Burton Canadian Open Day 2: Spirits High, Fog Low in Calgary

Photos Courtesy of Jordan Wagner

Photos Courtesy of Jordan Wagner

The second day of the annual Burton Canadian Open Snowboarding Championships got off to a slow start this morning at Canada Olympic Park as the venue was socked in by a heavy fog resulting in a four hour delay of the men's slopestyle pre-qualifications.

73 men were signed up and ready to drop into the slopestyle course which was made up of a step-up saddle to down box, followed by a down flat down kink rail, a log jib, down rail, wall ride and three kickers. As morning turned into afternoon the fog slowly lifted, finally allowing the first of two heats to get underway. 37 men dropped, in a best of two run pre-qualification round.

Ben Watts, who had a stellar showing at yesterday's halfpipe qualifications came out on top with a run that started off with a Cab 180 to frontside boardslide, followed by a gap to lipslide on the kink, into a frontside 360 lipslide, followed by a boardslide 270, pulling a stylish Cab 540 mute off the first hit into a fronts 720 lein finishing with a backside 720 mute grab.

Canadian Jon Versteeg took the top spot in his heat with a run that started off with a half Cab to 270 switchup, into a frontside boardslide, followed by a backside 360 handplant off the log, into a 270 slide on the down rail, followed by a Cab 180 into wallride, Cab 720 melon on the first hit, a switch backside 540 over the channel, finishing with a backside 720 tailgrab.

The top 15 men from each heat plus the next ten highest scores are advancing on to Thursday's qualifications, in total 24 men from heat 1 and 16 from heat 2.

The Burton Canadian Open action continues tomorrow with men's slopestyle quals. An overall male and female Burton Global Open Series Champion will be crowned at the final event, the US Open Snowboarding Championships held in Stratton, Vermont. The top three men and women will take home equal prize money, with first place winning $50,000, second place $30,000 and third place taking home $20,000.

The Burton Global Open Series is also part of the Swatch Ticket To Ride World Snowboard Tour (TTR), the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world. TTR ranks riders based on their results at participating competitions and crowns a TTR World Champion at the US Open. For more information on the Swatch TTR World Tour, visit www.ttrworldtour .com

If you can't make it to Canada Olympic Park, watch the semifinals and finals live on Go211.com, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event is over. The 2010 Canadian Open halfpipe and slopestyle action can be seen on The Score on February 28 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Photos Courtesy of Jordan Wagner

Photos Courtesy of Jordan Wagner

Slopestyle Pre-Qualification Men Heat 1

1 Ben Watts USA BURTON
2 Brett Esser USA OMATIC
3 Brendan Davis CAN BURTON
4 Robby Balharry CAN WESTBEACH
5 Jordan Rehrer USA REVOLUTION
6 Cavin Donald CAN —
8 Clemens Schattschneider AUT RIDE
9 Tyler MacRae CAN —
10 Jan Necas CZE GNU
11 Tyler Anderson USA SMITH
12 Hans Mindnich USA BURTON
13 Pierce Mimura CAN BURTON
14 Ethan Morgan GER FORUM
15 Adam Wissenz CAN —
16 Bryan Daino USA SIMS
17 Kyle Hefkey CAN —
18 Marc Magee CAN TECHNINE
19 Darcy Sharpe CAN BURTON
20 Kiichiro Kazumi JPN VOELKL
21 Kyle Thomas CAN —
22 Robbie Johnson CAN —
23 Bryce Parry CAN RIDE
24 Blaze Kotsenburg USA QUIKSILVER

Slopestyle Pre-Qualification Men Heat 2
1 Jon Versteeg CAN NOMIS
2 Jordan Phillips CAN NOMIS
3 Joachim Krogstie NOR BURTON
4 Zak Stone CAN VOLCOM
5 Craig McMorris CAN CLASS5
6 Franc Thomas SUI HEAD
7 Jam Gallagher CAN SENTURY
8 Jack Shackleton GBR RIPCURL
9 Jacob Trevor USA NIKE6.0
10 Adrian Krainer AUT ELAN
11 Chris Hagerty USA GKC
12 Andrew Matthews CAN WESTBEACH
13 Simen Neraker NOR 32 SNOWBOARD
14 Brydon Hunt CAN —
15 Graham Banks USA HEAD
16 Stephen Burchill CAN BILLABONG

Burton would like to thank WinSport Canada, Go211.com, Paul Mitchell, Amp Energy, Samsung, Travel Alberta, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Hotel Association, Alberta Lottery Fund, Snowboard Canada Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine and Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour for their support of the Canadian Open.