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Competitive Snowboarding Kicks off Down Under Hot

NewZealandWhile North America is in the throes of the dog days of August, snowboard competition will once again be heating up as top riders take part in the Burton New Zealand Open.

The event is scheduled for August 9-13 at the Cardrona Alpine Resort located between Wanaka and Queensland on New Zealand’s South Island. This will be the third consecutive year the resort plays host for the event and the ninth time overall the event is staged on the kiwi island.

The world’s top snowboarders will once again throw tricks in the halfpipe competition and display top creativity for the slopestyle event, seeking to start their season off on the right foot.

The New Zealand Open kicks off both the Burton Global Open Series and the Swatch TTR (Ticket to Ride) World Series for the 2010-11 season.

Last year’s winners, two Swiss men and two American women included Louri Podladtchikov (SUI) taking first place in the men’s halfpipe event and Kelly Clark (USA) was atop the podium for the ladies.

Another American woman, Jamie Anderson, took the slopestyle title last year in New Zealand, while Haller Christian (SUI) made it two wins for the Swiss by winning the men’s event. Each will seek to defend their title 2010 titles when August rolls around.

The Burton Global Open Series also includes tour stops in Europe, Canada, Asia and the United States throughout the year.

Temperatures typically hover around the freezing mark during August in New Zealand with snowfalls of roughly nine feet throughout the winter season. Full snowmaking is available to supplement the natural snow.

Burton is yet to release details regarding appearing athletes, musical acts, prize money and other festivities surrounding the 2011 Burton New Zealand Open. Stay glued to AllAboutSnow for more details as they emerge. It’s sure to be a great kick start to the 2011 snowboard competition schedule.

-Ryan O'Leary

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