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4(FOUR) STAR TTR EVENT THE BURTON NZ OPEN LAUNCHES SECOND LEG OF 06/07 TTR WORLD TOUR
By Press Release
Wednesday, 2 August 2006
The Burton New Zealand Open will be held from 3rd to the 5th August at Snowpark NZ in Wanaka, New Zealand. It will mark the first of five Southern Hemisphere events on the 2006/2007 TTR World Snowboard Tour.
A hungry crew of international and local riders are set to challenge early season TTR World Snowboard Tour leaders, Danny Kass and Jamie Anderson at the event. Riders such as Danny Davis(USA), Scotty Largo(USA), Kazu Kakubo(JPN) and Nicolas Muller(SUI) look certain to challenge present tour leader, Kass who took the lead at the 4(Four) Star TTR event, the Abominable Snow Jam just two weeks ago. In the Women's, current No.2, Elena Hight fresh off winning a Volvo at the ASJ, is all but certain to edge in front of Anderson for Tour lead with a significant showing.
First executed in 2003, the Burton NZ Open’s will see an large array of elite riders taking part including seven 2006 Olympians. Not only is it the first Southern Hemisphere TTR event on the tour, but it also marks the kick off for this season's Burton Global Open Series, the second of which will be held later in the month at Falls Creek, Australia, marking the third 4(four) Star rated TTR event of the year. This years NZO will be hosted by ‘Snowpark NZ’ in the Cardrona Valley. Three days of fun and festivities will encapsulate the essence of snowboarding, transforming the Wanaka region into an international focal point for media, winter guests, touring pros and industry leaders.
The slopestyle and Halfpipe results of the NZO will culminate towards TTR World Rankings. A win at either of the NZO formats will amount to 700 TTR points. Six total wins are required for a full end of season result for men, while the women’s season total will be confirmed next week, prior to the NZO kick off.
The Star studded male field may certainly influence key tour leader spots, currently held by three US riders - (1)Danny Kass(USA), (2) Danny Davis(USA) and (3)Chad Otterstrom(USA).
Leading the challenge on Tour leadership and event titles will be the winner at last years NZ Open, Mason Aguirre (USA). Aguirre came in fourth at this year's Olympic Halfpipe event and third at the TTR 6(six) Star event The 2006 US Open Halfpipe Championships. He also scored silver at the Winter X Games. Danny Davis will also be present and with his current second place advantage on the TTR World Rankings the kid could lock-down at least one, if not two additional Championships results. Davis is a rising star, finishing an impressive 12th on the 2005/2006 TTR Tour, he holds further credits through his ‘2006 US Open Rookie of the Year’ award and a second place at the 2006 US Open Halfpipe competition.
Then there are the fearless kiwi locals. Already having proved their ability to kick anyone’s ass on their home turf(and abroad), the Southern pride and mana flag will be heavily guarded. Kiwi riders to watch for will be 2005 NZO third placed Tim Jackways. Also keep an eye on last years Slopestyle winner Nick Hyne and Mitch Brown, Will Jackways, Robett Hollis, Mark Anderson , Nick Brown and top 05/06TTR performer Quentin Robbins. Go the Kiwi’s!
Asian attendance will be headed by Japan's top riders, Takaharu Nakai, Kazuhiro Kokubo and Fumiyuki Murakami all members of the 2006 Japanese Olympic Team. With Asia hosting five TTR events this season, the inclusion of their top riders at early season TTR events will be crucial for early points accumulation. The caliber of the Asian riders present at the NZO creates a huge opportunity for them to score highly and could see, for the first time ever, a Japanese rider taking the Tour lead.
The women's competition and offered WTTR tour points also promise to be fiercely contested. With a maximum 1400 TTR points available over two formats, the NZO will be an establishing leg for the women. Current Women’s Tour #2 and recent Burton Abominable Snow Jam Halfpipe Champion Elena Hight(USA) will be onsite and ready to do battle. So will 05/06 top ten TTR competitor, Torah Bright(AUS) whose long list of career results includes 2006 US Open Women's Halfpipe Champion. Bright was also a member of the Australian Olympic Team in Turin. Bright will be up against Women’s 2005 NZO Slopestyle champion Juliane Bray(NZL), and fellow Kiwi Kendall Brown. Also present will be Hana Beaman(USA), fourth on the 05/06 WTTR Tour, American Molly Aguirre and Japan's 2006 Olympian, Junko Asazuma. The Women’s TTR World Tour’s top three spots are currently held by (1)Jamie Anderson(USA),(2) Elena Height(USA) and (3) Silvia Mittermueller(GER).
For riders, event program and result highlights go to: www.opensnowboarding.com
TTR points obtainable related to respective end result are as follows:
The 2006 Burton New Zealand Open
Men / Women Rating: 4 (four) Star www.ttrworldtour.com
1st 700, 2nd 659.61, 3rd 630, 4th 607.64, 5th 589.68, 6th 574, 7th 559.15, 8th 546, 9th 534.35, 10th 522.82, 11th 511.42, 12th 500.15, 13th 489.01, 14th 477.99, 15th 467.10, 16th 456.34
Men’s TTR World Snowboard Tour Ranking as of: 28/07/06
Name Nationality Sponsor TTRWorld Ranking
1. Kass, Danny USA Quiksilver 1st
2. Davis, Danny USA Burton, Anon 2nd
3. Otterstrom, Chad USA Academy 3rd
4. Lago, Scotty USA Flow, Billabong 4th
5. Fisher, Steve USA Head 5th
6. Nakai, Takaharu JPN Burton 6th
7. Caldwell, Wyatt USA Burton 7th
8. Thomas, JJ USA Ride 8th
9. Luebke, Samuel USA Libtech 9th
10. Vito, Louie USA Volcom 10th
2005/2006 Men’s TTR World Tour Champion
Crepel, Mathieu FRA Rossignol, Quiksilver
2006/2007 Women’s TTR World Snowboard Tour Ranking as of: 28/07/06
Name Nationality Sponsor TTR World Ranking
1. Anderson, Jamie USA Salomon, 686 1st
2. Hight, Elena USA Burton, Volcom 2nd
3. Mittermueller, SilviaGER Santacruz, Vans 3rd
4. Holligsworth, Ellery USA Burton, Oakley 4th
5. Waite, Alexis USA Roxy, 32 5th
6. Nicoll, Mercedes CAN ISDesign 6th
7. Sladics, Chanelle USA Billabong 7th
8. Zurek, Natasza CAN Burton, Anon 8th
9. Roy, Marie-france CAN Rome, Oakley 9th
10. Asazuma, Junko JPN Burton 10th
2005/2006 Women’s TTR World Tour Champion
Maas, Cheryl HOL Forum