When the best snowboarders in the world gathers in Switzerland this week, there is more than prestigious event titles at stake. All four winners at the Burton European Open earn a ticket to ride the World Snowboarding Championships (WSC) in Oslo 2012. Burton European Open kicks off a year-long qualification process for the pinnacle event of snowboarding.
Inspired by fair and exciting qualification systems in tennis, golf, surfing and other individual sports, the snowboarders can qualify to their own championships through world ranking, titles, national quotas and wild cards. By winning a TTR 6 star event you are automatically qualified. So is TTR top 50 men and top 30 women on the 52 week rollover ranking starting and ending with European Open 2011 and 2012. Furthermore, each of the 35 member nations in the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) has 1 national quota per contest in addition to the other qualification quotas, and the organizer holds 2 wild cards to each contest (male and female half pipe rides, male and female slopestyle riders).
Developing a qualification system tailor made for snowboarding, has been pivotal. All riders must have the opportunity to qualify on a fair basis, no matter if they are established pros or rookies. In addition to creating this unique entry system to the event, TTR and WSF are working close with the WSC organizers further developing the new Snowboarding Livescoring System (SLS) towards the world championships. SLS was introduced at The Arctic Challenge slopestyle in February 2010 and the Burton New Zealand Open halfpipe in August, and is now implemented at all TTR 6 star events. Fair qualification and judging will be the guiding stars for the WSC.
The World Snowboarding Championships (WSC) is a co-operation between the TTR World Tour and World Snowboard Federation. 240 riders from all snowboard nations will take part in this unique event in Oslo, February 2012. The municipality of Oslo is guaranteeing the event financially. IMG Sports Media will handle all international media and sponsor relations for the event.