2011 Burton New Zealand Open

August 5, 2011 by  
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Every snowboarder looks forward to the Burton Global Open Series that was established by Jake Burton, as it not only allows professional snowboarders to show off their skills but it also draws thousands of snowboarding enthusiasts to come support their favorite competitors. The Burton Global Open Series takes place across Europe, the United States, in Canada and in New Zealand. On the 12th and 13th of August the 2011 Burton New Zealand Open will be hosted at the Cardona Alpine Ski Resort, located between the Crown Range and nearby cities of Wanaka and Queenstown, kicking of the Burton Global Open Series.

Cardona Alpine Ski Resort is the ideal location for such a high profile event, as it always offers reliable and favorable conditions due to its great weather, which in turn provides good snowfall and pristine terrain for snowboarders and all winter sport enthusiasts to enjoy. Both beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders are catered for, as well as advanced riders, as the Tulips and Arcadia chutes offer a challenging course to satisfy their needs. It also features an eighteen foot halfpipe and a twenty-two foot superpipe in its diverse terrain park that can accommodate riders of all skill levels.

There will be two divisions for the top riders to compete in, namely Slopestyle and Halfpipe. Even though the competition begins on the 12th, riders will be participating in training sessions on the 9th of August, which will then be followed by the Slopestyle Pre-qualifiers and qualifiers for both men and women. Qualifiers for the men’s and women’s Halfpipe event will be hosted on the 10th of August. Only the top five women and top ten men in this event will move forward toward the semi-finals. The top eight women and the top sixteen men in the Slopestyle division will be selected on the 11th of August, during their semi-final session, and only those selected riders will continue to the finals.

Halfpipe semi-finals for both men and women will then commence, with Halfpipe semi-finals for women taking place on the Friday, with their finals on the Saturday. The men on the other hand will be doing both on the Saturday. Over and above the fierce competition that will be taking place at the Burton New Zealand Open, there will be numerous activities for both riders and spectators to participate in, making it an exciting and interactive event.