Kjersti Buaas & Charles Reid Win ‘The Jam’ at the Burton US Open

Stratton Mountain, VT , The weather cleared and a big crowd came out tonight for The Jam at the Burton US Open, presented by MINI, with Kjersti Buaas (NOR) and Charles Reid (CAN) claiming the top spots and $10,000 cash. 43 men and 14 women threw down in a super unique setup never before seen in competitive snowboarding. With features like a bridge and tunnel combo, double quarterpipes, an urban wallride and plenty of rails, the riders had all kinds of ways to get creative.

For 90 minutes, riders like Ethan Deiss, Zak Hale, Yale Cousino, Danny Davis, Charles Reid, Jason Dubois, Sebastien Toutant, Jamie Anderson, Gabi Viteri, Kjersti Buaas and Spencer O’Brien dropped into the course as many times as they wanted. The festival vibe of this year’s US Open was in full effect with a big crowd cheering for the riders as they pulled off a huge variety of tricks like Cab 50-50s, a huge backside air from Jack Mitrani, McTwists, methods, switch backside rodeo 7s, laid-out backflips, boardslides to 270 out, alley-oop front 7 rodeos and more. Even the announcers were speechless because so much was going on at once. Charles Reid took the lead halfway through with a front flip over the cannon gap, and he hung on to the number one slot throughout The Jam.

“I’m super stoked on the event,” said Charles Reid. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I’m really happy that I did as well as I did.”

Kjersti Buaas took the lead towards the end of the event with a backside alley-oop stalefish. Kjersti said the event was amazing because there were features for everyone – from riders who like to ride pipe and street rails to hips and transitions.

Right after The Jam, Flosstradamus capped off the night with a free live show.

Tomorrow, the pinnacle event goes down at the US Open with the men’s and women’s halfpipe finals followed by a live show by ‘The Sounds’. Also tomorrow, the 2011 Burton Global Open Series Champions and TTR World Snowboard Tour Champions will be crowned.

If you can’t make it to Stratton, check out replays of tonight’s event and a live webcast of tomorrow’s halfpipe finals at burton.com or metacafe.com. The US Open, presented by MINI, will also air on ESPN2 on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

2011 US Open Competition & Entertainment Schedule
Saturday, March 12 – Halfpipe Finals & FREE performance by ‘The Sounds’
Sunday, March 13 – Junior Jam

Men’s Results: The Jam
1. Charles Reid (CAN) BURTON
2. Jason Dubois (CAN) ANON
3. Yale Cousino (USA) SHRED OPTICS

Women’s Results: The Jam
1. Kjersti Buaas (NOR) ROXY
2. Jamie Anderson (USA) BILLABONG
3. Spencer O’Brien (USA) NIKE 6.0

High-res photos from the 2011 US Open will be available at:
www.opensnowboarding.com in the Press section of the US Open website
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Password: bgospress
Photo Credit: Shem Roose

For more information on the US Open, head to www.opensnowboarding.com or call the US Open Media Room at (802) 297-4820.

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Burton would like to thank MINI, Stratton Mountain Resort, Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, Metacafe.com, Contour, Paul Mitchell, Nature Valley, Mountain Dew, Nokia, Nintendo, SteelSeries, Revv, Shiseido, RED, Gravis, anon and Analog for their support of the US Open. For more information on the US Open, head to www.opensnowboarding.com.

About the Burton Global Open Series
The Burton Global Open Series events are the pinnacle snowboarding events of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the Opens have grown from grassroots events to a global competition series, attracting tens of thousands of spectators and riders from around the world. Since the beginning, the Opens have been driven by riders, for riders evolving with snowboarding and riders’ needs over the years. With events held in New Zealand, Europe, Canada and the United States, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe.

About MINI
The MINI brand is represented by 1,300 dealers in more than 80 countries. Since 2001, over 1.8 million MINI, MINI Convertible, MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman models have been sold. As the presenting sponsor of the Burton Global Open Series, MINI will be supporting the renowned snowboard manufacturer for the first time in 2011. As part of this partnership, MINI has launched a special rider award that draws on the MINI philosophy of using space intelligently. The Creative Use of Space Award will go to the most creative snowboarders who make their mark through inventiveness, riding fun and aesthetics – values that apply in equal measure to Burton and MINI.

About Metacafe
Metacafe Sports Live is your hookup for hot-ticket events in the action sports world: Snow, Skate, Surf, Bike. Featuring interactive live webcasts of key competitions around the world alongside exclusive interviews with top athletes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and must-see moments caught on video, Metacafe Sports Live is the go-to source that keeps action sports enthusiasts plugged in. Metacafe is the first entertainment destination solely dedicated to showcasing the best videos from the world of Movies, Video Games, Sports, Music and TV. Attracting 40 million unique monthly viewers worldwide, 15 million in the U.S., Metacafe is the go-to source that keeps today’s Entertainment Drivers plugged in. Tune into www.metacafe.com for exhilarating coverage of the 2011Burton US Open. Get in on the action.

Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, TTR (Ticket To Ride) PRO SNOWBOARDING, is a non-profit, rider-driven organization. The TTR owns and operates the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour and the Swatch TTR World Ranking List and it strives to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world using authenticity, accessibility and innovation as guiding principles. TTR has developed the World Tour into the most exposed snowboard tour worldwide featuring a 10-month season calendar filled with hundreds of grass roots and major independent freestyle snowboarding events. Events are rated on a 1-through-6Star system, where all competing athletes earn TTR world ranking points based on the star level of each event; a 6Star event holds the highest allocation of ranking points. The top male and female riders are crowned TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion at the last 6Star event of the season – the Burton US Open. For more information, visit www.ttrworldtour.com.

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