Burlington, Vermont—Today Burton Snowboards announced a new competition series, The Burton Global Open Series presented by Motorola. The international series of snowboarding competitions will play out in five countries throughout the course of a year and award a record-breaking prize purse totaling over $700,000 US dollars.

The Burton Global Open Series features an international field of local, amateur and pro snowboarders, all having equal opportunity to win the single largest title payout in the sport. The male and female cumulative-points champions will collect $100,000 each, after competing in slopestyle and/or halfpipe Open events in New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan and the United States during the 2006-07 season.

The winners will be announced at the final stop of the series, the 25th Annual Burton US Open in March 2007. Motorola, who made it possible for Burton to step up this year’s Global Opens, will also provide each winner with Motorola product.

“Motorola continues to back up their commitment to snowboarding by taking an active role in connecting the Opens around the world into a global title, says Jake Burton, Founder and Chairman of Burton Snowboards. “Thanks to our alliance, this year’s US Open will be more intense than ever with the title and the cash on the line. I can’t wait to see it.

The 2006-2007 BGOS dates and locations are set for:

New Zealand Open
August 3-5, 2006
Snow Park, New Zealand

Australian Open
TBD
Falls Creek, Australia

European Open
January 20-27, 2007
Laax, Switzerland

Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open
February 20-25, 2007
ALTS Bandai, Japan

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

For more details on the Burton Global Open Series presented by Motorola, visit www.opensnowboarding.com.

To find out more about this partnership and Motorola’s involvement in snowboarding, or to get the latest news on Motorola products, please visit http://www.motorola.com/burton or contact your local Motorola representative.

About the Burton Global Open Series presented by MotorolaThe Burton Global Open Series events 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, New Zealand and Australia, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe.