Oakley Snowboarding Sweeps NZ Burton Open Podium: Mark McMorris Takes The Win
The Oakley Men’s snowboard team stomped their way to victory today at Cadrona Resort in New Zealand at the Burton Global Open Series kick off event. Sweeping the podium with a 1,2,3 order in the finals of the Slopestyle course. With this being the first major contest of the year most riders are getting warmed up for the upcoming winter. But that was not the case today, as all the riders knew it was anyones game and the rider with the most progressive tricks would win.
Oakley’s Mark McMorries wearing the Crowbar Goggle, Seb Toutant wearing the newly released Airbrake goggle with Switch Lock technology, and Stale Sandbech using the Crowbar Goggle, Oakley Arctic Challenge Woven Jacket, and the Eiki snow pant rounded out the podium in third place. These riders really stepped it up and took Slopestyle riding to new heights. All of them throwing tricks and linking jump lines that they haven’t done before in a contest and pushing themselves and the sport at the same time.
Congratulations to the riders and we look forward to the rest of the season in the Southern Hemisphere. Below is an excerpt from the event press release with a play by play of what tricks got them to the podium
BURTON NEW ZEALAND OPEN SLOPESTYLE FINALS IMPRESS IN PERFECT CONDITIONS
The 2011 Burton New Zealand Open presented by MINI (BNZO) Slopestyle finals took place today at Cardrona Alpine Resort with Burton rider Mark McMorris (CAN) taking first place in the men’s event and Jamie Anderson (USA) winning the women’s competition. McMorris and Anderson both walked away NZ$7,000 richer for their performance on the challenging Slopestyle course.
Under sunny cloudless skies 16 men and 8 women demonstrated the dramatic progression of slopestyle riding in this new Olympic snowboarding discipline. Canadian Sebastien Toutant pulled back to back to back doubles and New Zealand’s Shelly Gotlieb attempted the first women’s double in competition.
Mark McMorris (CAN) put it all together in his second run with Fullcab Stall, Cab 270 Frontboard to fakie, Halfcab 50-50 to Backside 360, Backside 1080 Double Cork Mute, Frontside 900 Melon to a Cab 1260 Nosegrab. Close on Mark’s heels was fellow Canadian Sebastien Toutant with his Cab 540 Tailtap, Front Blunt 270 out, Tailslide 270 out, Backside 1080 Double Cork Mute, Frontside 1080 Double Cork Melon, to a Double Backside Rodeo 1080 Truckdriver. Coming in third Stale Sandbech (NOR) who’s run started with a Backside 540 Tailtap, Hardway Cab 270 to Frontboard, Frontboard 450 out, Cab 900 Stalefish, Frontside 1080 Indy to a Backside 1260 Mute.