Burton Global Open Series Announces 2008/2009 Competition Dates

logo_burton.jpegOFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – BURLINGTON, VT (May 13, 2008) – The Burton Global Open Series announced dates for its 2008/2009 international snowboard competition series, which will kick off in New Zealand this summer. Below are final dates and locations for all 2008/2009 Burton Global Open Series competitions.

Burton New Zealand Open          July 29 – August 2, 2008            Snow Park, New Zealand
Burton Australian Open             Sept 2 – 6, 2008                       Perisher Blue, Australia
Burton Canadian Open              December 1 – 7, 2008               CODA's Canada Olympic Park
Burton European Open              January 9 – 16, 2009                 Laax, Switzerland
Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open         February 24 – March 1, 2009      ALTS Bandai, Japan
Burton US Open                       March 16 – 22, 2009                 Stratton Mountain, USA

The all new BGOS website is launching this week and will include new features such as rider profile pages featuring rider snapshots, bios, current BGOS standings and event results per rider. Riders can now register for both the New Zealand Open and Australian Open, visit opensnowboarding.com to check out the new site and for more information about both of these events.

"Heading into our third year of the Series, we've got some great momentum.  It has been amazing to watch the level of riding at the Opens around the world increase over the past few seasons.  All the riders are really pushing the sport to new heights and we're really looking forward to seeing what this next year of competition brings."

With events scheduled year-round and in six countries, the Burton Global Open Series boasts the most lucrative cumulative prize purse in snowboarding.  All six Burton Global Open Series events offer riders the chance to earn points towards a male and female championship title, each worth $100,000, currently the largest single payout in snowboarding.

Last season's BGOS series championship title was a nail-biter with four women and six men all in the running for the $100,000 payout and series championship title at the US Open, the final BGOS competition of the season. Only a handful of points separated the top runners for the title, proving that competing and earning points at all six BGOS events can make the difference between winning the $100,000 or giving it up.

Finland's Peetu Piiroinen and top Australian snowboarder Torah Bright had to work hard to take home the 2008 Burton Global Open Championship.