The 2006/2007 Burton Global Open Series presented by Motorola will award the largest single title payout in snowboarding history - $100,000 cash to both the female and male Global Open Champions. The series champion will be crowned at the US Open, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in March, 2007.
To win the championship title, snowboarders will earn points based on their standings in the halfpipe and/or slopestyle competitions at each of the scheduled Open contests. The male and female rider with the most points from their top five results will each win $100,000 cash.
Currently, Ellery Hollingsworth and Mason Aguirre are in first place for the championship title based on their results from the 2006 New Zealand Open, which offered riders the chance to earn a maximum of 12,000 points. Riders will have the opportunity to earn two results at each Open, one in halfpipe and one in slopestyle. Competitors can earn a maximum of 16,000 points at the upcoming European Open in Laax, Switzerland, 16,000 points at the 2007 Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open held in ALTS Bandai, Japan and 20,000 points at the 2007 US Open in Stratton, Vermont, USA.
Each Global Open Series contest is assigned a level that dictates how many points riders receive for first through tenth place in both the halfpipe and slopestyle events. The US Open is a level 5 event, the European and Nippon Opens are level 4 events and the New Zealand and Australian Opens are level 3 events. A first place finish in halfpipe or slopestyle at the US Open is worth 10,000 points, a first place finish at the European or Nippon Opens is worth 8,000 points and a first place finish at the New Zealand and Australian Opens is worth 6,000 points. The Global Open Champion will be determined by adding all of the points from a rider’s top five results from any of the Opens. The more Opens the riders compete in, the better their chances are to win the huge $100,000 title.
2006/2007 Burton Global Open Series dates and locations:
- New Zealand Open: August 3-5, 2006, Snowpark, New Zealand
- Australian Open: TBD, Falls Creek, Australia
- European Open: January 20-27, 2007, Laax, Switzerland
- Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open: February 20-25, 2007, ALTS Bandai, Japan
- US Open: March 12-18, 2007, Stratton, VT USA
For more details on the Burton Global Open Series and the ranking system, visit www.opensnowboarding.com