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US Open Snowboarding Championship starts tonight

March 20, 2009

The best men and women in the world of snowboarding have been gathering at the Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont for the 27th US Open Snowboarding World Champioship – the action starts tonight at 6:15 p.m. with an invitational quarterpipe competition followed by a concert at 8:00 p.m. in the USO Sponsor Village at the Sunbowl.

Top riders including  Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter and Olympic hopefuls like Kevin Pearce, Ellery Hollingsworth and Charles Reid plan to attend the event. Hardly surprising as it is one of the first snowboarding events in the world to offer male and female competitors equal winnings, the US Open’s prize purse includes over $200,000 in cash and prizes.

Thanks to US Open sponsor Volvo Cars North America, the Volvo Most Valuable Rider Award will go to the overall top male and female who will both drive away in brand new Volvo XC-60s. Amp Energy will be awarding riders a $3,000 cash prize each for men’s and women’s highest air in quarterpipe and men’s and women’s best trick in halfpipe. Also, as part of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, the USO will play host to the presentation of the Men’s Swatch TTR World Tour Champion award. This prestigious honour and $50,000 cash will be awarded to the top male leading the 08/09 TTR ranking list.

This year’s Open features a different competition schedule than the past few years with all events and concerts taking place at the Sunbowl area of Stratton Mountain.  

Saturday, March 21st will feature men’s and women’s semi-final and final halfpipe competitions, an autograph session in the sponsor village, topped off with a concert immediately following the halfpipe awards presentation at 4:15 p.m. in the Sunbowl.

Sunday, March 22nd, will kick off with the junior jam halfpipe competition, followed by men’s and women’s slopestyle finals, after which three major titles will be awarded: the $100,000 Burton Global Open Series men’s and women’s title, the Volvo Most Valuable Rider Award and the Men’s Swatch TTR World Tour Champion award.

Below are the top ten men in the world rankings followed by the top ten women 

MENS STANDINGS
Rank Competitor Sponsor Nation Points
1 Guldemond, Chas        DC | ROCKSTAR | ELECTRIC USA 44032
2 Reid, Charles BURTON | OAKLEY | NOMIS | AXIS CAN 40449
3 Aguirre, Mason BURTON | SMITH | FRENDS | NIXON USA 38268
4 Malin, Markus 32 | DRAGON | POW FIN 37343
5 Mitrani, Luke BURTON | FRENDS USA 33771
6 Maurer, Stephan BURTON | OAKLEY | NIXON | CLAST | SIGSAGSUG SUI 30912
7 Kotsenburg, Sage QUIKSILVER | DC | CAPITA | CELTEK | NEFF | MILO USA 27666
8 Davis, Danny BURTON | ANALOG | DRAGON | FRENDS | HIGHCASCADE | MOUNTAINDEW | NIXON USA 27561
9 Pearce, Kevin BURTON | VOLCOM | OAKLEY | RED | FRENDS | NIXON USA 25641
10 Mitrani, Jack BURTON | OAKLEY USA 25454
WOMENS STANDINGS
Rank Competitor Sponsor Nation Points
1 Anderson, Jamie BILLABONG | DVS | ELECTRIC | ROCKSTAR | GRENADE | SKULLCANDY USA 43953
2 Rennie, Kara NIKITA | BATALEON | CELSIUS CAN 32252
3 Mittermueller, Silvia OAKLEY | ROME | VANS | EESA GER 31056
4 Karlinski, Jordie NIKITA | SCOTT | K2 USA 30373
5 Wiik, Lisa ROXY | DC | NITRO | SKULLCANDY | DAKINE | BERN NOR 28534
6 Davis-meehan, Michaela BILLABONG | K2 | SMITH AUS 26343
7 O´Brien, Spencer BURTON | DRAGON | ETNIES | VESTAL CAN 25919
8 Reid, Raewyn DC CAN 25912
9 Candrian, Sina BURTON | ANON | RED SUI 25530
10 Pancochova, Sarka BERN | FLOW | NUGGET | REDBULL | SPY CZE 25099
A crowd in excess of 40,000 people are expected to attend the event which will without doubt have its fair share of thrills and spills. If you cannot make it to Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont you can watch all of the semi-finals and finals live on March 21 and 22 on Go211.com, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event concludes. NBC will show all the action on Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST.
Just to whet the appetite we have put a video from GerryPallor of the 2008 US Open Snowboarding Championship which needless to say features Shaun White, Mason Aguirre and Kevin Pearce in the halfpipe competition. The competition this year is going to be no less intense.
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