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BURLINGTON, VT (February 1, 2011) – The top slopestyle and halfpipe riders are making their way to Calgary for the third annual Burton Canadian Open (CANO), presented by MINI. Competitions start today at WinSport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park (COP) in Calgary, Alberta where world famous riders like three-time Olympian Kelly Clark (USA) and current TTR World No. 1 Jamie Anderson (USA) will join local favorites like Pierce Mimura (CAN)) and Brooke Voigt (CAN) in one of Canada’s biggest snowboard competitions. All Canadian Open events are free and open to the public with halfpipe finals taking place on Friday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) and slopestyle finals going down on Saturday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time).

The women’s field competing at the Canadian Open is loaded with big names from all over the world. After winning almost every halfpipe competition she’s entered this year, including the 2011 Winter X Games, Kelly Clark will be the rider to beat in halfpipe, especially now that she just nailed the first-ever 1080 in a women’s snowboard competition. Also coming fresh off a 2011 Winter X Games win, Enni Rukajärvi (FIN) won the Canadian Open slopestyle event last year and is returning to Calgary this week to defend her title. Enni will have tough slopestyle competition from Jamie Anderson, who currently leads the TTR World Snowboard Tour. Last year’s Canadian Open halfpipe champion Kendall Brown (NZL) is making the trek from her native New Zealand to defend her title. And Swiss rider Sina Candrian, who is currently in the lead for the Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) Championship title, will also compete at the Canadian Open.

On the men’s side, watch out for Swiss rider Christian Haller, who currently leads the men’s BGOS championship standings. Coming off a third place finish in slopestyle at the 2011 Burton European Open, Chas Guldemond (USA) will be looking for a spot on the Canadian Open podium. And last year’s Canadian Open slopestyle champion Brett Esser (USA) will be back in Calgary to defend his title. Jack Mitrani (USA), Ben Watts (USA) and Charles Reid (CAN) are all planning to compete at this year’s Canadian Open as well.

All of these riders are strong contenders for earning a piece of the Canadian Open’s $50,000 prize purse, not to mention valuable points towards both the SWATCH TTR and Burton Global Open Series 2010/2011 titles, which are each worth $50,000. Riders at the Canadian Open will also have a shot at the new Creative Use of Space Award by MINI, worth a total of $50,000 that will be shared by the best male and female rider who have shown creativity and progression throughout the BGOS series. Check out http://www.facebook.com/MINI under the Burton tab to learn more and cast your vote for the most creative rider.

Not only will the Canadian Open host world-class competitive snowboarding, there will also be some next-level entertainment on hand. For the first time ever, the Canadian Open halfpipe finals will take place at night with DJs JS1 and Ody Rock spinning during the event. Later that night, renowned DJ Mix Master Mike will headline following the awards ceremony. Also on Friday, local favorite characters Terry and Dean from the Cult film ‘Fubar’ will officially host the beer tent onsite.

If you can’t make it to Calgary, watch the semi-finals and finals live on Metacafe.com and Burton.com. Webcast airtimes are listed below in local Calgary time (Mountain Time):

Friday, Feb 4

9:30am – 4:00pm:  Women’s and Men’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals

6:00pm – 8:45pm:  Women’s and Men’s Halfpipe Finals

Saturday, Feb 5

10:30am – 2:00pm:  Women’s and Men’s Slopestyle Finals

Burton would like to thank MINI, Metacafe Sports, Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, Paul Mitchell, Samsung, Contour, Snowboard Canada Magazine, Kokanee, WinSport Canada, Tourism Calgary, Travel Alberta and the Calgary Hotel Association for their support of the Canadian Open.