BURLINGTON, VT (March 11, 2008) – Secure thine abacus. The sum of the numerals below amount to the most supreme event of the snowboarding season.
One snowboarding competition hath been run by snowboarders, for snowboarders for 26 consecutive years: the US Open Snowboarding Championships.
Two new Volvo C30 R-Designs will be awarded to the male and female Most Valuable Riders after the big air competition at the US Open.
Three is the number of US Open halfpipe finals Kelly Clark has won – the most of any female competitor.
Four disciplines take place at the US Open: slopestyle, halfpipe, big air and junior jam.
Five jousting matches per day will take place at the Burton tent in the US Open sponsor village.
Six Burton Global Open Series events take place around the globe: one in Canada, Europe, Japan, United States, New Zealand and Australia.
10 professional gaming gear kits from SteelSeries can be won at the US Open.
13th century England was when jousting reached its height as a medieval spectator sport, where thousands would crowd the stands.
17-20 years of age was the average life expectancy of people in medieval England.
25 is the number of years since Stratton teamed up with Burton to open the world’s first snowboard school.
26 is the number of Chill kids who have been selected to attend the US Open out of the 2,000 youth that learned to snowboard for free through Chill, Burton’s non-profit that takes at-risk youth snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing to help teach them valuable life lessons.
111 feet is the wingspan of one Virgin America airplane, which is about one-fifth the length of the US Open halfpipe.
150 is the number of countries that import Corona Extra from Mexico.
250 GORE-TEX® gloves and 100 GORE-TEX jackets are made exclusively for the Open.
30,000 Emergen-C samples will be given away at the US Open.
35,405 is the number of points that current Burton Global Open Series men’s standings leader Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN) has going into the US Open.
37,316 is the number of points that current Burton Global Open Series women’s standings leader Jenny Jones (GBR) has going into the US Open.
50,000 is the number of trees that have been planted as a result of the partnership between Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree products & the American Forest Global Re-Leaf campaign.
$50,000 is the amount of money the Men’s Swatch TTR World Tour Champion will receive at the US Open.
$100,000 is the amount of money the male and female 2008 Burton Global Open Series Champions will take home after the US Open – currently the largest single payout in competitive snowboarding.
276,480 ounces of SoBe will be given out at the US Open.
286 million people over the age of two can get NBC, which is broadcasting the US Open for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday, March 23 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
Burton would like to thank Stratton Mountain Resort, Volvo, SoBe, Go211.com, Paul Mitchell, Virgin America, GORE-TEX®, Corona, Emergen-C, Shiseido, R.E.D., ANON, Analog and Gravis for their support of the US Open. For more information on the US Open, head to www.opensnowboarding.com