We wrapped up another wunderbar Burton European Open last weekend. Shredders were sending it on the slopestyle course and people were pumping it in the pipe. The weather was a bit hectic this year, which made for less competing and more powder turns (which is never a bad thing at LAAX). There was a mad pow disease epidemic going around and everyone left with infected grins on their pow-covered faces, and THAT is what it's all about! Here are some shots we snapped when the comp was actually on, plus some video recaps. Photos are by Seth Hill, ADT and TAG. Look out next week for our "Comp's Canceled" edit to see what we got into with some of the riders deep in the Swiss Fondue!
Morten Kleivdal dropping into the shredosphere looking like Felix Baumgartner
Executive squad: Hasi, Gary Greenshields, Kevin Keller and MC Patsch on the scene at the slope semis
Norway's economy is slipping, RK1 kids asking for spare change, Alek Oestreng, Ståle Sandbech and filmer Olav Stubbz
Alek Oestreng, Roope Tonteri and Ulrik Badertscher about throw Keller overboard if their demands are not met
Doppelgangers lurking in the stands, David Doom and Tom Kingsnorth (is that Danny Burrows behind them?)
Jamie Nicholls trying to add some boost to his base
Top of the course stairset press to start things off
Brett Moody sending it through the 3 big booters on the world-class slopestyle course
Some intense lapping going on with the drag lift right alongside the course
Jamie Nicholls taking you to spin city
Eric Beauchemin was making the place smoke with his fiery maneuvs
When all else fails, do a method! Morten Kleivdal sky-hooking
Stale Sandbech gapping to switch back board
UFO double wildcat
Seb Toots tail grab pole jam into third place
Sven Thorgren sets the spin cycle to high
Style, Alek Oestreng's got it
Even when he's getting side-swiped by the on-course MINI
Mark McMorris is on FIRE right now, squared up like a G into 2nd place
Here's a video wrap-up from slopestyle plus some powder footy from the day the finals were canceled, including Torstein Horgmo
's winning run from semis which became the official results because of the snow storm. Trust us, no one was complaining about the finals being canceled, least of all us!
A pipe dragon came through, tore this perfectly shaped U-ditch on the side of the mountain and then flew away
Arthur Longo dropping in
Arthur Longo getting out
Johann Baisamy pops up to check out a line he wants to do after the comp
David Habluetzel sends one from half court...
...and it's a BRICK!
Lucien Koch does his best divebomber impression
I-pod snagging tail and 2nd place
Lucien Koch whipping it, real good
UFO pipe drifter
Taylor Gold making some noise for the US and A!
14-year old Ayumu Hirano with a "mellow" double overhead backside air on his winning run....Yo, peep that pow in the background! That's where I'm headed!
Here are the top 3 pipe runs with wieners Scotty Lago, Iouri Podladtchikov
and Mu Mu Hirano
, plus a little highlight clip:
Henry Jackson was on a tirade at the media dinner about commencing a "Skihad" and eliminating all infidels and nonbelievers. Check out the sign in the background, apparently it was "time to drink champagne and dance on the tables!"
40 beers, please!
Sami Tuoriniemi, all-access & unlimited drinks!
Apparently Pope Benedict quit to go snowboarding! Lukas Goller with his badass one-of-a-kind Evil Pope snowboard.
Henry Jackson commiting random acts of terror in the powder on the last day, backflip into a pack of skiers!
Thanks to everyone at Burton
for some super days full of high-flying action, incredibly fluffy powder and all the free drinks. As always, we shall return next year! Next stop, Vail, Colorado for the Burton US Open.opensnowboarding.com