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120 Men Compete For A Spot In Us Open Halfpipe Semis


The first day of the Burton US Open 2009 Snowboarding Championships kicked off this morning amid balmy temps and bluebird skies aTVermonts Stratton Mountain Resort. A field of 120 men, whom would be whittled to a mere 10 by the end of the day, was registered and raring to go as they took to the 22 Planet Snow superpipe. Session 1, heats one and two dropped alternately in a best of two run pre-qualification round. Christopher Waker and Norways Stale Sandbech were looking strong from the start but it was Trevor Jacob, spinning to win and placing first in his heat by starting off with a frontside 1080, followed by a Cab 7, into a frontside inverted 5, followed by backside 5, finishing with a front 7.Zack Black landed the top spot in the second heat with a run that started off with a huge frontside 9 followed by a backside 7, followed by a ridiculous switch backside inverted 7, finishing with a backside air.Halfpipe Pre-Qualifications Men Session IHeat 11 Trevor Jacob USA FORUM2 Stale Sandbech NOR OAKLEY3 Jeremy Thompson USA FLOW4 Hunter Wood USA NIKE6.05 Benjamin Farrow USA OKEMO6 Anthony Donofrio ITA BURTON7 Sage Kotsenburg USA QUIKSILVER8 Spencer Shaw USA UNDER ARMOR9 Scotty Pike USA SMITH10 Josh Warnick USA BILLABONG Halfpipe Pre-Qualifications Men Session IHeat 21 Zack Black USA —2 Christopher Waker USA BURTON3 Brennen Swanson USA RIDE4 Daniel Longo CAN —5 Paul Brichta USA BURTON6 Nick Fuca USA RIDE7 Tanner Barrett USA BUNGER8 Blake Eddington USA SESSIONS9 Kyle Mack USA BURTON10 Nicholas Sibayan USA BILLABONG The pipe crew performed a quick maintenance, salting and slipping the pipe which was rapidly eroding in the relentless spring sun, and then it was time for the second session of men to drop. Riders like Ben Watts and Nate Farrell were going huge, but Park Citys Drew Brighton finished first with a run that started with a lofty frontside air, followed by a backside 900, followed by back-to-back 7s, finishing with an alley-oop backside rodeo. Canadian rider Harrison Gray finished first in his heat with a run consisting of a Michalchuk into a frontside 900, followed by a stylish method air, followed by a frontside 720, finishing with a Cab 720. Halfpipe Pre-Qualifications Men Session IIHeat 11 Drew Brighton USA DC2 Nate Farrell USA GNU3 Ben Watts USA BURTON4 Petja Piiroinen FIN BILLABONG5 Bryan Daino USA SIMS 6 Joseph Mensch USA FLOW7 Nils Mindnich USA BURTON8 Austin Schweyher USA SMS9 Theodore James (TJ) USA BURTON10 Carter Smalley USA BURTON Halfpipe Pre-Qualifications Men Session IIHeat 2