Jamie Anderson, Kyle Mack Win 2016 Burton US Open Slopestyle Titles
Vail, CO (March 4, 2016) — Kyle Mack (USA) and Jamie Anderson (USA) took the winning slopestyle titles at the 34th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships with epic sunny conditions at Vail Mountain. A full field of 31 men and 15 women competed in today's finals due to a weather-related semi finals cancellation earlier in the week. Riders had two chances to put down their best run in the custom-built slopestyle course for a shot at $45,000 and the legendary Burton US Open slopestyle title.
Kyle Mack (USA) clinched the men's win stomping back-to-back triple cork 1440s on his first run earning a score of 89.75 and the top score to beat throughout the extended finals. His winning run started with a backside 180 hardway on, to a Cab 270 on in the upper rail section, followed by a backside Rodeo 540 on the transition feature, into a switch backside 540 melon, to a frontside triple cork 1440 tailgrab, into a backside triple cork 1440 Japan on the triple jumps.
Eighteen-year old Kyle Mack first competed in the US Open as a seven-year old in the Junior Jam, eleven years later he says, "To be on top here is a crazy feeling; to win it is amazing. All the riders here are top notch—the best in the world." Kyle says he's motivated by the unique atmosphere at the Open, "My friends and all the support you get here, the whole crowd cheering for you and all your friends hugging you when you win, that's why I do it—that's why I snowboard."
Eric Beauchemin (USA) took second with a score of 83.50, followed by Sebastien Toutant (CAN) in third with a score of 80.95.
Defending champion Jamie Anderson (USA) claimed her fifth in five Burton US Open slopestyle championship title today, earning the high score of an 86.65 on her first run. Her confident and clean run included a frontside lipslide and a backside bluntslide 270 out on the upper rail section, a backside 180 nosegrab on the transition feature, heading into the jump section with a Cab inverted 540 mute grab, a frontside 720 mute grab, and ending with a massive backside 540 Indy over the 75-foot final jump.
Jamie said, "I really liked the course, it was fun to see something different and have to challenge yourself and try some transitions." Jamie also shared why this, her fifth US Open slopestyle title, means so much, "I've always looked at the Open as one of the coolest events, especially as the last big event of the year," she said, " It just means a lot. I love that it's still core snowboarding and that it's an event that's been going on for so long—it's really helped cultivate our sport and brought so much progression."
Karly Shorr (USA) landed in second with a score of 80.40, followed by Cheryl Maas (NED) in third with a 76.35.
Clif Bar, the Official Performance Nutrition partner of the Burton US Open, awarded the CLIF 'Raise the Bar' Awards for the second year running. These awards reward creativity and style by spotlighting the most innovative slopestyle trick on any feature. Cheryl Maas earned the women's award for her massive backside 900 tailgrab over the 75-foot final jump. Seppe Smits (BEL) got creative on the transition feature with a backside 900 mute hardway earning the men's award. Both riders are taking home a $2,500 prize.
Men’s Slopestyle Finals Results:
1. Kyle Mack, OAKLEY, 89.75
2. Eric Beauchemin, US SNOWBOARDING, 83.50
3. Sebastien Toutant, ONEILL, 80.95
4. Carlos Garcia Knight, OAKLEY, 80.65
5. Redmond Gerard, BURTON, 78.75
6. Brandon Davis, NEFF, 78.70
7. Chris Corning, MONSTER ENERGY, 77.80
8. Yuki Kadono, RIDE SNOWBOARDS, 77.50
9. Tyler Nicholson, ROCKSTAR, 76.10
10. Lyon Farrell, RED BULL, 73.85
Women’s Slopestyle Finals Results:
1. Jamie Anderson, OAKLEY, 86.85
2. Karly Shorr, BOYNE MOUNTAIN, 80.40
3. Cheryl Maas, ROCKSTAR, 76.35
The Burton US Open excitement continues tonight in Vail Village with Big Grams performing live on the Solaris Concert Stage following the slopestyle awards ceremony from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm MST. Big Grams consists of rapper Big Boi and the electronic rock duo of Phantogram. This is your chance to be among the first to see Big Grams live ahead of a packed summer schedule of major music festivals.
The legendary Burton US Open culminates tomorrow Saturday, March 5th at 11:00 am MST, with the world's top riders competing in the historic halfpipe finals—the pinnacle event of the weeklong competition. Live televised coverage of men's halfpipe finals air on FS2 at 2:00 pm MST, followed by live-delayed women's finals airing at 4:00 pm MST. Webcast coverage begins at 11:00 pm MST on Red Bull TV and BurtonUSOpen.com.
For additional details on all things Burton US Open, including a full list of invited riders, concerts, product demos, Burton Girls happenings, kids' Learn To Ride opportunities, and the history of the longest-running snowboard event in the world, head to BurtonUSOpen.com and follow along using #BurtonUSOpen. You'll also find highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more.
About the Burton US Open
The world's best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from February 29th – March 5th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all ages. A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 34th edition of the Burton US Open: Vail Mountain, Paul Mitchell, Town of Vail, Pacifico, G-Shock, Red Bull, Red Bull TV, Clif Bar & Company, Shiseido, G-FORM, Boa Technology, anon., and Burton Girls.
About Vail Mountain and the Town of Vail
Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities in preparation for the debut of Epic Discovery in 2016, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail's founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. For more information, please visit http://www.vail.com.