photos: Mark Clavin
Last weekend, Burton Snowboards brought the US Open Qualifiers back to Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. While the staff at SNOWBOARDER was tied up in Denver along with most of the snowboard industry, our former intern and good friend, Mark Clavin was enjoying some time on snow at Springs and snapped these photos of the events that went down in PA over the weekend. In addition to the qualifiers for the big show in Vail in March, Burton brought their new, rad grassroots event, Party in Your Park to the newly dubbed Industrial Parkway at the base of Springs. Check out the photos and watch the US Open at Vail March 3-8, 2014 to see the top riders from the qualifiers throw down.
Seven Springs, PA (February 3, 2013) – The Burton US Open Snowboarding Qualifiers presented by MINI concluded today after two incredible days of slopestyle and halfpipe competition at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. At the event, the six best men and three women per discipline earned a coveted spot to compete against some the world's best riders at the iconic 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – March 8th, 2014, as well as valuable 4star World Snowboard Tour points and a piece of the $20,000 prize purse.
Under foggy, drizzly skies, top men and women put down some big runs during the halfpipe competition yesterday and will join the winners from Saturday's bluebird slopestyle event in Vail.
Men's Halfpipe Results:
1. Chase Josey USA US SNOWBOARDING 97.2
2. Ikkou Anai JPN GUSH 95.8
3. Gabe Ferguson USA ANON OPTICS 90.2
4. Shuhei Sato JPN 686 87.2
5. Joseph Mensch USA CARLETON COLLECTION 86.3
6. Nathan Jacobson USA FLOW 84.7
*Winning run: Michalchuk, Frontside Double 1080, Cab 1080, Crippler 720, Method, Frontside 900.
Women's Halfpipe Results:
1. Summer Fenton USA ZEAL OPTICS 90.7
2. Calynn Irwin CAN BURTON 83.0
3. Kelly Berger USA SMITH 82.0
*Winning run: Backside 540, Frontside Air, Air to Fakie, Switch Backside 540, Cab 360, Frontside 720.
Men's Slopestyle Results:
1. Zach Normandin USA VOLCOM 93.7
2. Brandon Davis USA NEFF 92.3
3. Tyler Nicholson CAN LIB TECHNOLOGIES 91.5
4. Max Eberhardt CAN ONEILL 90.3
5. Brett Moody USA DC 89.5
6. Gabe Ferguson USA ANON OPTICS 88.7
*Winning run: Frontside Lipslide, Boardslide, Frontside 540, Cab 900 Double Cork, Backside 1080 Double Cork.
Women's Slopestyle Results:
1. Asami Hirono JPN BILLABONG 92.7
2. Charlotte Van Gils NED SINNER 90.7
3. Audrey McManiman CAN ANON OPTICS 86.2
*Winning run: 50/50 frontside 180, Half Cab, Backside 360, Frontside 720 Stalefish.
New for this year, the US Open Qualifiers also featured a juniors heat for kids 13 and under for both slopestyle and halfpipe.
Guests at Seven Springs had no shortage of excitement during the US Open Qualifiers weekend. In addition to watching world-class snowboarding, visitors attended the Burton Mountain Festival, which offered riders a full day of on-snow activities, including free Burton 2014 product demos, music, and a traveling Riglet park designed for the smallest snowboarders. In the Sponsor Village, spectators also took photos at MINI's Photo Booth and played the Spin to Win game for a chance to win a Burton snowboard, played games by Paul Mitchell, and enjoyed samples from Mountain Dew, Bear Naked and Chipotle. And on Saturday, February 1st, the 'Party in Your Park' finals, a park and rail contest, took place in the all-new Industrial Parkway at Seven Springs. The competition showcased some progressive urban riding with Benjamin Milan taking first place, a cash prize and an invite to the Burton Rail Days in Tokyo, Japan later this year.
A special thank you to all of our sponsors: MINI, Mountain Dew®, Paul Mitchell, Bear Naked, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Seven Springs, and the World Snowboard Tour.
For anyone who missed the live webcast, highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more are here. Also be sure to follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and check your local listings to watch the 30-minute highlight show on FOX Sports 2 on February 27th at 7:30pm EST.