The Burton Canadian Open, known as CANO, kicked off today with superpipe semi-finals. Top men and women took to the pipe at the Canada Olympic Park near the edge of Calgary, Alta.
Many of today’s competitors are came directly from the Winter X Games in Aspen so they were ready to ride despite the cooler temps and rock solid pipe. The weather was cold, but above freezing, which created an icy pipe that took a bit of getting used to for most of the riders.
Kelly Clark has been on a tear this season claiming titles at almost every contest she’s entered. Less than a week ago, Clark put down a massive 1080 at the X Games, earning her a place in history, and a gold medal for the event. Today, Clark demonstrated her domination of the field by taking the top spot in qualifiers with a score that was nearly 25 points higher than second place finisher, Kendall Brown. Rounding out the top three was Cilka Sadar who was also riding solidly.
On the men’s side of things, Brett Esser from Iowa showed up for the showdown and destroyed the pipe. His smooth style and amplitude wooed the judges and earned him the top spot in qualifiers. Christian Haller took the second place spot, and Jack Mitrani rounded out the top three.
Check out Jack’s third place run POV style. It’ll leave you dizzy.
Men’s Qualifier Results:
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