Top riders qualify for US Open
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SEVEN SPRINGS, PA – The Burton US Open Snowboarding Qualifiers presented by MINI concluded Sunday after two days of slopestyle and halfpipe competition at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania.
At the event, created in association with long-time partner U.S. Snowboarding, the 10 best men and five women per discipline earned a piece of a $20,000 prize purse, and now advance to compete against some of the world’s biggest names in snowboarding at the 31st annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI from Feb. 25-March 2 in Vail, CO.
While the snow fell, top men and women put down some big runs during the halfpipe competition earlier today. Along with the winners from Saturday’s slopestyle event, they will compete at the US Open in Vail alongside world-class confirmed riders, including Kelly Clark, Mark McMorris, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson, Iouri Podladtchikov and more.
Guests at Seven Springs had no shortage of excitement during the US Open Qualifiers weekend. In addition to watching the competition, visitors attended the Burton Mountain Festival, which offered riders a full day of on-snow activities, including free Burton 2013 product demos, music and a travelling Riglet park designed for the smallest snowboarders. In the Sponsor Village, spectators took photos at MINI’s photobooth and played the Spin to Win game for a chance to win a Burton snowboard and other great prizes.
And the W.O.R.D. On The Streets, a rail jam event held on Saturday at The Streets terrain park under the lights, showcased some incredible urban riding, product giveaways and live music.
In its ninth season, the U.S. Revolution Tour is a three-stop tour consisting of halfpipe, slopestyle, and cross, for both freeskiing and snowboarding. The tour is designed to serve as a stepping stone for athletes making the transition from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than one million overnight and day guests. Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Since 2004, Seven Springs has been committed to developing and growing its Terrain Parks, halfpipes and Olympic-size superpipe. Now, Seven Springs has seven terrain parks of varying difficulty and progressions with more than 80 features in all.
The resort’s hard work and dedication towards these efforts have been nationally recognized for three consecutive years including the 2012-2013 selection as the No. 1 parks and pipe on the East Coast by TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine.
For the latest in additions to available slopes and trails, stay tuned to the Snow Report at www.7springs.com, call 800-523-7777 or Seven Springs on Facebook or Twitter.
Men’s Halfpipe Results:
1. Taylor Gold USA BURTON 94.4
2. Ben Ferguson USA BURTON 92.2
3. Jake Pates USA OAKLEY 90.0
4. Kent Callister AUS LIB TECH 88.4
5. Joseph Mensch USA FLOW 87.2
6. Paul Brichta USA BURTON 83.4
7. Eiju Hirano JPN BURTON 82.8
8. Ikkou Anai JPN N/A 81.0
9. Alexander Kondo USA K2 80.2
10. Nicholas Baden USA BURTON 66.8
Women’s Halfpipe Results:
1. Summer Fenton USA BURTON 90.2
2. Kirby Kelly USA ROXY 83.8
3. Serena Shaw USA N/A 80.6
4. Kelly Marren USA OAKLEY 79.4
5. Madison Barrett USA N/A 73.0
Men’s Slopestyle Results:
1. Grant Giller USA SALOMON 91.4
2. Nikolas Baden USA BURTON 88.4
3. Seth Hill USA SIMS 87.6
4. Kent Callister AUS LIB / ANON 85.4
5. Brendan Hart USA N/A 80.4
6. Matts Kulisek CAN K2 78.4
7. Easton Gilman USA NITRO 77.6
8. Tyler Nicholson CAN QUICKSILVER 73.8
9. Brett Moody USA DC SHOE CO 73.6
10.Ian Thorley USA NEFF 70.2
Women’s Slopestyle Results:
1. Karly Shorr USA K2 89.4
2. Erika Vikander USA CAPIX 85.2
3. Danika Duffy USA BATALEON 74.8
4. Celia Miller USA O’NEILL 69.6
5. Jordie Karlinski USA ROXY 60.0