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US Open Snowboarding Championship starts tonight

The best men and women in the world of snowboarding have been gathering at the Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont for the 27th US Open Snowboarding World Champioship – the action starts tonight at 6:15 p.m. with an invitational quarterpipe competition followed by a concert at 8:00 p.m. in the USO Sponsor Village at the Sunbowl.

Top riders including Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter and Olympic hopefuls like Kevin Pearce, Ellery Hollingsworth and Charles Reid plan to attend the event. Hardly surprising as it is one of the first snowboarding events in the world to offer male and female competitors equal winnings, the US Open’s prize purse includes over $200,000 in cash and prizes.

Thanks to US Open sponsor Volvo Cars North America, the Volvo Most Valuable Rider Award will go to the overall top male and female who will both drive away in brand new Volvo XC-60s. Amp Energy will be awarding riders a $3,000 cash prize each for men’s and women’s highest air in quarterpipe and men’s and women’s best trick in halfpipe. Also, as part of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, the USO will play host to the presentation of the Men’s Swatch TTR World Tour Champion award. This prestigious honour and $50,000 cash will be awarded to the top male leading the 08/09 TTR ranking list.

This year’s Open features a different competition schedule than the past few years with all events and concerts taking place at the Sunbowl area of Stratton Mountain.

Saturday, March 21st will feature men’s and women’s semi-final and final halfpipe competitions, an autograph session in the sponsor village, topped off with a concert immediately following the halfpipe awards presentation at 4:15 p.m. in the Sunbowl.

Sunday, March 22nd, will kick off with the junior jam halfpipe competition, followed by men’s and women’s slopestyle finals, after which three major titles will be awarded: the $100,000 Burton Global Open Series men’s and women’s title, the Volvo Most Valuable Rider Award and the Men’s Swatch TTR World Tour Champion award.

Below are the top ten men in the world rankings followed by the top ten women

MENS STANDINGS
RankCompetitorSponsorNationPoints
1Guldemond, ChasDC | ROCKSTAR | ELECTRICUSA44032
2Reid, CharlesBURTON | OAKLEY | NOMIS | AXISCAN40449
3Aguirre, MasonBURTON | SMITH | FRENDS | NIXONUSA38268
4Malin, Markus32 | DRAGON | POWFIN37343
5Mitrani, LukeBURTON | FRENDSUSA33771
6Maurer, StephanBURTON | OAKLEY | NIXON | CLAST | SIGSAGSUGSUI30912
7Kotsenburg, SageQUIKSILVER | DC | CAPITA | CELTEK | NEFF | MILOUSA27666
8Davis, DannyBURTON | ANALOG | DRAGON | FRENDS | HIGHCASCADE | MOUNTAINDEW | NIXONUSA27561
9Pearce, KevinBURTON | VOLCOM | OAKLEY | RED | FRENDS | NIXONUSA25641
10Mitrani, JackBURTON | OAKLEYUSA25454
WOMENS STANDINGS
RankCompetitorSponsorNationPoints
1Anderson, Jamie BILLABONG | DVS | ELECTRIC | ROCKSTAR | GRENADE | SKULLCANDYUSA43953
2Rennie, KaraNIKITA | BATALEON | CELSIUSCAN32252
3Mittermueller, Silvia OAKLEY | ROME | VANS | EESAGER31056
4Karlinski, JordieNIKITA | SCOTT | K2USA30373
5Wiik, LisaROXY | DC | NITRO | SKULLCANDY | DAKINE | BERNNOR28534
6Davis-meehan, MichaelaBILLABONG | K2 | SMITHAUS26343
7O´Brien, SpencerBURTON | DRAGON | ETNIES | VESTALCAN25919
8Reid, RaewynDCCAN25912
9Candrian, SinaBURTON | ANON | REDSUI25530
10Pancochova, SarkaBERN | FLOW | NUGGET | REDBULL | SPYCZE25099
A crowd in excess of 40,000 people are expected to attend the event which will without doubt have its fair share of thrills and spills. If you cannot make it to Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont you can watch all of the semi-finals and finals live on March 21 and 22 on Go211.com, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event concludes. NBC will show all the action on Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST.
Just to whet the appetite we have put a video from GerryPallor of the 2008 US Open Snowboarding Championship which needless to say features Shaun White, Mason Aguirre and Kevin Pearce in the halfpipe competition. The competition this year is going to be no less intense.

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