It’s always snowing somewhere, and while some riders are taking advantage of the skate and surf in the northern hemisphere, dedicated snowboarders will soon be trekking down south for the first stop of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour’s 08/09 season, the 5-Star Burton New Zealand Open, kicking off on July 29th 2008.
The first bunch of TTR Ranking points and a whopping $50,000 prize are ready to be dished out to those able to step up to the podium, but the competition is set to be fierce.
Looking to gain an early lead in the Swatch TTR rankings, male and female riders will be competing on Snow Park NZ’s newly designed Slopestyle course first, then in the Halfpipe, with each format counting as a separate result.
The greatest riders in the world are set to begin the 10-month TTR tour in New Zealand, including 07/08 Swatch TTR Tour Champion Jamie Anderson (USA), 06/07 TTR Tour Champion and current World No.2 Torah Bright (AUS) and current TTR World No.3 Kelly Clark (USA). Last year’s New Zealand Open Slopestyle champ and current No.7 Jenny Jones (GBR) will also make an appearance, ensuring another season-long nail-biter…