Progressive riding at Burton AM Tour 2008/09
From the first stop in Bispingen to the events in Castleford and Landgraaf it has been obvious that the tour is the perfect setup for the kids to be creative and show their best riding.
Currently, the rankings are dominated by the Netherlands and the UK: Dutch riders Gino Rupp (14, Youth Boys), Aston Egelmeers (15, Junior Boys) and Rachida Aoulad-El-Haj-Amar (15, Junior Girls) all dominate their categories while British shred Katie Ormerod (11) is in the lead in the Youth Girls category.
All Burton AM Tour stops are Swatch TTR 2-star events and all participants collect points for the Swatch TTR World Ranking. The 4 overall AM Tour winners will win a full Burton European Open 2010 package, which contains the starting slot for the slopestyle competition, the on-site board and lodging and last but not least a Volvo VIP transport from their home to the Burton European Open in Laax 2010 and back. The overall tour winners will be crowned at the last stop on the glacier of Val Senales (Italy) on 28 March 2009.
Ivar Fougstedt, Burton Europe’s Marketing Director, is just as stoked as everyone on the current tour: “This season the Burton AM Tour shows it has grown into a truly international contest series: At all stops, riders from various European countries and even overseas have taken part. It is amazing to see how the kids manage to step up their game year after year. We believe that the Burton AM Tour is one of the best ways to promote and push our sport.”
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For one week it was all about the subject “art on snow” in the Kleinwalsertal. The unique art project succeeded to bridge the board riders art and the sport itself with exhibitions, vernissages, workshops, movie screenings and several parties.
After Sandra Frei and Seth Wescott had missed the World Championships title about two years ago so close, the Swiss and the US-American secured victory in the second Snowboard Cross of the 2009 Snowboard FIS World Cup.