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Canadian Open Snowboarding Halfpipe and Slopestyle Competition Wraps Up

CANO Canadian OpenThe February 1-6th Burton Canadian Open (CANO) wrapped up yesterday at the WinSport Canadian Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, with mixed weather and exciting finishes. This year's CANO offered a $50,000 purse split up among top finishing riders.

Riders also competed for coveted points toward the Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) and Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) titles. The event was the third stop of the Burton Global Open Series and consisted of a halfpipe competition in men’s and women’s and a men’s and women’s slopestyle competition, made up of a series of rail slides and jumps.

Although it was an open event, meaning anyone can enter the competition, this was definitely an event with some big names, with world renown riders including three-time American Olympian Kelly Clark, current Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour top ranked rider Jamie Anderson, and Finland’s Enni Rukajarvl, who won the Canadian Open slopestyle event last year. Local riders including Pierce Mimura and Brooke Voigt were on hand to pump things up as well.

Defending CANO women’s halfpipe champion Kendall Brown was beat out by Kelly Clark in the pipe. Clark is blowing up right now, as she came to CANO straight from Aspen’s X-Games where she took Gold, and before that, a first place finish at the Burton European Open. Slovakia’s Cilka Sadar took second and Canada’s Mercedes Nicoll took third in women’s halfpipe.

Kohei Kudo of Japan took the first place halfpipe finish for the men, making this his first podium finish of the year and his first BGOS win. Australia’s Scotty James took second in men’s halfpipe; and Christian Haller of Switzerland took third, putting him on top of Swatch TTR Tour world rankings.

In the slopestyle competition, American Sam Hulbert took first; Zak Stone of Canada finished second; and Canada’s Francis Bourgeois took third. In the women’s slopestyle comp, American Jamie Anderson took first, as was predicted; Germany’s Silvia Mittermuller took second; and American Ty Walker finished third.

 

Aaron Bible

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