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2011 Burton New Zealand Open Gets Underway Hot

New-Zealand-Open.Poster-455x720Snowboarders from around the globe hit the slopes Tuesday, as the first day of the 2011 Burton New Zealand Open took off in style.

The New Zealand Open, now in its ninth year, is the first major event for halfpipe and slopestyle of the 2011/12 TTR season. 

New Zealand Open riders from around the world will not only be competing for a piece of the $50,000 prize purse, but will also be going after highly-contested TTR World Tour ranking points that will count toward the TTR Halfpipe Tour Ranking, the TTR Slopestyle Tour Ranking and the TTR Overall Tour Ranking lists.  

Boarders competing this year in the New Zealand Open include: slopestyle specialists, Eric Willett (USA), Mark McMorris (CAN), Gjermund Braaten (NOR), Seppe Smits (BEL) and Roppe Tonteri (FIN).  For halfpipe, three-time TTR World Tour Champion, Peetu Piiroinen (FIN),  Louri Podladtchikov (SUI), Louie Vito (USA), Christian Haller (SUI) and Scotty James (AUS). 

On the women’s side: TTR World Tour Champion, Jamie Anderson (USA), Enni Rukajarvi (FIN), Cilka Sadar (SLO), Sarka Pancochova (CZE), Spencer O’Brien (CAN), Kjersti Buaas (NOR) and Kelly Clark (USA). 

Once again, the Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka, New Zealand is hosting the event.

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