Burlington, VT (February 19, 2008) — Japan’s largest snowboarding event, The Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open 2008 Snowboarding Championship, will take place from February 26-March 2 at Alts Bandai resort in Fukushima. Part of the Burton Global Open Series and the Swatch Ticket To Ride World Snowboard Tour, the 15th Annual Nippon Open will showcase the world’s top snowboarders competing in SuperPipe, ParkStyle, RailJam and KidsJam contests for over $125,000 USD in prize money.
 
After one of the most exciting competitions of the year at the Burton European Open (BEO) last month, snowboarding’s elite meet again with Shaun White, Jamie Anderson, Antti Autti, Kevin Pearce, Mikkel Bang, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Ryo Aono, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Takaharu Nakai, Shota Suzuki, Torah Bright and Daisuke Murakami all competing to earn points towards the $100,000 Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) Championship Title and the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour ranking.
 
The competition is not to be missed as both the men’s and women’s field is stacked with the world’s best snowboarding talent, and the BGOS title is still very much up for grabs. 2007 Nippon Open ParkStyle winner Kevin Pearce and 2007 Nippon Open SuperPipe winner, Shaun White have been battling for top podium positions all winter, and they will certainly put up a good fight at the Nippon Open this year. Spectators can also count on Japan’s Ryo Aono and the rest of the Japanese contingency to step up and throw down on their home turf with gargantuan amplitude and impressive style. In the women’s competition, Torah Bright has been trying to hold on to her BGOS title, but Kelly Clark has been giving her a serious run for the money after dominating the halfpipe competition at the BEO.  
 
The Nippon Open is one of Japan’s most popular snowboarding events, drawing over 40,000 spectators from around the world and featuring coverage by TXN network and J Sports ESPN. International viewers can also catch live webcasts of the semi-finals and finals action at www.Go211.com . All Nippon Open webcasts and event highlights will also be available for on-demand viewing.
 
With the epic snow Japan has been seeing this winter, the Nippon Open is a great event to bring the whole family to. Come see the best riders in the world up close, get an autograph and take photos of top pros while enjoying runs at Alts Bandai in between the competition action.
 
Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open 2008 Snowboarding Championship Schedule is Below:

Tuesday, February 26     Men’s ParkStyle qualification
Wednesday, February 27           Men’s SuperPipe qualification
Thursday, February 28    Men’s ParkStyle semi-finals
                                               Women’s ParkStyle qualification
Friday, February 29                   Women’s SuperPipe qualification
                                               Men’s and women’s SuperPipe semi-finals
Saturday, March 1                    Men’s and women’s ParkStyle finals
                          &nbssp;                    Evening RailJam
Sunday, March 2                      Men’s and women’s SuperPipe finals
                                               KidsJam
 
About the Burton Global Open Series
The 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 Canada, Europe, Japan, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe.
 
About the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour
The Burton Global Open Series is part of the Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour, the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world. TTR ranks riders based on their results at participating competitions and crowns a Swatch TTR World Champion at the US Open. For more information, visit www.ttrworldtour.com .