The Burton Qualifiers amateur snowboard tour is a wrap after this weekend's finals event at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. Winners from all five previous stops along the tour converged on The Streets, Seven Springs' infamous urban setup, to battle it out for the overall tour podium and the day's $10k prize purse.
The 15 & Under division kicked off the day in a hail storm of hammers. Jack Coyne followed up his win at the Boreal, California, stop with a first place finish here in the finals. To no surprise it was the winner from stop #2 at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, Alex Atno in second. Following suit, first place winner all the way from the opening stop at Trollhaugen, Wisconsin, Zeke Oppegaard, slipped in for third. From first place in qualifiers to podium in the finals--that's what it's all about!
A thick wintery mix settled in when the Open Division stepped up to the plate. With fog looming over the course like smoke on a battlefield, the finalists strapped in and got to work. It was clear early on that the day would go to Trollhaugen, Wisconsin's first place winner, Benny Milam, who laid down the biggest tricks of the day with casual style. Fellow qualifier, Garret McKenzie, who took the top spot at Mountain Creek, New Jersey, came in with tons of creativity and some huge presses for second. Third place went to the first place finisher from Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, River Richer, who rode with skill beyond his years and a masterfully curated trick selection.
The vibes were high. Riders flew in from across North America, which created an amazing mix of styles and personalities. It was the culmination of a tour filled with memorable moments, and showcased the level of talent that these young amateur riders are bringing to the future of snowboarding.
This was the sixth and final stop of the Burton Qualifiers amateur snowboard tour. For full results and recaps from all six stops, head to BurtonQualifiers.com.