The Burton New Zealand Open

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


This year the Burton New Zealand Open will return once more to Cardrona Alpine Resort, where it all began… 8 years ago! The NZ Open marks the start of the 2012 Burton Global Open Series, known to all as a northern and southern hemisphere season-spanning spectacle of shred. It’s also one of the first Swatch TTR 5-Star events (a high ranking competition in the “Ticket to Ride” World Snowboard Tour) in the international snowboard calendar.

Each year the NZO attracts professional snowboarders from around the world due to its high profile status within the world snowboard events calendar. It’s a chance for them to showcase an often new bag of tricks learnt in the northern hemisphere or during the off-season in between. The 2009 NZO marked the beginning of the half-pipe double cork craze as Shaun White blew away the competition with his newly expanded bag of tricks. The competition is also a great chance for new shred talent to establish itself, case in point being that of 14-year old Japanese rider Taku Hiraoka whose smooth, fluid style and massive amplitude led to him gaining an unexpected, but well-deserved, 2nd place finish.

Of course it’s not all about the pipe, the NZO also includes a slopestyle competition to rival any of those hosted in the Northern Hemisphere. Last year’s competition saw the standard progress once more with unbelievably technical rail wizardry and some huge spins thrown in for good measure.

This year’s event is sure to be another big one for progression. The northern hemisphere season has seen double cork 1260s become the norm and the must have trick du jour is now the triple cork 1440… expect to see double corks all over the place at this year’s competition and maybe even a triple if the course is big enough!

Bring on August 12th!

The author, Nick Coates, recommends SnowSkool for ski and snowboard instructor courses – check out our NZ 2011 course and see the Burton NZ Open for yourself!


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