FIRST MAJOR EVENT ON THE 2009/2010 SWATCH TTR WORLD TOUR
Burton New Zealand Open Provides Early Season Opportunity for Riders to earn TTR Points

Cardrona, New Zealand – August 5th, 2009: The 2009/2010 Swatch TTR World Tour is officially underway with the first major event of the Southern Hemisphere leg taking place next week.  The 5Star Burton New Zealand Open kicks off at Cardrona Alpine Resort on Tuesday, August 11th 2009 where riders will be greeted with a 22-foot pipe and a world-class slopestyle course giving competitors two opportunities to lock in a 2009/2010 Swatch TTR Ranking result.

The Burton New Zealand Open has served as the major TTR Tour kick-off event for the past four years and is a perfect opportunity for riders to get a jumpstart heading into the Northern Hemisphere winter.   With 850 Swatch TTR Ranking points and a $50,000 prize purse up for the taking, riders from around the globe will be looking to secure a piece.

2008/2009 Swatch TTR World Champion, Peetu Piroinen, recently confirmed his attendance at the event and will be defending his World No. 1 position from the likes of World No. 2 Chas Guldemond (USA), World No. 3 Antti Autti (FIN) and World No. 6 Charles Reid (CAN). The tight-knight Frends crew, all of which are ranked in the Top 30 on the TTR Tour, will also be upping the ante at this year’s New Zealand Open with Danny Davis, Luke Mitrani, Jack Mitrani and Mason Aguirre all slated to make an appearance.

The women’s side of the competition field is stacked with some heavy Swatch TTR Tour competitors including 2008/2009 TTR World Champion and current World No. 1 Kelly Clark (USA) who will definitely be a standout in the 22-foot pipe.  Current World No. 3, Jamie Anderson (USA), is back at the New Zealand Open looking to clinch her second-consecutive Slopestyle title.  Norwegian rider and current World No. 2, Lisa Wiik, turned some heads last season on the tour and is sure to be a force at the event.  European Top 10 TTR riders, Silvia Mittermueller (GER) and Sarka Pancochova (CZE) are all due to be present in New Zealand making for some strong competition.

The Burton New Zealand halfpipe finals will take place on Friday, August 14th and slopestyle finals on Saturday, August 15th 2009. All semi-finals and finals action will be broadcasted on Go211.com via webcast.  And, be sure to  check ttrworldtour.com for videos from the event and the latest standings on the Swatch TTR Tour.

After the Burton New Zealand Open wraps up, the Southern Hemisphere leg of the Swatch TTR will continue in Australia with the 4Star Stylewars and the 3Star Boost Mobile Sno Sho.  The Tour will return to New Zealand for the 3Star Billabong BroDown before turning to the Northern Hemisphere, which is only a short time away.

Top 10 Season 09/10 TTR World Snowboard Rankings  as of 07.02.2009

MEN
Rank
Name
Nation
Results
Points
1
Piiroinen, Peetu
FIN
1
156.76
2
Guldemond, Chas
USA
1
145.64
3
Autti, Antti
FIN
1
139.04
4
Pearce, Kevin
USA
1
134.94
5
Mattila, Risto
FIN
1
130.49
6
Reid, Charles
CAN
1
129.13
7
White, Shaun
USA
1
128.29
8
Malin, Markus
FIN
1
125.83
9
Toutant, Sebastien
CAN
1
122.13
10
Aguirre, Mason
USA
1
122.04

WOMEN
1
Clark, Kelly
USA
1
145.03
2
Wiik, Lisa
NOR
1
138.27
3
Anderson, Jamie
USA
1
136.89
4
Maas, Cheryl
NED
1
132.43
5
Oestgaard Buaas, Kjersti
NOR
1
131.77
6
Mittermueller, Silvia
GER
1
131.33
7
Candrian, Sina
SUI
1
124.48
8
Pancochova, Sarka
CZE
1
119.16
9
Sladics, Chanelle
USA
1
117.37
10
Hollingsworth, Ellery
USA
1
111.64

ABOUT SWATCH TTR:
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, the Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour is a non-profit, rider-driven organization with the mission “to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world, using authenticity, accessibility, innovation as guiding principles”. Since its foundation, the Swatch TTR Tour has been developing into the most exposed snowboard tour worldwide featuring global grass root and key independent freestyle snowboarding events over a ten-month period from Southern to Northern Hemisphere locations. Events are rated via a 1-through-6Star system, with points allocated accordingly, a 6Star event holds the highest (100 points). Any rider participating in these events, from up-and-coming to professional talent, earns ranking points and a position on the Swatch TTR World Ranking List. The top male and female rider based on an average of their best six results of the season (5+1 system) is crowned Swatch TTR World Snowboard Champion. For more information visit www.ttrworldtour.com