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.
International Success at Burton NZ Open Slopestyle
It may have been a powder day in the rest of New Zealand but the attention was firmly focused on Snow Park NZ’s terrain for the slopestyle finals of the Burton NZ Open. With a field comprised of X-Games gold medalists, TTR leaders, and some of New Zealand’s best, the day promised some serious riding and it didn’t disappoint despite more testing weather conditions.
While the standard was high in both the men’s and the women’s, both winners were stand out in their field with Mikkel Bang (NOR) over 10 points clear of Charles Reid (CAN) and Jamie Anderson (USA) an incredible 24 points clear of her nearest rival, Cheryl Maas (NED).
In the women’s field head judge, Jason Grossi, said the results reflected Anderson’s outstanding riding ability. “Jamie dominated from the very beginning, from her amplitude to her spins. Her rail tricks were real clean and technical and she was riding stronger than some of the men including an alley-oop wallride on the final feature.”
It was also Anderson’s final run that achieved her highest score, starting off with a noseslide, frontside 180 nose bonk, Cab 5, backside 5, gap to tailslide, finishing with an alley-oop wallride. “The jumps were well built and the rails were fun,” she said. “If it had been sunny, it would have been perfect!”
Today’s results mean new top 10 TTR rankings. Jamie Anderson hangs onto her top spot while Cheryl Maas climbs three places to second and Sina Candrian rises three places to third.
The Burton NZ Open finishes tomorrow (Saturday) with the highlight event – the halfpipe finals. For further information and full results, visit www.opensnowboarding.com
For those unable to make to Snow Park NZ, watch the semi-finals and finals live on Go211.com, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event is over.
Slopestyle Finals – 2008 New Zealand Open – August 1, 2008
Women’s Final Scores
1. Anderson Jamie – 81.83 – 85.83 – 90.00
2. Maas Cheryl – 62.83 – 66.00 – 26.33
3. O’Brien Spencer – 65.33 – 62.00 – 60.17
4. Gotlieb Shelly – 62.17 – 41.83 – 45.50
5. Conaghan Callie – 56.00 – 55.50 – 50.83
6. Candrian Sina – 51.17 – 51.50 – 55.17
7. Hollingsworth Ellery – 54.50 – 53.83 – 38.33
8. Mizuki Naho – 53.00 – 23.00 – 48.33
Best Trick: Kelly Clark, USA – Backside 540
Highest Air: Kelly Clark, USA
Best Overall: Juliane Bray, NZE