Beijing, CHINA – This January 5th and 6th 19 riders from all corners of the globe will converge in the Nokia Nanshan Mellow Park for the only International snowboard competition on Chinese soil. Up for grabs is $25,000 US dollars, or 184,575 Chinese Yuan, as well as over 3000 combined TTR World Tour points.
“The 6th Red Bull Nanshan Open has a strong history behind it and not only does it give riders the chance to take part in the progression of Chinese snowboarding but also it's a trip of a lifetime", says Steve Zdarsky, CEO of Mellow Constructions and founder of the contest. “We try to give riders a cultural experience as well as a chance to see that Chinese snowboarding deserves to be on the global radar, which is our main reason for including local riders in the roster".
Three snowboarders will prove themselves in the qualifying round on December 29th to advance to the finals. Riders must be of Chinese decent to be eligible for the main event and hopefuls include top locals riders Andrew Wilde (19, Quiksilver) and Wang Lei (30, Burton). The 16 invited International pros that represent over 10 countries in both hemispheres will include:
Atsushi Ishikawa, JAPAN - Quiksilver, Nitro
Freddy Austbo, NORWAY - Thirty-Two, Etnies
Jakob Wilhelmson, SWEDEN - Quiksilver, Lib Tech
Kalle Ohlson, SWEDEN - Vans, Bataleon
Marc Swoboda, AUSTRIA - Red Bull, Nitro
Andreas Monsberger, AUSTRIA - K2, Planet Earth
Patrik Huber, AUSTRIA -Nitro, Electric
Marco Smolla, GERMANY - Nitro, Oakley
Isao Seki, JAPAN - Quiksilver, Allian
Nick Gregory, AUSTRALIA - Red Bull, Billabong
Martin Cernik, CZECH REPUBLIC - Quiksilver, Lib Tech
Jake Koia, NEWZEALAND - Oakley, Endevavor
Peter Koenig, AUSTRIA - Forum, Special Blend
Morgan Le Faucheur, FRANCE - Burton, Volcom
Yuichi Onobu, JAPAN - Twelve, Dragon
Renzo “Tato" Chiala, ITALY - Burton, Analog
The 6th Red Bull Nanshan Open is sponsored in part by Quiksilver and will include live performances by National superstars including Reflector and DJ Wordy on the Gibson Stage. The event is free to spectators and will take place in the Nokia Nanshan Mellow Park in Nanshan Ski Resort near Beijing. TTR and Mellow Parks hopes to see you there!