Vail, CO (March 6, 2015) — Yuki Kadono (JPN) and Jamie Anderson (USA) earned the winning slopestyle titles today at the 33rd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. Both riders are ending the 2015 competitive slopestyle season on top, taking home $45,000 and the 2015 US Open slopestyle title, with Kadono putting down a historic run featuring the first ever back-to-back 1620s in competition.
Once again, snowboarding history was made at the Burton US Open, which is renowned for its record-breaking moments. Both Kadono and Mark McMorris gave the crowds an unforgettable show by nailing trick combinations that had never been done in any other snowboarding competition to date. Sunny skies overhead, a perfect course and a generous three-run format gave competitors every opportunity to put down their best runs.
It was a huge day in men’s slopestyle with the field of 27 men narrowed down to the final 10 in the morning’s rescheduled semi-finals. The three run format was key in Yuki Kadono’s history-making run as he clinched the victory with a score of 90.05 in his third and final run, starting with a switch backside 270 on to 270 out, to a lipslide to fakie, to a half Cab on backside 360 out in the upper rail section, into a frontside double cork 1080 mute off the first jump, backside triple cork 1620 mute, to a switch backside triple cork 1620 melon—a first-ever combination of back-to-back 1620s in competition.
Kadono said, “I know there are other riders here who are better than me, but I came into this contest to win, and that’s what I did.” As for landing his historic run, he explained, “I already had that run in mind,” adding, “The tricks I do in competition, I usually don’t do in practice.” In other words, he had never even tried that combination before landing it at today’s US Open.
Mark McMorris was in the lead for the entire competition until Kadono upset the scores with his unprecedented run. McMorris earned an 87.80 on his second run, linking a frontside triple cork 1440 mute into a backside triple cork 1440 mute—another competition first. Tyler Nicholson (CAN) landed in third place with a score of 77.20.
McMorris said, “That was only the second or third frontside triple I’d ever tried. The stars aligned with perfect weather and a good course.”
In the women’s field, Jamie Anderson took the lead early setting the unbeatable high score of 90.95 on her first run, putting down a Cab 270 to tailslide, switch boardslide to regular, boardslide 270 out on the upper rail section, into a backside 540, Cab 720 nosegrab, to a switch backside 540. This makes four US Open slopestyle titles for Jamie Anderson.
Anna Gasser (AUT) took second place with an 82.55 and Spencer O’ Brien (CAN) landed in third with an 82.05.
Anderson said, “This event was pretty heavy pressure, it’s the biggest event of the year and the last one so I really wanted to ride strong and consistent. I worked really hard on my rail line the last couple days and I wanted that to be locked down. So for me I just wanted to have a consistent run top to bottom.”
In addition to today’s slopestyle titles, Burton is proud to partner with MINI and Clif Bar & Company to present two special awards—the Clif ‘Raise the’ Bar award and the MINI Feature award. The first Clif ‘Raise the’ Bar Award, which aims to encourage and reward creativity and style by spotlighting the most creative and innovative slopestyle trick on any feature, will be presented to Enni Rukajärvi for her Cab 720 mute grab and to Sven Thorgren for his Cab 1260 roast beef nose grab. Both riders will take home $2,500 each.
The MINI Feature Award is a competition between slopestyle designers at the Burton High Fives in New Zealand, the Burton European Open at LAAX and the Burton US Open at Vail Mountain, with each team building one unique feature representing their idea of innovation. This year’s award goes to LAAX, beating out Vail Mountain and Cardrona with a massive halfpipe structure featuring two corners and several straight jump options. The award will be presented at tonight’s awards ceremony at the Solaris Concert Stage.
Today’s slopestyle finals also determined the first ever World Snowboard Tour Pro Series champions with Jamie Anderson and Mark McMorris taking home the slopestyle titles. The best two results out of three Pro Series events determined the final results. The awards ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow at the Solaris Concert stage, where the Pro Series Halfpipe Champions will also be announced.
Women's Slopestyle Finals Results:
1. Jamie Anderson, OAKLEY, 90.95
2. Anna Gasser, RED BULL, 82.55
3. Spencer O’Brien, NIKE, 82.05
Men's SlopesTyle Finals Results:
1. Yuki Kadono, RIDE, 90.05
2. Mark McMorris, BURTON, 87.80
3. Tyler Nicholson, ROCKSTAR, 77.20
4. Sven Thorgren, OAKLEY, 76.80
5. Niklas Mattsson, ROME, 75.30
6. Eric Beauchemin, US SNOWBOARDING, 71.70