Chloe Kim (USA) and Shaun White (USA) earned the winning US Open halfpipe titles at the 34th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships, walking away $45,000 dollars richer and adding their names to the legendary list of halfpipe winners—in Shaun’s case for the sixth time. The field of 10 men and six women were treated to a perfectly sculpted 22-foot pipe and an energetic, packed crowd at Vail Mountain in a best of three-run finals format.
Shaun White (USA) thrilled the crowd earning the top two scores of the day, maintaining a seven-point lead throughout the competition. He dominated the halfpipe with a technically difficult and stylish run showing that he is still the reigning king of the pipe. Shaun took his run to a whole new height landing what might have been his biggest air ever, coming up even with the 25-foot tall height meter on his first backside hit. From there he blasted into a frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, to Cab double cork 1080 melon, into a frontside inverted 540 stalefish, backside double cork 1260 Japan, finishing with a frontside double cork 1260 stalefish.
This win follows a two-year hiatus from the US Open following his most recent wins in 2013 and 2012. Shaun said of this win, “It feels great – every time I show up I want to win just as badly as the time before. I took last season off to get pumped on the sport again. I just wanted to have some fun and take a little breather from contests. Now that I’m back, it feels right, it feels good.” Shaun added, “I’ve been coming to this event since I was a little kid. It’s not only a tradition, it’s one of the world’s best events. Look at the crowd today it was incredible!”
Benjamin Ferguson (USA) moved into second place on his last run with a score of 88.62 and defending champion Taku Hiraoka (JPN) landed in third place with a score of 88.25.
After earning a second place finish in 2015, 15-year old Chloe Kim (USA) wasn’t content to just win the US Open, she was determined to win it with her very best run. Chloe earned the top score on her first run and held it through the finals. As the last rider to drop with victory assured, Chloe took the opportunity to show the crowd exactly why she’s the very best. She started off with a massive backside air traveling nearly 30 feet down the pipe, followed by a frontside 1080 tailgrab, into a Cab 1080 stalefish, ending on a frontside 540 Indy for an improved top score of 89.37.
Chloe says, “I wasn’t really stoked on my first run. For me, my goal is to be happy with my riding at the end of every contest. So I just wanted to get a rebate on it and just grab everything a little better and go a little bigger. I’m stoked I put it down on my third!”
Xuetong Cai (CHN) took second place with a score of 82.99 following a fourth place finish in 2015, and eight-time US Open halfpipe champion Kelly Clark landed in third with a score of 79.00.
Clif Bar, the Official Performance Nutrition partner of the Burton US Open, presented the CLIF ‘Raise the Bar’ Awards for the second year running. These awards reward creativity and style by spotlighting the best throwback trick in the halfpipe. Ayumu Nedefuji took the honors for his massive Japan air and Hannah Teter’s backside Indy got our judges attention—both riders take home $2,500!
Men's Halfipe Finals Results:
1. Shaun White, BURTON, 95.62
2. Benjamin Ferguson, BURTON, 88.62
3. Taku Hiraoka, BURTON, 88.25
4. Matthew Ladley, NIKE, 84.25
5. Judd Henkes, BILLABONG, 77.12
6. Greg Bretz, RED BULL, 76.87
7. Scotty James, RED BULL, 75.75
8. Danny Davis, BURTON, 70.49
9. Ayumu Nedefuji, YONEX, 68.25
10. Raibu Katayama, BURTON, 63.99
Women's Halfpipe Finals Results:
1. Chloe Kim, BURTON, 89.37
2. Xuetong Cai, NIKE, 82.99
3. Kelly Clark, BURTON, 79.00
The Burton US Open party continues from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm MST in Vail Village with the US Open halfpipe finals awards ceremony on the Solaris Concert Stage, leading into a night of funky, soulful fun with the 25-year-old GRiZ (Grant Kwiecinski). This self-described “saxophone playing, electronic funk music producer” from Detroit, Michigan has been dominating the world of electronic music headlining some of the nation’s top venues from New York to Los Angeles.
The Saturday night party continues at the US Open Closing Event at Dobson Ice Arena presented by Leafly, featuring a lineup of live DJs including DJ Cre8, DJ Numark, and DJ Craze from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am MST. All events are free and open to the public.
For additional details on all things Burton US Open, including a complete list of results, concerts, product demos, Burton Girls happenings, kids’ Learn To Ride opportunities, and the history of the longest-running snowboard event in the world, head to BurtonUSOpen.com and follow along using #BurtonUSOpen. You’ll also find highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more.