Photos: Nick Hamilton

Words: Hondo

For thirty years Burton has hosted the US Open in Vermont. There’s a beauty to having this event set on the East coast. It adds a sense of unpredictability. It’s unpredictable in the sense of the weather. Take this year for instance. At one point it was a white out blizzard, and at the very next second it was blue skies and sunny. The Open is also unpredictable because it’s just that, an open event. There are riders who were in the mix today who you normally wouldn’t see in the finals of a major event. An example of this is Christian Haller. When you hear his name you normally think of him as a halfpipe rider, but since it was an open event, he was able to get 9th place, and that’s pretty damn impressive if you ask me.

Seb Toutant. 2012 Burton US Open Slope Winner. Photo Nick Hamilton

Seb Toutant. 2012 Burton US Open Slope Winner. Photo Nick Hamilton

The day started bright and early with the women’s finals. 8 women were in the field battling against one of the iciest courses of the season. To preface how icy the course was let just me tell you that yesterday it was sixty degrees out, and then it snowed, then rained, and then dropped thirty degrees. So it was bullet proof. But nonetheless the girls rode well. Enni Rukajarvi has a clean switch backside 540, and we got to see it today. She’s the Bjork of snowboarding, she rips and ended up in third. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas has had a pretty sick season. She got 2nd at the X games in January, and today she got 2nd at the US Open. Not too bad. But at the end of the day it was yet again Jamie Anderson sitting at the top of the leader board. She is getting to be almost in a league of her own when it comes to women’s slopestyle. Her run of cab 720 to switch backside 540 is pretty untouchable.

Jamie Anderson. 2012 Burton US Open Slope Winner. Photo Nick Hamilton

Jamie Anderson. 2012 Burton US Open Slope Winner. Photo Nick Hamilton

After the women it was onto the men. Seventeen men each took three runs through the course, and those guys should be glad they had three runs because no one was landing a damn thing. If you made it to the end of the course and didn’t fall you were stoked.

Ulrik Badertscher was in the lead for most of the day with crazy double corks and a sick 50-50 to double frontflip off on the up box. It was awesome. It reminded me of watching the circus, and you could tell Ulrik thought the same thing because of the smirk on his face. But that trick could not bring him the W today, because Sebastien Toutant was on a mission. He knows exactly what he has to do to win, and today he did just that. He took serious control of the course and brought the US Open to Canada. In the end it was Seppe Smits in 3rd, Ulrik in 2nd, and Seb Toots in 1st.

2012 Burton US Open Men's Slope Podium. Photo Nick Hamilton

2012 Burton US Open Men's Slope Podium. Photo Nick Hamilton

Tomorrow it’s the pipe finals,  and heavy hitters like Kazu, Danny Davis, and Shaun White are here so make sure to check back and get the full recap from us at the 30th annual Burton US Open.

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2012 US Open WOMEN’S SLOPESTYLE FINALS
RANK COMPETITOR NATION
1 Jamie Anderson USA
2 Kjersti ?stgaard Buaas NOR
3 Enni Rukaj?rvi FIN
4 Sina Candrian SUI
5 Shelly Gotlieb NZL
6 Joanna Dzierzawski USA
7 Jordie Karlinski USA
8 Spencer O?Brien CAN

2012 USO MEN’S SLOPESTYLE FINALS
RANK COMPETITOR NATION
1 Sebastien Toutant CAN
2 Ulrik Badertscher NOR
3 Seppe Smits BEL
4 Hans Mindnich USA
5 Emil Ulsletten NOR
6 Eric Willett USA
7 Eric Beauchemin USA
8 Janne Korpi FIN
9 Christian Haller SUI
10 Maxence Parrot CAN
11 Sage Kotsenburg USA
12 Robby Balharry CAN
13 Chas Guldemond USA
14 Scotty Lago USA
15 Antoine Truchon CAN
16 Ian Thorley USA
17 Brage Richenberg NOR