Burton’s first annual High Fives competition starts this week in Wanaka, featuring 60 of the world’s best pro snowboarders. Things kick off on Wednesday 15 August, and there will be live webcasts on August 17 & 18 over on opensnowboarding.com. See below for the full run down on the event.
First Annual Burton ‘High Fives’ Competition Confirms World-Class Riders
WANAKA, New Zealand. Sixty of the world’s top snowboarders are preparing to make their way to the first annual Burton ‘High Fives’ snowboarding competition. Presented by MINI, the four-day invitational snowboarding event will take place at Snow Park NZ in Wanaka, New Zealand from August 15-18, 2012.
Top riders confirmed for the Burton High Fives event include Mark McMorris (two-time X-Games gold medalist), Sebastien Toutant, Danny Davis, Roope Tonteri, Ryo Aono, Iouri Podladtchikov (World Snowboarding Championships gold medalist), Kelly Clark (Three-time Olympian), Enni Rukajarvi (X-Games gold medalist), Shelly Gotleib, Hannah Teter (Olympic gold medalist), Queralt Castellet, and Southern Hemisphere riders Stef Zeestraten from New Zealand and Scott James from Australia.
The riders attending Burton High Fives will be in for a fun week in New Zealand as the new event brings Kiwi-inspired off-snow team challenges into the competition fold. Here’s how it works. During the first night at High Fives, event organizers will name 12 team captains. The riders with the best rankings in the global world ranking list will get to be captains. Then, each team captain will select a team of five riders. From that point forward, every activity that a rider participates in will earn points for his or her team. So for example, if a rider wins the skeet shooting contest and then goes on to place third in the halfpipe finals, his/her team will earn points for these results.
The fun begins on August 15th with the off-snow team challenges, which include skeet shooting, knife throwing, an ATV off-road challenge, jet boat trials and the MINI Countryman Winter Driving Challenge. On August 16th, the off-snow team challenges continue along with slopestyle and halfpipe practice. Then on Friday, August 17th, the slopestyle finals will go down, followed by the halfpipe finals taking place on Saturday, August 18th.
As far as prizes go, the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions will each award a total cash purse of $35,000 as well as TTR points. In addition to cash prizes individual slopestyle and halfpipe results, there is also a $10,000 cash prize for the team with the most points from both the off-snow team challenges and the traditional halfpipe and slopestyle competitions. That’s a total prize purse of $80,000 in cash – the largest to date in New Zealand snow sports history.
In addition to the exciting daytime activities, Burton is proud to announce the following evening entertainment at Opium Bar in Wanaka, the official Burton High Fives party venue hosted by Skinny. All gigs are FREE, but get there early as capacity is limited:
Burton High Fives: Entertainment Schedule:
August 14: High Fives Opening Party at Opium Bar, featuring edPHONE & EMILY & Guests
August 15: Party at Opium Bar, featuring B-ROC and DJ SHAUNO
August 17: Party at Opium Bar, featuring CSHE and DJ DANNY
August 18: High Fives Sunset Sessions at Snow Park NZ (3-6pm), featuring DUDSTOWN SOUNDSYSTEM
August 18 (evening): High Fives Closing Party at Opium Bar featuring DUDSTOWN SOUNDSYSTEM
High Fives Live Webcast:
Also, be sure to check out the High Fives live webcast on www.opensnowboarding.com. Dates and times are outlined by region below.
New Zealand (NZST time zone): August 17 & 18 at 10:15am – 2:30pm
North America (EST time zone): August 16 & 17 at 6:15pm – 10:30pm
North America (PST time zone): August 16 & 17 at 3:15pm – 7:30pm
Europe (CET time zone): August 17 & 18 at 12:15am – 4:30am
Full event information, including the Burton High Fives format and schedule can be found at www.opensnowboarding.com.
About Burton High Fives
The Burton High Fives, presented by MINI, is an invite-only global snowboarding competition that combines traditional halfpipe and slopestyle events with off-snow team challenges to create a fun summertime snowboarding event in New Zealand. The Jam format of the snow events, combined with team challenges that are distinctly Kiwi in flavour, will bring 60 top riders together to Snow Park NZ for a truly unique four-day event. Taking the place of the former New Zealand Open, the 2012 Burton High Fives is the first event in the Burton Global Event Series and is a 5star event on the TTR World Tour. Thanks to our High Fives sponsors including MINI, Nokia and Red Bull. For more information, head to www.opensnowboarding.com
MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperations and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sportspeople and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011. For more information, visit www.MINIspace.com
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia’s technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit www.nokia.com/global/
About TTR Pro Snowboarding
TTR Pro Snowboarding is a new breed of sports governing body made up of a professional network of events, athletes, nations and industry partners. TTR has been built upon the sport’s core values and unique culture with the goal of making snowboarding the most recognized progressive sport in the world. The overall objective is to uphold the progression of snowboarding by providing fair and open competition environments, including innovative judging and ranking systems, that allow for athletes to develop from rookies into world-class athletes. A non-profit organization, TTR Pro Snowboarding owns and operates the World Snowboard Tour, the TTR World Ranking System and the World Championships of Snowboarding. At the end of each World Snowboard Tour competitive season, TTR Pro Snowboarding awards World Snowboard Tour Champion titles in each of the following categories: Overall, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air.
About Snow Park NZ
Snow Park NZ, a boutique mountain resort, has been open for business since 2002 and is situated conveniently between the New Zealand resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka along the Cardrona Valley. Renowned for its awe inspiring world-class terrain park, Snow Park NZ also presents a wide range of experiences for anyone with a sense of adventure, be it on snow or off. Pay us a visit, enjoy an afternoon with the family, have your first skiing or boarding lesson in our dedicated learners area or bring a group up for night skiing. All are nicely complimented with the vibrant restaurant and on-snow accommodation facilities. Day or night, Snow Park NZ will captivate you with its unique combination of activities and laid back atmosphere, and will have you coming back for more… Snow Park NZ – www.snowparknz.com