Photos: Nick Hamilton
Halfpipe Finals at the 2012 Burton US Open
History runs deep throughout the Burton US Open. For thirty years now riders from all over have been coming here, trying to prove themselves. Some come and receive fame and glory, while others full back into total obscurity. But one thing that’s still constant is that they show up. And today, on March 10, they definitely showed up.
The women like usual started things off. I kind of feel bad for the girl’s cause they always have to wake up so much earlier. Every event always starts with women, so if you’re a guy you’re stoked cause you can get a little bit more sleep. There were 7 girls in the women’s final, and all of them were just crushing. The pipe was solid, the weather was brisk and the action was blazing hot. Some standouts were Yuki Furihata’s chicken wing McTwist, Arielle Gold’s backside air, but the real story of the event was the upset. All season long Kelly Clark has been dominating the podium, but today things changed. Elena Hight must have done something right the night before because she was riding better than I have ever seen her. Her backside air was huge and tweaked, and she also did back to back 900’s and an ally-oop backside rodeo. It was sick.
The Men’s event on the other hand had no suspense. The winner was known after the 1st run. Shaun White was the 1st to drop and no one could catch up. It was a contest for 2nd place. The order from 2nd-16th changed a ton, well kind of. Instead of taking a run, defending Burton US Open champion Kazu Kokubo side-slipped the pipe because he jarred his back in practice. So he was always in last. But the rest of guys were playing musical chairs all day. Some highlights were the return of Danny Kass to the pipe. He’s still got it everyone. Ryo Aono also did the biggest 1080 I’ve ever seen. It rivaled the height of Shaun’s backside air; it was that big. Louie Vito also came really close to giving Shaun a run for his money, but in the end his 4 double cork combo just couldn’t compete with the sheer dominance that is Shaun in the pipe. At the end of the day it was Shaun with the W, Louie in 2nd, and Vermont native Benji Farrow in 3rd.
Mens Full Results:
Shaun’s Winning Run Video
The “railjam” is coming up later tonight and we are going to be there bringing you coverage. The reason “railjam” is in quotes is because there’s an 80 foot jump over it. So I’m sure there weill be much more than jibbing…