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13Th Burton European Open Continues With Mens Slopestyle Qualification


LAAX/SUI (February 27, 2012) – The 13th annual Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI continued today with the Mens Slopestyle Qualification. After tough weather conditions yesterday which forced organizers to postpone the Slopestyle event to today, riders were welcomed with bluebird skies up on Ils Plauns in LAAX/Switzerland. Perfect conditions for all riders on the new Slopestyle course ensured exciting qualification runs. 76 men from 11 countries had two runs, best one counted. 30 men out of todays qualification (Top 10 riders of each session plus the next 10 best ranked riders overall) made it into Slopestyle Semi-Finals, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 29th. Outstanding rider of today with the highest score wasSwedish Niklas Mattsson, who impressed judges most with his super clean style. His best run included a frontside Bluntside 270 out on the rail, followed by a Cork frontside 540 and a Cab Underflip 540 on the Step Up Step Down Combo, backside 900 Mute and Cab 900 Double Cork on the big kickers, ending with a boardslide and backside lipslide on the MINI Creative Use of Space Obstacle. Mens Slopestyle Qualification Results Session I1. Tor Lundstrom (SWE), Sweet, 85.502. Emil Ulsletten (NOR), Nitro, 84.753. Nuutti NiemelE (FIN), Smith, 83.824. Ville Paumola (FIN), Quiksilver, 81.555. Stian Kleivdal (NOR), Billabong, 78.106. Ole Christian Hagen (NOR) DC Shoe Co USA, 77.857. David HablEtzel (SUI), Burton, 69.458. Max Buri (SUI), Salomon, 68.739. Jan Kralj (SLO), Madness, 67.6010. Merrick Joyce (USA), Oakley, 66.1511. Kevin Backstrom (SWE), Nike, 65.6812. Leandro Eigensatz (SUI), Salomon, 64.82 Mens Slopestyle Qualification Results Session II1. Niklas Mattson (SWE), K2, 89.372. Jan Scherrer (SUI), Nike, 82.453. Simon Gruber (ITA), Smith, 81.354. Roman Dlauhy (CZE), Burton, 80.835. Tim-Kevin Ravnjak, (SLO), Red Bull, 80.106. Christian KrEll (AUT), Voelkl, 76.777. Havard Bergheim (NOR), Ride, 72.078. Herbert Thaler (AUT), Quiksilver, 72.039. Brage Richenberg (NOR), Salomon, 71.4810. Eric Beauchemin (USA), DC Shoe Co USA, 71.0811. Clemens Jezler (SUI), DC Shoe Co USA, 69.7712. Joachim Krogstie (NOR), Analog, 69.7213. Trym Nordgaard (NOR), Quiksilver, 66.6214. Ben Kilner (GBR), Oakley, 64.4015. David Djit