Burton Canadian Open: halfpipe recap and photos

For competitive halfpipe riders, the past two weeks have been nothing short of insane. This is the busiest time of year for these riders as they’re jumping from country to country and state to state for contests spanning all across the world.

Two days after the biggest contest of the year, the winter X Games, many top shredders boarded planes and headed to our cousin’s the in the North, the grand ‘ole country of Canada for the Burton Canadian Open. CANO has been becoming a bigger deal in recent years as it is a five star TTR event in which top riders are eager to compete.

Situated near the edge of Calgary City, at the Canada Olympic Park, the contest scene was reminiscent of last year’s Olympic Games. Everyone was geared up and raring to go for a great contest, but the weather (like last year at this time) was not ideal.

SNOWBOARDER‘s own Tom Monterosso, known to most as T. Bird, was on site announcing and covering the event. He whipped up an awesome account from the evening so head on over to SNOWBOARDER to see what he had to say.

Words: T BirdPhotos: Steve Marentette

Ok, ok, before I go pigeonholing myself as the contest coverage guy who’s always super optimistic and makes everything out to be way more awesome than it is, let me pose one question to you: Have you ever been to Canada? If your answer is “no,” then listen up. If your answer is “yes,” then you have absolutely no reason to read the next paragraph in order to justify this paragraph..

You want to pop over to SNOWBOARDER for the rest of T.Bird’s hilarious and insightful coverage from CANO 2011.