re-sized winning contestants at Burton Open

The TTR Burton US Open hosts a spectacular week of events

The TTR Burton US Open kicked off on the 5th March in Stratton, Vermont and comes to an end today. This is its 30th Anniversary and after three decades of making snowboarding history, the US Open had plenty to celebrate. For 2012 this iconic event featured the best line-up of competition, entertainment and activities ever presented.

TTR Burton US Open 2012 in Vermont

Shaun White can still out perform others at the age of 35!

The one and only Shaun White

After a contest season that started with 1st place at the Oakley Beijing Air & Style last December and followed up with two 2nd second place finishes at the Burn River Jump last month, the Norwegian Ulrik Badertscher pulled of another 2nd place finish at the Burton US Open – a repeat of his 2010 US Open result and one of the biggest contests of the year.

Ulrik Badertscher

It was Canadian Sebastien Toutant, who came in first though, posting the day’s only score in the 90s to beat the Norwegian. The win leaves Toutant on top of the podium for the overall Burton Global Open Series, ahead of Smits and Badertscher, and also gives him the win in the overall TTR World Snowboard Tour slopestyle rankings for the season, ahead of American rider Chas Guldemond and Finnish rider Roope Tonteri.

“It was definitely tough: In my first two runs I couldn’t put down the Cab 12,” Toutant said, after the competition, noting that drastic changes in the weather over the course of the day made it difficult to adjust. “But I stomped my last run and finished first in the end, so it’s actually a good day.”

Toutant’s winning run featured a hardway 270 backside lipslide to fakie in the top rail section, a Cab 1260 melon grab and frontside double cork 1080 mute in the jumps, a frontside wallride to 270 out, and a 50-50 to backside rodeo melon grab nosebone off the cannon in the jib section at the bottom of the course…. and if you need a snowboarding dictionary to decipher that little lot I wouldn’t blame you!

Sebastien Toutant – ‘Toots’

Seppe Smits from Belgium took third place. “It was pretty harsh today and conditions weren’t really easy,” Smits said, happy to be on the podium. “I was having trouble landing my first couple of runs and I was having trouble in training as well, so in run three I just wanted to lay one down and have fun with it.”

Jamie Anderson is officially undefeated in the 2012 Burton Global Open Series competition after defeating Norwegian rider Kjersti Buaas and Finnish rider Enni Rukajärvi to top the women’s slopestyle podium Friday morning.  Anderson has nailed each event starting with the Burton New Zealand Open in August, the Burton Canadian Open in January, the Burton European Open last week, and the TTR World Snowboard Tour. Her perfect 2011-2012 BGOS score puts her well ahead of Rukajärvi and Buaas in the overall standings, and she finishes the 2011-2012 TTR World Tour ahead of Canadian rider Spencer O’Brien and Rukajärvi.

Her other TTR wins this season include the 5 Star Roxy Snow Pro in September, the 3 Star 100 Percent Pure New Zealand Winter Games in August, and the 4 Star Billabong Slope-Style in August. She took second place at the 6 Star World Snowboarding Championships in February. That’s quite an impressive list of firsts! “It feels great!” she said.

Jamie Anderson

But it was Stale Sandbech who claimed the overall World Tour TTR Title. 19-year old Stale had a strong season starting with a 3rd place at the Burton New Zealand Open slopestyle. He then proceeded to stomp it throughout the season following up with a 3rd at the Beijing Air & Style and continuously ripping in all disciplines to end up with a monumental total of 3852.90 tour points. With his super smooth style, Stale is one to watch for the future…

Stale Sandbech

Stale Sandbech - overall winner at the TTR World Open

photo courtesy of SportsVision

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