Burton US Open: Buaas and Guldemond win
Chas Guldemond (USA) and Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas (NOR) won slopestyle finals. Chas Guldemond and Jamie Anderson (USA) are the new Burton Global Open Series Champions.
Scotty Lago (USA) and Kjersti Buaas will be driving new Volvo XC60s after winning the Volvo Most Valuable Rider Awards. And last but not least, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) was crowned the new Men's TTR World Tour Champion, claiming 50.000 US Dollar for his amazing efforts throughout the 2008/2009 TTR season.
Chas rode home with 145.000 US Dollar today, he had this to say of his win, "I really wanted to do good on the Global Open Series, but I never planned on this. I really appreciate the people above that took care of me, and everyone along the way. This is such a great day."
At the beginning of slopestyle finals, the variable weather conditions constantly switched between sun, clouds, snow and wind. The women got caught in a snow squall during their first runs, but after about 20 minutes, the clouds magically parted and the sun came out. After a sticky snowfall, riders struggled to make it through the course. Jenny Jones put together a solid run, holding on to first place for a while. But it was Kjersti Buaas who took the top spot on the US Open podium for the second time this weekend with a run that included a nosepress on the box, 50/50 to frontside 180, Cab 540 indy, backside 360 indy, frontside 360 stalefish ending with a frontside 720 mute.
"Being the best overall rider meant a lot to me because I strive to be good in the pipe and slope," said Kjersti. "I was trying all season to be good in both disciplines, it makes me so excited. Now people can't just define me as a pipe rider, and that means the most to me."
In the men's finals, the slow course didn't bother Chas Guldemond, who dropped in knowing that he had the 100.000 US Dollar BGOS title in the bag. While the other riders struggled to gain enough speed to make it through the entire course, Chas won the competition with his first run. His winning run included a frontside boardslide 270 out to a 50-50 backside 180 followed by a switch backside 900, backside 1260, Cab 900 ending with a backside rodeo on the jumps. Sebastien Toutant (CAN) put together a solid run earning second place. And Scotty Lago, who won the US Open quarterpipe competition, earned third place and clinched the keys to a new Volvo XC60.
Peetu Piiroinen earned the Emergen-C Best Trick award for his backside rodeo 720. Chas had the biggest payday of any US Open competitor this weekend, earning 100.000 US Dollar for the BGOS title, 20.000 US Dollar for the slopestyle title and 25.000 US Dollar for earning the TTR World No. 2 position.
After patiently awaiting the best conditions for the competition, the organizers and those from the Tignes resort provided an amazing playground for the world's elite to reveal their talent.
On last Saturday, February 14th the ski- and snowboard-scene out of the Allgaeu and the whole Alp-region met in Bolsterlang. The Big Bäng Bolsterläng attracted the riders with an impressive setup.
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