Snowboard stars head south for Burton NZ Open and Swatch TTR points

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 28, 2010 4:36 pm

Snowboard stars from around the globe are set to descend on Wanaka, New Zealand for the upoming 2010 Burton New Zealand Open. The NZ Open, a 5Star event on the Swatch TTR World Tour, will take place August 10-14, 2010 at Cardrona Alpine Resort and will include both halfpipe and slopestyle events.

Following the highly successful Billabong Ante Up in Whistler, the Burton NZ Open marks the second 5Star event of the 2010/11 TTR Tour season, giving riders another shot at grabbing valuable early season points before competition heats up again in the North.

The event features a hefty prize purse worth approximately $50,000 NZD, so riders will be throwing down even more than usual.

Norwegian rider, Gjermund Braaten, is currently sitting in World No. 1 in the TTR rankings after a good finish at the first 5Star event of the season. Hot on Braaten’s heels in the World Rankings is young Canadian ripper, Mark McMorris, currently in World No. 2 and American contest machine, Chas Guldemond, who owns the World No. 3 position. Other top male riders that are scheduled to attend include Jack Mitrani (USA), Louie Vito (USA) and Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN).

The women’s field of competitors is also looking equally strong for the 2010 NZ Open, especially the line-up of slopestyle riders, which should make for some interesting competition. With two previous TTR World Champions, Jamie Anderson (USA), and Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), riding alongside slopestyle specialists Kjersti Buaas (NOR) and Sina Candrian (SUI), the ladies’ field is going to have to bring their A-game for a shot at a podium spot.