Burton Snowboards announced the addition of Nicola Thost of Germany to its international pro team last week.

In addition, the snowboard manufacturer also signed Jussi Oksanen of Finland to its international team.

“We are very excited to be welcoming Jussi and Nicola to the Burton team,” Marketing Manager Barry Dugan said. “The response from the rest of the team has been extremely positive. The respect that these two riders have spans the riding community worldwide. Jussi and Nicola have very bright futures ahead of them.”

In addition to riding, both Thost and Oksanen will work with Burton product managers on the 2001/02 Burton hardgoods and softgoods lines as well as the Red accessory line.

Thost, who has ridden for Nitro Snowboards for six years, parted from the company on good terms.

“Everyone at Nitro would like to thank you Nicola for all the good times and ripping riding!” writes Nitro Team Manager Noah Brandon. “We’re sad to see you go — wish you the best of luck with your new sponsor. Look forward to seeing you fly by.”