BURLINGTON, VT (November 6, 2008) – Burton Snowboards and Calgary Olympic Development Association's (CODA) Canada Olympic Park today announced that they have decided to move the upcoming Canadian Open Snowboarding Championships to February 2-8, 2009. Due to the recent cancellation of the Session at Vail, an optimal window has opened in the North American snowboard event schedule.
"With the Session no longer happening, it frees up a window in the calendar that we have looked at in the past as strategically beneficial to the event," said Burton Events Director, Liam Griffin. "This week leads up to the FIS World Cup at Cypress in 09, and it also leads up to the Olympics in 2010. Since the Canada Olympic Park pipe was the template that the Cypress pipe was based off of, this gives riders the option to hit two events in western Canada in a row."
Due to the change in dates of the Canadian Open, the Burton European Open (BEO) is now the next event in the Burton Global Open Series. Celebrating its 10th year, the special birthday edition of the Burton European Open will take place in Laax, Switzerland from January 9-16, 2009.
With events scheduled year-round and in six countries, the Burton Global Open Series offers riders the chance to earn points towards a male and female championship title, each worth $100,000, currently the largest single payout in competitive snowboarding.
The Burton Global Open Series is also part of the Swatch Ticket To Ride World Snowboard Tour (TTR), the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world. TTR ranks riders based on their results at participating competitions and crowns a TTR World Champion at the US Open. For more information on the Swatch TTR World Tour, visit www.ttrworldtour.com.