Top Snowboarders Compete in Calgary at the Burton Canadian Open

Top slopestyle and halfpipe riders are at WinSport Canada's Canada Olympic Park (COP) this week to compete in the fourth annual Burton Canadian Open (CANO), presented by MINI. World famous riders like three-time Olympian Kelly Clark (USA) and current TTR Halfpipe World Tour leader Benji Farrow (USA) will join local favorites like Robby Balharry (CAN) and Brooke Voigt (CAN) to battle it out in one of Canada's premier snowboard competitions. The Canadian Open is the second stop of the Burton Global Open Series (BGOS), and the entire event is free and open to the public with halfpipe finals taking place on Friday, February 3 at 7:00p.m. (Mountain Time) and slopestyle finals going down on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00a.m. (Mountain Time).


At CANO 2012, the women's field is loaded with big-name competitors from all over the world. Topping the list is Kelly Clark, the reigning 2011 BGOS Champion. After winning her 13th contest in a row at X Games this past weekend, Kelly Clark will be the rider to beat in the CANO halfpipe this year. Gretchen Bleiler (USA), Hannah Teter (USA), Cilka Sadar (SLO), Castellet Queralt (ESP), Linn  Haug (NOR) and Mercedes Nicoll (CAN) are also strong contenders coming into this year's Canadian Open. On the slopestyle side, Silvia Mittermuller (GER), who is currently ranked third in the TTR Slopestyle World Tour ranking, will give last year's CANO slopestyle winner Jamie Anderson (USA) some tough competition.

On the men's side, Scotty James (AUS) is in fine form and looking to better his second place halfpipe podium finish from 2011. In slopestyle, Chas Guldemond (USA) will be looking for a spot on the Canadian Open podium. Janne Korpi (FIN), Manual Pietropoli (ITA) and Ryo Aono (JPN) are also all planning to competethis year.

All of these riders are in strong contention for earning a piece of the Canadian Open's prize purse of $70,000, not to mention valuable points towards the Burton Global Open Series 2011/2012 Halfpipe and Slopestyle titles, which are eachworth $25,000. Moreover, riders can earn valuable points that count towards the TTR Halfpipe and Slopestyle World Tour titles.

Riders at CANO will also be competing for the Creative Use of Space (CUOS) Award, presented by MINI. The male and female rider with the most creative and progressive tricks in the halfpipe and slopestyle will each win $2,500. Additionally, $5,000 will be awarded at the end of the BGOS season to the resort shape crew that built the most creative CUOS slopestyle features during the 2011/12 Burton Global Open Series.  And lastly, riders at CANO will be earning points toward winning a brand new MINI Countryman, which will be awarded at the US Open in March. The male and female rider with the best overall results across all of the BGOS events will drive away with a MINI.


Not only will the Canadian Open host world-class competitive snowboarding, there will also be some next-level entertainment on hand. Due to the overwhelming success of the nighttime halfpipe finals last year, the 2012 CANO halfpipe finals will once again take place under the lights tomorrow at 7pm hosted by Terry and Deaner from the cult films "Fubar" and "Fubar 2".  After attendees watch the biggest halfpipe competition hosted in Canada, they are invited to stick around and celebrate to the sounds of DJ Hedspin on the deck of the main lodge at COP. All are welcome, and admission is free.


On Saturday night, CANO will throw an official bash to celebrate a great week of competitions at the Ship & Anchor in downtown Calgary on 17th Avenue. Well-knownCanadian bands, Forbidden Dimension and Nightseeker will keep the house rocking all night long. On top of that, the finale to CANO 2012 will feature drink specials and appearances by Terry and Deaner from "Fubar".  Doors open at 9pm and entry is first-come, first-serve.


For Burton fans that can't make it to Calgary, watch the slopestyle semi-finals and halfpipe and slopestyle finals live on Webcast airtimes are listed below in local Calgary time (Mountain Time):


Friday, Feb 3

9:30am – 3:00pm MT:  Women's and Men's Slopestyle Semi-Finals

6:30pm – 10:00pm MT:  Women's and Men's Halfpipe Finals


Saturday, Feb 4

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


Burton would like to thank MINI, WinSport Canada, Nokia, 3M, Mitch by Paul Mitchell, Contour, TTR Pro Snowboarding, Visit Calgary, Uptown 17th, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Sport Travel Alliance, Calgary Hotel Association, Travel Alberta, Snowboard Canada Magazine and TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine.