Canadian Mark McMorris and American Jamie Anderson opened up their 2011-2012 Burton Global Open Series seasons with Slopestyle wins at the Burton New Zealand Open today.
The eight year old event is being held at the Cardona Alpine Resort in New Zealand this year, and features both men’s and women’s Slopestyle and Half Pipe disciplines.
The Slopestyle finals, which were held at 9 am this morning New Zealand Standard Time, didn’t fail to excite the crowds as it saw Canadian Sebastien Toutant complete back to back doubles.
Still, Mcmorris’ second run, which consisted of a Fullcab Stall, Cab 270 Frontboard to fakie, Halfcab 50-50 to Backside 360, Backside 1080 Double Cork Mute, and Frontside 900 Melon to a Cab 1260 Nosegrab, were enough to edge out his countryman, Toutant, by .35 of a point with a final score of 90.90.
On the women’s side, things were business as usual for Jamie Anderson, who has won this event four straight years. She dominated the competition, and her final score of 88.83 was more than four points better than the second place finisher, Østgaard Buaas Kjerst of Norway.
The women’s event didn’t totally lack drama though, as the New Zealander Shelly Gotlieb attempted the first ever women’s double. Unfortunately, she wasn’t successful, and finished seventh out of the eight competitors.
For McMorris and Anderson, besides for the $7,000 purse, they each received boosts in the TTR World Rankin, with McMorris coming out 4th in the world, and Anderson increasing her lead over her competition.
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