Burlington, VT—Confirmed dates and locations are listed below for the upcoming Burton Global Open Snowboarding Championships, the international event series that gives local, amateur and pro snowboarders an equal shot at a world class title. This season, the contest series will crown its first male and female Global Open Champions at the Burton US Open, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007.

Burton Global Open Snowboarding Championship Dates:

New Zealand Open
August 3-5, 2006
SnowPark, New Zealand

Australian Open
August 25-27, 2006
Falls Creek, Australia

European Open
January 20-27, 2007
Laax, Switzerland

Nippon Open
February 20-25, 2007
ALTS Bandai, Japan

US Open
March 12-18, 2007
Stratton, VT USA

“We’re expanding the Burton Global Open series to give more people the chance to witness some of the best snowboarding in the world, says Bryan Johnston, Vice President of Global Marketing at Burton. “Each of the Burton Opens will take it to the next level in terms of event execution, TV coverage and podcasting to give riders, spectators and viewers at home the best possible experience.

In addition to having a shot at the Global Open Champion title, the male and female winners of each Open competition will receive airfare and accommodations at the next contest in the Burton Open event series.

More details to come on all Open events as the dates draw nearer.

Media contacts:

North America
Dawn De La Fuente
(949) 789-1813
dawnd@burton.com

Europe
Birgit Gruber
43-512-230-212
birgitg@burton.com

Japan
Koji Ishihara
03-5738-2583
kishihara@burton.co.jp

New Zealand
Guy Alty
021-350-214
guy@higherground.co.nz

Australia
Paul Colby
+61.2.9935.9000
paulc@esa.com.au

The Open Snowboarding Championships are the pinnacle snowboarding events of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the Opens have grown from grassroots events to global spectacles attracting tens of thousands of spectators and riders from around the world. Since the beginning, the Opens have been driven by riders, for riders evolving with snowboarding and riders’ needs over the years. With events held in Europe, Japan, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding.