A number of top snowboarders could be found at the Burton New Zealand Open held this week. As the first event on the annual Burton Global Open Series, the NZ Open is the competitors’ first chance to make a play for the 2009 championship title worth $100,000 – the largest single payout in competitive snowboarding today.
Eighteen year old Jamie Anderson, without a doubt one of the most talented female snowboarders in the world, dominated the competition Friday to take the top spot on the podium in the Slopestyle finals. Cheryl Mass was a distant second with a 66.00 and Spencer O’Brien was third with a 65.33.
There was also a Quarterpipe Jam held, with hometown hero Juliane Bray winning for the women. Kelly Clark took highest air and best trick honors.
Keep reading for a full breakdown of the day’s action and visit the official site.