It’s that time of year again. The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour has gone through a rollercoaster ride of new tour leaders, and now arrives at the climactic end of the 07/08 season. Commencing March 17th, and cruising right on through to the 22nd, the 6-Star Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, Vermont, USA will host the most incredible riders from all over the world in the penultimate chance for the women to boost their rankings, and the final title bout for the Men’s TTR Tour Trophy.
The Slopestyle and Halfpipe showdown hosts both male and female riders, but with the women’s tour ending at the 6-Star Roxy Chicken Jam at Mammoth Mountain, USA, focus will be placed on the men as Kevin Pearce (USA), Risto Mattila (FIN), Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), Shaun White (USA), Travis Rice (USA) and many more travel to the icy east for the 26th edition of one of the most prestigious snowboard competitions in history.
The US Open is the tour-defining stop, crowning the Men’s Swatch TTR Tour Champion and distributing part the $250,000 end-of-season prize purse to the Men’s Top 10. To ensure a definitive tour champion, the US Open offers a 25% point bonus for both Slopestyle and Halfpipe formats. This means that riders have two chances to bank 1250 TTR Ranking points and secure their place in the TTR Top 10.
Currently, US rider Kevin Pearce is leading the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, after an impressive season of 6 and 5-Star Title wins and podium finishes. Pearce is followed closely by Risto Mattila in second and Peetu Piiroinen in third. 06/07 TTR Tour Champion Shaun White will no doubt attempt to defend his title in Vermont, but will he have enough points to knock down Kevin Pearce from his tour domination? Will Kevin Pearce hold off all competitors and become the new champion? Will Risto Mattila and Peetu Piiroinen throw down with Finnish style and fight for Number One?
Prepare for the edge-of-your-chairlift, nail-biting finale as the cream of the crop pull out all the stops in a no-holds-bar snowboard battle by visiting the TTR website. Study the rankings, watch the videos, read the blogs and follow this season’s tour drama as it marches inexorably towards the Swatch TTR 6-Star Burton US Open where the new Men’s Tour Champion will be declared. Live coverage begins on March 17th on Go211.