The Burton AM Tour, one of Europe’s largest amateur freestyle snowboarding contest series, has launched into its fourth season. This winter, the tour will shake twelve resorts in twelve different countries. The Swatch TTR 2-star events give young riders born 1989 or later the chance to show their freestyle skills and put themselves on the map of European snowboarding.
The first three stops of the tour will be indoor events, the first taking place on 15 November 2008 in Bispingen, Northern Germany. All 2009 stops will see sunlight, starting on 24 January 2009 in Flachauwinkl, Austria.
The tour stop winners will receive a guaranteed starting slot for the slopestyle competition at the Burton European Open (BEO) in Laax, Switzerland, and prizes from tour sponsors Burton, RED and Anon. The overall tour winners will be crowned at the last stop on the glacier of Val Senales (Italy) on 28 March 2009. They will receive a Burton European Open package, consisting of starting slot and full board accommodation.
Last year’s lady winners and ones-to-watch were Laura Berry (1988/UK/Junior Girls) and Enya Beutler (1993/SUI/Kid Girls). They've showed an insane level of riding over the last season and will no doubt be seizing their chance and compete in this winter’s BEO in January 2009.
Burton AM Tour Calendar 2008/09
November 15/11/2008 Bispingen (GER) 22/11/2008 Castleford (GBR)
December 06/12/2008 Landgraaf (NED)
January 24/01/2009 Flachauwinkl (AUT) 31/01/2009 Adelboden-Lenk (SUI)
February 07/02/2009 Grandvalira (AND) 14/02/2009 Bialka Tatrzanska (POL) 28/02/2009 Tandådalen (SWE)
March 07/03/2009 Sappee (FIN) 14/03/2009 Zolotaya Dolina (RUS) 21/03/2009 Avoriaz (FRA) 28/03/2009 Val Senales (ITA)