2011 Nanshan Open: A Decade of Snowboarding in China

The Nanshan Open earns its reputation as one of the most enjoyable contest trips on the TTR World Tour by providing a perfect blend of contest riding, cultural immersion and local hospitality.

Nanshan Open.  Photo: TTR ProAfter a decade of driving the Chinese snowboard scene, the Nanshan Open celebrates its 10th birthday in style this January 14th & 15th by gaining 5Star TTR status to become the largest slopestyle snowboard competition in Asia.

A true ‘for-riders-by-riders’ event, organizers Steve Zdarsky and Marco Huang can be seen testing the kicker and obstacle setup themselves on training day, while the rest of their crew always find time to ride and hang with the competitors post-event.

It’s clear that the crew shares a strong passion towards the sport - surrounding the event with a truly friendly and laid-back atmosphere. As top snowboarders from all corners of the globe converge in China for a shot at the prize, 2012 promises to be the year the 10th Red Bull Nanshan Open reaches new heights for Chinese snowboarding!

The Nanshan Open began in 2002 when a small group of friends threw the first snowboard competition ever held on Chinese soil. As the contest gained momentum and popularity the following years, in 2007 it earned global recognition as a 3Star stop on the TTR World Tour.

The Nanshan Open ‘leveled up’ to 4Star status the subsequent year and in 2010 was the largest Asian event on the TTR World Tour. Now a 5Star event, the two-day competition offers up US$50,000 in prize money and is preceded by a 2Star local qualifier on January 7th that will earn six Chinese riders a chance to compete in the Open alongside their international idols!

The event has hosted a who’s-who of up and coming riders, including Transworld’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ Austin Smith, young stars Nils Arvidsson and Anton Bilare along with the Isenseven, Nitro RoadWarriors and Pirate Movie Productions film crews. Past winners of the event include Juuso Laivisto (2010), Freddy Austbo (2009), Jakob Wilhelmson (2008) and Hampus Mosesson (2007), while everyone’s favorite OG shredder Travis Parker came on as guest judge for 2011.

Last year saw local young-gun He Wei make a name for himself, placing 8th in the highest finish to date for a Chinese rider in a TTR competition.

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