Webcast Link: Live Coverage of the Burton NZ Open

The men were charging hard as they took the pipe for their pre-qual runs at the crack of dawn on a chilly morning in August. A field of over 70 global riders turned out, vying for the top 10 spots that would advance on to Saturday’s finals. But it was the Japanese riders that raised eyebrows and the bar by going huge and putting together solid runs, securing 3 of the top 5 overall spots. 17 year-old K2 rider Kazumi Fujita brought it home by placing first in the qualifiers with a run that consisted of a massive backside double-grab, huge frontside 7 followed by a frontside cab, back to back nines and an air to fakie. The second place run by Billabong’s Rikuya Narita started off with a big McTwist into a frontside 9, followed up with a backside method to a frontside 7, into a switch inverted 7 and finished off with an air to fakie. Nitro sponsored Swiss rider Gian-Luca Cavigelli kicked his 3rd place run off with a frontside lien air to backside crail, frontside 9, followed by backside 5, frontside 7, cab 7, finishing off with a front 5.

1 175 Kazumi Fujita JPN Yoyogi Shibuya K2 84.0

2 150 Rikuya Narita JPN Hakodate BILLABONG 82.5

3 172 Gian-Luca Cavigelli SUI Marly NITRO 81.8

4 135 Justin Lamoureux CAN Squamish BATALEON 81.8

5 116 Daisuke Murakami JPN Sapporo K2 81.5

6 199 Michal Ligocki POL Cieszyn ROSSIGNOL 78.8

7 171 Thomas Ruegg SUI Zurich HEAD 77.5

8 158 Mitchell Allan AUS Berrrara OAKLEY 77.5

9 183 Zak Stone CAN Collingwood VOLCOM 75.0

10 217 Drew Brighton USA Park City, Utah HEAD 71.0

40 ladies from all over the world were geared up and ready to ride by the time the women’s qualifiers started on Wednesday afternoon. Hometown hero and Roxy rider Kendall Brown placed 2nd for NZ with a backside method to a stylie frontside taipan into a backside crail, front 5, backside air to fakie tailgrab, cab 3 and finished off with a nosegrab. Japan’s Aoki Miho placed 3rd with a run that consisted of a big backside method into a front 7, followed up by a cab 3, frontside 5, backside mute, frontside indy and finishing off with a large backside mute. But it was GNU sponsored Elizabeth Beerman (USA), who was spinning to win, that placed first with a solid run featuring a massive method, followed by a nosegrab and crail grab, into a front 5 melon, backside 5, front 7, cab 3, air to fakie with a stylish melon grab.

1 5 Elizabeth Beerman USA Weston GNU 88.0

2 119 Kendall Brown NZE Mount Maunganui ROXY 75.3

3 122 Aoki Miho JPN Higashikurume-shi MOSS 75.0

4 107 Kelly Marren USA Hillsborough OAKLEY 72.0

5 106 Lesley McKenna GBR Aviemore ROXY 71.0

The 5th annual Burton New Zealand Open is being held at Snowpark, New Zealand and is the first stop on the Burton Global Open Series, where riders accumulate points towards the Global Open Championship and $100,000 cash to the top male and female. The New Zealand Open is also the second stop and a 5 star event on the TTR World Snowboard Tour and provides riders with the chance to get on the TTR World Ranking list early in the season.

Hi res images of the event are available to download daily at: www.boarderzone.com/nzopen/press

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