Beijing, CHINA (November 24, 2010) – Red Bull and Mellowparks.cn are once again teaming up to bring you the 9th Red Bull Nanshan Open, China's largest slopestyle snowboard competition held just outside of Beijing on January 22nd and 23rd.
Continuing its legacy as one of the most rider-friendly and well-organized events around, the Nanshan Open offers riders a week's worth of luxury hotels, great food, crazy parties and sightseeing – with a bit of snowboarding chucked in. Now who could resist that?
A 4Star TTR World Snowboard Tour slopestyle event, the competition offers up US$30,000 in prize money and 500 TTR points. To be held in the recently announced NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, the event has previously attracted top riders including Transworld's 'Rookie of the Year' Austin Smith as well as the 'Nitro RoadWarriors' and 'Pirate Movie Productions' crews. Past winners of the event include Juuso Laivisto (2010), Freddy Austbo (2009), Jakob Wilhelmson (2008) and Hampus Mosesson (2007).
The local qualifier round, held one week prior on January 15th, offers the chance for up to six local Chinese riders to qualify for the main event. In addition to competing and shredding with the international pros, the Open is a great chance for these riders to make a name for themselves both on the local and international stage.
The Nanshan Open planted its roots as the first snowboard competition to be held on Chinese soil nine years ago, and has grown into one of the most popular snowboard events around. As one of the few 'by-riders-for-riders' events left, the Mellowparks.cn crew focuses on creating a great atmosphere as opposed to simply another competition. Judging by it’s successful past, the event's ninth incarnation is guaranteed to be its best yet!
"The Nanshan Open in China was amazing. From the moment we arrived in Beijing we were taken care of so well. Amazing dinners every night, nice hotels and we got to do lots of touristy stuff… The comp was fun too, definitely one of my better snowboarding experiences" – Nick Brown, 2010
"Best trip of the season: Going to China for the Nanshan Open.." Tobi Strauss, 2010
"One of my TOP events – always so stoked to get an invite and would never say no. It is just an awesome time.. You get together with all your buddies from around the world and the snowboard industry, meet in China and have the best seven days that will be in your memories forever…" – Peter König – 2008 & 2009
"It was my first time in China… it was a really good experience! We all had a really good time … and were looked after so well – it's all so well organised" – Tyler Chorlton, 2009
“Best trip: China" – Hampus Mosesson, 2007
9th Red Bull Nanshan Open on TTR: http://www.ttrworldtour.com/events/season-1011/4star/9th-red-bull-nanshan-open.html
Nitro Roadwarriors @ 8th Red Bull Nanshan Open: http://vimeo.com/9039630
8th Red Bull Nanshan Open CCTV5 special: http://vimeo.com/10543939