The 31st annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championship saw the conclusion of its epic halfpipe competition on the slopes of Vail Mountain. This was the first year the event was held at the Colorado resort, and brought in record crowds. Victory went to non-other-than Shaun White for the men’s division and Kelly Clark for the women.
Shaun White is one of the most dominating forces in the sport, and his performance in Saturday’s finale reinforced why he is at the top. The rider put together an absolutely untouchable second run that earned a top score of 95.58. His winning run featured a backside air, frontside 1080 double cork stalefish grab, Cab 1080 double cork melon grab, frontside 540 stalefish grab, backside 1260 double McTwist mute grab, to a frontside 1260 double cork stalefish grab. In addition to capturing his fifth US Open halfpipe title, White also claimed the top five highest trick scores of the day.
Ayumu Hirano, the fourteen-year-old snowboarding phenomenon rode like a veteran to earn a high score of 87.40, claiming second place. The win also solidified the young athlete as the World Snowboard Tour Halfpipe Champion for 2013, making him the youngest rider ever to claim the title. Louie Vito rounded out the podium in third with an overall score of 79.58.
Kelly Clark maintained her position at the pinnacle of women’s snowboarding with her sixth US Open halfpipe championship title. She took the lead early in the game earning an 84.45 for her run, which featured a frontside 1080 Indy, grab, Cab 720 mute grab, lien air, backside 540 mute grab to a frontside 720 stalefish grab. Clark not only won her third World Snowboard title, but also now has the most halfpipe titles in US Open history! Furthermore, this victory puts her overall career halfpipe wins to 61 — which is the most of any snowboarder, regardless of gender.
“Being the winningest US Open champ is such an honor, it’s a big win for me today, especially since I grew up going to this event and it inspired me to be a snowboarder,” said Kelly Clark.
Clark shared the podium with fellow snowboarding greats Hannah Teter, who came in second place with an 82.13 and Arielle Gold who rounded out the podium in third with a score of 80.88. Gold also claimed the highest scoring trick of the competition with a massive frontside 900 mute grab.
In addition to the overall win and highest scoring trick, there was a $3,000 Nokia Rookie Award given to Chloe Kim and Taylor Gold. These athletes were chosen based upon their standings in the World Snowboard Points List, combined with their individual competition results and progressive riding.
Men’s Halfpipe Final Results:
1. Shaun White USA, BURTON, 95.58 – $45,000
2. Ayumu Hirano JPN, BURTON, 87.40 – $20,000
3. Louie Vito USA, RED BULL, 79.58 – $10,000
Women’s Halfpipe Final Results:
1. Kelly Clark USA, BURTON, 84.45 – $45,000
2. Hannah Teter USA, BURTON, 82.13 – $20,000
3. Arielle Gold USA, BURTON, 80.88 – $10,000