17/01/2011 | by Tom Copsey
THE BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN COUNTDOWN IS ON!
Only three more weeks before the 12th annual Burton European Open (BEO) kicks off. Top riders and amateurs from around the world are getting ready to participate in Europe’s biggest snowboarding event from January 8 – 15, 2011 in LAAX, Switzerland. The BEO is the second stop of the 2010/11 Burton Global Open Series (BGOS), a Swatch TTR 6Star event and offers a total prize-purse of US $125,000.
1 is the number of riders competing from Belgium: Burton’s own Seppe Smits.
3 Halfpipe Olympic Gold Medal Winners are participating in the BEO 2011: Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Gian Simmen.
4 Burton Global Open Series events are currently taking place around the world, one in New Zealand, one in Europe, one in Canada and one in the US.
7 is the number of BEO events that have taken place in LAAX.
8 is the number of planned obstacles for the BEO Slopestyle course. The crew in LAAX needs roughly 10 days to build it.
10 is the age of the youngest BEO rider, Chloe Kim from USA, who won the 2010 Junior Halfpipe.
13 is Burton’s favorite number.
25 countries will be represented at this year’s BEO.
77 riders from hosting country Switzerland registered for the BEO competitions. This makes Switzerland the strongest represented country.
163 events are currently listed on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, with the BEO being one of seven 6Star events.
452 is the number of registered riders in the BEO’s slopestyle and halfpipe competitions.
1000 square meters is the size of the new Indoor Base operated by Freestyle Academy in LAAX which is your playground to try new tricks all season long.
25,000 US$ each will be rewarded by MINI to the most creative male and female BGOS 2010/11 rider one week after the US Open.
310,000 is the number of search results for the Burton European Open on Google.
7,727,417 is the number of Monster facebook fans. Go check it out!