Lucky Numbers: Burton New Zealand Open

Dimi de Jong catches some air in New Zealand on August 25th 2009.
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It might be summer up in the Northern Hemisphere but a lot of snow is being dumped on New Zealand...

...and just in time. The Southern Hemisphere’s premier snowboarding event, the Burton New Zealand Open (BNZO), takes place on August 9-13 at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka.

Learn all you need to know about this prestigious event in just a few key numbers...

 

50,000...

The amount – in New Zealand Dollars – of lovely lolly in the event's prize purse. It’s one of the most highly remunerated competitions in snowboarding with men and woman winning the same amounts. The top prizes break down thus: $6,000 for winning the men’s and the women’s Halfpipe competition; $1,000 for the winner of Best Trick; and $6,000 for winning the men’s and the women’s Slopestyle competition.

 

8...

The BNZO is now in its eighth year and kickstarts the Burton 2012 Global Open Series, which also calls in Laaz, Switzerland for the European Open, Canada for the Canadian Open and Stratton, Vermont for the US Open. The BNZO is also a five-star event on the TTR (Ticket To Ride) World Tour – the rider-driven pro-snowboarding tour set up by Terje Haakonsen in 2002.

 

60...

The number of male competitors that will start off in both the Halfpipe and Slopestyle pre-qualifiers. These fearless boarders will be whittled down to 16 for the final of each event. The number of woman starting out in each competition is 30 with eight reaching the finals.

 

2...

The BNZO comprises two competitions – the Halfpipe and Slopestyle, which for the lay person means performing the most difficult trick at the same time as getting the highest air. The Slopetyle competition takes place on August 9, 11 and 12; and the Halfpipe competition takes place on August 10, 12 and 13. There’s also a separate prize for Best Trick.

 

22...

The height in feet of the Cardrona Alpine Resort’s Superpipe. The Halfpipe is a nerve-jangling 18ft. The resort, which sits 57km from Queenstown and 34km from Wanaka in the South Island, also has a gravity cross.

 

1440...

The number of degrees Canadian snowboarder Mark Mc Norris span when he became the first boarder to complete a backside triple cork 1440. He’s an expert in Slopestyle and won the Calgary World Cup in 2010. He’ll be turning on the style at the BNZO alongside Jamie Anderson.

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