Oakley Riders Rise To The Top At The 2012 Burton US Open


Amidst thousands of spectators and the world’s best snowboarders, Team Oakley rose to the occasion once again at the 2012 Burton US Open in Stratton, VT – the final event of the 2011/2012 TTR Would Tour. Topping the list of highlights from a weekend full of standout performances were Oakley riders Sebastien Toutant, Stale Sandbech and Shaun White.

Canadian Sebastien Toutant blew away the competition in an icy slopestyle final. After a disappointing first two attempts, Seb dropped an outstanding final run earning a score of 92 and crushing the next closest competitor, Ulrik Badertscher, by 10.1 points. As if the event win wasn’t big enough, he also locked down the TTR Slopestyle World Tour Championship.

Seb wasn’t the only Oakley rider to scoop up a TTR World Tour Championship title this past weekend. Stale Sandbech also became the TTR Overall World Tour Champion for his consistently stellar performances in pipe, big air and slopestyle all season long.

Stale admits that he wasn’t gunning for the Overall Title until he slipped into the points lead, “I was leading and thought ‘wow,’ maybe I can actually do this! Now at the end, it was exciting…it is really cool to be part of that legendary list of riders who won it before."

In true Shaun White fashion, nothing could out stage the men’s half pipe portion of the weekend. Shaun stole the show, throwing down some ridiculous runs, including the night’s best and quickly ran away with the competition, ultimately taking the win. While Shaun is known for his technical superiority and amplitude, he noticeably had some fun during the pipe finals. Unlike his serious determination before his perfect 100-point run at the Winter X 16 in Aspen, Shaun was noticeably enjoying himself, throwing slush and taking some slashes throughout the pipe. His final run included a massive frontside double cork 1080 stalefish grab, a Cab double cork melon grab, a frontside inverted 540 stalefish, backside double McTwist, and an alley-oop backside rodeo.

The boys weren’t the only ones out to play in Vermont. Oakley women’s rider Ellery Hollingsworth, took home a well deserved third place in the pipe competition and Swiss boarder Urshina Haller, finishing not far behind Ellery in fifth. Fellow Oakley team member and proverbial favorite in the women’s pipe competition, Gretchen Bleiler sat out of the finals, nursing a concussion she received the day before.

The 2012 Burton US Open is in the books and now it’s on to the European Winter X Games in Tignes, France. Congrats to the Oakley team on closing out the 2011/2012 TTR World Tour in killer fashion and good luck in Europe!


John Ohail


March 14, 2012