Yuki Kadono (JPN) and Jamie Anderson (USA) earned the winning slopestyle titles today at the 33rd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. Both riders are ending the 2015 competitive slopestyle season on top, taking home $45,000 and the 2015 US Open slopestyle title, with Kadono putting down a historic run featuring the first ever back-to-back 1620s in competition.
It was a huge day in men’s slopestyle with the field of 27 men narrowed down to the final 10 in the morning’s rescheduled semi-finals. The three run format was key in Yuki Kadono’s history-making run as he clinched the victory with a score of 90.05 in his third and final run, starting with a switch backside 270 on to 270 out, to a lipslide to fakie, to a half Cab on backside 360 out in the upper rail section, into a frontside double cork 1080 mute off the first jump, backside triple cork 1620 mute, to a switch backside triple cork 1620 melon—a first-ever combination of back-to-back 1620s in competition.
Yuki Kadono – Slopestyle Final @ 2015 Burton US Open – 1st Place Run
Kadono said, “I know there are other riders here who are better than me, but I came into this contest to win, and that’s what I did.” As for landing his historic run, he explained, “I already had that run in mind,” adding, “The tricks I do in competition, I usually don’t do in practice.” In other words, he had never even tried that combination before landing it at today’s US Open.
Mark McMorris was in the lead for the entire competition until Kadono upset the scores with his unprecedented run. McMorris earned an 87.80 on his second run, linking a frontside triple cork 1440 mute into a backside triple cork 1440 mute—another competition first. Tyler Nicholson (CAN) landed in third place with a score of 77.20.
McMorris said, “That was only the second or third frontside triple I’d ever tried. The stars aligned with perfect weather and a good course.”
In the women’s field, Jamie Anderson took the lead early setting the unbeatable high score of 90.95 on her first run, putting down a Cab 270 to tailslide, switch boardslide to regular, boardslide 270 out on the upper rail section, into a backside 540, Cab 720 nosegrab, to a switch backside 540. This makes four US Open slopestyle titles for Jamie Anderson.
Anna Gasser (AUT) took second place with an 82.55 and Spencer O’ Brien (CAN) landed in third with an 82.05.
Anderson said, “This event was pretty heavy pressure, it’s the biggest event of the year and the last one so I really wanted to ride strong and consistent. I worked really hard on my rail line the last couple days and I wanted that to be locked down. So for me I just wanted to have a consistent run top to bottom.”
Jamie Anderson – Slopestyle Final @ 2015 Burton US Open – 1st Place Run
Today’s slopestyle finals also determined the first ever World Snowboard Tour Pro Series champions with Jamie Anderson and Mark McMorris taking home the slopestyle titles. The best two results out of three Pro Series events determined the final results. The awards ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow at the Solaris Concert stage, where the Pro Series Halfpipe Champions will also be announced.
Women’s Slopestyle Finals Results:
1. Jamie Anderson, OAKLEY, 90.95
2. Anna Gasser, RED BULL, 82.55
3. Spencer O’Brien, NIKE, 82.05
Men’s Slopesyle Finals Results:
1. Yuki Kadono, RIDE, 90.05
2. Mark McMorris, BURTON, 87.80
3. Tyler Nicholson, ROCKSTAR, 77.20
4. Sven Thorgren, OAKLEY, 76.80
5. Niklas Mattsson, ROME, 75.30
6. Eric Beauchemin, US SNOWBOARDING, 71.70
The US Open continues tomorrow Saturday, March 7th culminating with the historic halfpipe finals beginning at 11:00am MST live on Burton.com/USO with live coverage on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 2:00pm MST.