Australian Open Canceled

Citing a hectic contest schedule on the eve of an Olympic year, Burton announced today it is rolling up the Southern Hemisphere portion of the Burton Global Open Series into one event in New Zealand and canceling the Australian Open.

"Heading into a busy Olympic year, we've decided to reduce the number of events to free up some room in the global events calendar," said Liam Griffin, Global Events Director for Burton, in a release. "We're totally committed to the riders who support the series, and are trying to make it easier for everybody to hit all the different events they need to this coming season."

The events are scheduled as follows:

New Zealand Open                     August 11-15, 2009        Cardrona Alpine Resort, New Zealand
European Open                          January 9-16, 2010         Laax, Switzerland
Canadian Open                          February 2-7, 2010         Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, Alberta
Asian Open                               March 2-7, 2010             ALTS Bandai, Japan
US Open                                   March 16-21, 2010         Stratton Mountain Resort, USA

According to the release:

With events scheduled year-round and in five countries, the Burton Global Open Series boasts the most lucrative cumulative prize purse in snowboarding. All five Burton Global Open Series events offer riders the chance to earn points towards male and female championship titles, which are awarded at the US Open in Stratton, Vermont.

The Burton Global Open Series is also part of the Swatch Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour, the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world. The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champions are crowned at the end of the season.

For more information on the Burton Global Open Series head to www.opensnowboarding.com