BEO 2013 Mega Post


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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

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

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

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

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?)

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

Jamie Nicholls trying to add some boost to his base


Top of the course stairset press to start things off

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

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

Some intense lapping going on with the drag lift right alongside the course

Jamie Nicholls taking you to spin city

Jamie Nicholls taking you to spin city

Eric Beauchemin was making the place smoke with his fiery maneuvs

Eric Beauchemin was making the place smoke with his fiery maneuvs

When all else fails, do a method! Morten Kleivdal sky-hooking

When all else fails, do a method! Morten Kleivdal sky-hooking

Stale Sandbech gapping to switch back board

Stale Sandbech gapping to switch back board

UFO double wildcat

UFO double wildcat

Seb Toots tail grab pole jam into third place

Seb Toots tail grab pole jam into third place

Sven Thorgren sets the spin cycle to high

Sven Thorgren sets the spin cycle to high

Style, Alek Oestreng's got it

Style, Alek Oestreng's got it

Even when he's getting side-swiped by the on-course MINI

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

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

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 dropping in

Arthur Longo getting out

Arthur Longo getting out

Johann Baisamy pops up to check out a line he wants to do after the comp

Johann Baisamy pops up to check out a line he wants to do after the comp

David Habluetzel sends one from half court...

David Habluetzel sends one from half court...

...and it's a BRICK!

...and it's a BRICK!

Lucien Koch does his best divebomber impression

Lucien Koch does his best divebomber impression

I-pod snagging tail and 2nd place

I-pod snagging tail and 2nd place

Lucien Koch whipping it, real good

Lucien Koch whipping it, real good

UFO pipe drifter

UFO pipe drifter

Taylor Gold making some noise for the US and A!

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!

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!"

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!

40 beers, please!

Sami Tuoriniemi, all-access & unlimited drinks!

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.

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!

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 and LAAX 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.

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