in the future.