TTR going Down Under

Anna Langer
Torstein Horgmo at the NZO 09 - photo: Phil Erickson
Torstein Horgmo at the NZO 09 - photo: Phil Erickson

While we’re still enjoying beergarding, flip flops, board shorts and girls in little clothing, the TTR is already moving up to the second stop of the next season again!

Because Winter is in full swing down in the Southern Hemisphere already and riders from around the globe are making the journey to Lake Wanaka, New Zealand for the 2010 Burton New Zealand Open, taking place August 10-14, 2010 at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

With a healthy prize purse worth $50,000 NZD and some major TTR Ranking points on the line, riders will be out in full force to get a jump on the 2010/11 season. Norwegian rider, Gjermund Braaten, is currently sitting in World No. 1 in the TTR rankings after a good finish at the first 5Star event of the season, the Billabong Ante Up. Hot on Braaten’s heels in the World Rankings is young Canadian ripper, Mark McMorris, currently in World No.2 and American contest machine, Chas Guldemond, who owns the World No. 3 position. Other top male riders that are scheduled to attend include Seppe Smits (BEL), Marko Grilc (SLO), Charles Reid (CAN), Jack Mitrani (USA), Louie Vito (USA) and Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN).

The women’s field of competitors is also looking strong for the 2010 NZ Open especially the line-up of slopestyle riders, which should make for some interesting competition. With two previous TTR World Champions, Jamie Anderson (USA), and Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), riding alongside slopestyle specialists Kjersti Buaas (NOR) and Sina Candrian (SUI), the ladies’ field is going to have to bring their A-game for a shot at a podium spot.

In addition to the 5Star New Zealand Open and the popular 4Star Stylewars competition in Australia, there are many rookie-level events happening this season in the Southern Hemisphere giving local riders a chance to compete for TTR ranking points. Among those events are the 3Star Dew Hut Jam on July 31st 2010 in Australia, the 3Star Billabong Bro Down on September 11th 2010 and the Mother Freestyle Series – Smith Session Slopestyle on August 14th 2010 in New Zealand.

All the action from the Burton New Zealand Open will be webcast live at Go211.com on August 13th and 14th (New Zealand time zones) and on August 12th and 13th (North American and European time zones).

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