SYDNEY, Australia (August 20, 2008) – Some of the biggest names in international snowboarding are making their way down under to the Burton Australian Open Snowboarding Championships, which will take place from September 1-5, 2008 at Perisher Blue resort in Australia. Kevin Pearce, Jamie Anderson, Hannah Teter, Chas Guldemond, Mikkel Bang, Mason Aguirre, Danny Davis, Torstein Horgmo and Markus Malin are just a few of the top riders who plan to attend the event, which features men’s and women’s halfpipe and slopestyle competitions.

The Australian Open is the second event of this season’s Burton Global Open Series (BGOS), the world’s most prestigious series of global competitive snowboarding events playing out in six countries where the top male and female champions claim a title worth USD$100,000. The Australian Open is also a 5Star event on the 08/09 Swatch TTR World Tour, the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world.

Top riders planning to compete at the Burton Australian Open include Kevin Pearce (USA), the men’s 07/08 Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion. He is joined by Chas Guldemond (USA), the current TTR World No.1 who finished third in slopestyle at the New Zealand Open earlier this month and Mikkel Bang (NOR) who took first in the men’s slopestyle competition at the New Zealand Open. Also to compete are Charles Reid (CAN), who placed second in slopestyle at the New Zealand Open and Markus Malin (FIN), who finished second in halfpipe at the New Zealand Open.

The women’s field is equally strong with competitors such as Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter (USA) and women’s 07/08 Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion and back-to-back X-Games slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson (USA). Jamie currently leads both TTR and BGOS women’s rankings after her first place halfpipe and slopestyle finishes at the New Zealand Open earlier this month.

Competition gets underway on Tuesday, September 2 with the men’s and women’s halfpipe qualifiers. On Wednesday, September 3, the action moves to Perisher’s slopestyle course for the qualifiers. All eyes will be on the halfpipe on Thursday, September 4 for semi-finals and finals when the world’s best will fight it out for the Open title and a share of the AUD$50,000 prize purse. On Friday, September 5 the event wraps up with slopestyle finals.