Chloe Kim (USA) and Shaun White (USA) soundly defended their respective halfpipe titles here at the 35th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. It was a legendary day of halfpipe riding as the field of 10 men and five women competed in Vail Mountain’s perfectly sculpted 22-foot pipe described by competitors as ‘almost too good to be true.’ Both winners earned $45,000 and the honor of the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe title in this finale of the halfpipe contest season andone of the last major contests ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Sixteen-year-old Chloe Kim (USA) defended her title for a second year in a row. Kim improved her score on each consecutive run finishing with an 87.12 on her third and final run. Kim started off with a huge backside air, traveling down the pipe with a massive frontside 1080 tail, into a Cab 720 melon, frontside 900 and finishing with a crowd pleasing McTwist Indy.
Kim was clearly happy with her result today, she says, “I’ve been coming to the U.S. Open for such a long time and it’s always so nice to be back. Today I was just super hyped with the way I was riding and it feels really good to put one down.”
Elena Hight (USA) took second place with a score of 80.12, and Maddie Mastro (USA) landed in third with a score of 78.25. Kelly Clark (USA) unfortunately was unable to compete due to a fall during practice.
Shaun White came ready with an arsenal of tricks to defend his title against a packed field of contenders. White says, “I wanted to come out of the gate swinging. I knew everyone was going to be going for their hardest runs. I had to step it up.” And step it up he did, White put down his most progressive run ever posting a score of 92.74, winning with a nearly 10-point lead. His run started off with a lofty backside air, into a frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, upping the ante with a Cab double cork 1440 mute, into a frontside 540 stalefish, a backside double McTwist, and ending with a frontside 900 tail. This is the first time in competition that White has landed his Cab double cork 1440 followed by a double McTwist 1260 in what was a history-making halfpipe run at the final event of the 35th annual Burton U.S. Open.
Scotty James (AUS) took second place with a score of 82.87, and Chase Josey (USA) secured third place with a score of 79.87.
Clif Bar awarded the Clif ‘Raise the Bar’ Awards for the third year running. These awards reward creativity and style by spotlighting the best throwback trick in the halfpipe. Danny Davis won the men’s award with his fronside alley oop Indy on the first hit of the pipe. Maddie Mastro won the award for the women with her stylish frontside 540 stalefish also on the first hit.
Women’s Halfpipe Finals Results
1. Chloe Kim (USA), BURTON, 87.12
2. Elena Hight (USA), VOLCOM, 80.12
3. Maddie Mastro (USA), BILLABONG, 78.25
4. Sena Tomita (JPN), HEAD SNOWBOARDS, 77.00
5. Haruna Matsumoto (JPN), SALOMON, 75.00
Men’s Halfpipe Finals Results
1. Shaun White (USA), BURTON, 92.74
2. Scotty James (AUS), RED BULL, 82.87
3. Chase Josey (USA), ROCKSTAR, 79.87
4. Iouri Podlatchikov (SUI), MONSTER ENERGY, 78.24
5. Raibu Katayama (JPN), BURTON, 77.75
6. Danny Davis (USA), BURTON, 59.50
7. Ayumu Hirano (JPN), NIKE, 51.00
8. Pat Burgener (SUI), SAMSUNG, 46.87
9. David Habluetzel (SUI), RED BULL, 44.87
10. Jake Pates (USA), ROCKSTAR, 38.62
For details on all things U.S. Open, follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to BurtonUSOpen.com or download the officialBurton U.S. Open app on your mobile device. You’ll find a full list of invited riders, live music, product demos, Burton Girls happenings, Kids Learn To Ride opportunities, and the history of the longest-running snowboard event in the world.
About the Burton U.S. Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from February 27th– March 4th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages.A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 35th edition of the Burton U.S. Open: Toyota, Town of Vail, Pacifico, Clif Bar & Company, Paul Mitchell, G-Shock, Stoli, The Woolmark Company, G-Form, Rethink Water, Boa, Red Bull, anon., Burton Girls and Vail Mountain.
About Vail Mountain
Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities through Epic Discovery, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.