Dillon and Bright Champs at 2008 Nissan X-Trail Open

 Keir Dillon
Professional US snowboarder Keir Dillon walked away a winner and $15,000 richer from the 2008 Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open SuperPipe – the last contest in a four-day event held in Fukahsima, Japan, as the first in the Jake Burton Global Open series, according to a press release issued Sunday, March 2, by Burton.

Torah Bright won in the women’s contest, repeating her win from 2007 and defending her title with a killer run Torah Bright  (L.) accepts first place award at the 2007 New Zealand Open Pipe.that included a frontside 540, Mctwist Terje style, tailgrab to fakie, Cab 720 nose grab, to a backside alleyoop. Bright, who hails from the Gold Coast in Australia, was joined by second place winner Gretchen Bleiler and a third-place finish from Switzerland’s Manuela Laura Pesko.

In the men’s division, Japan’s Kazushiro Kokubo finished second and Finland’s Janne Korpi took third. The competition resulted in changes with the Swatch TTR World snowboard Tour Championship, moving Bright up to first place and Kazushiro in the lead for men. The 26th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships, which are scheduled for march 17-23 at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont, offers up a $100,000 award to top female and male competitors fromt he Burton Global Open Series (BGOS).

Missed the event? Check out replays of the SuperPipe finals webcasts at Go211.com and check out the full press release at the official Transworld SNOWboarding site.