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Burton European Open Kicks Off With Junior Slopestyle Competition


The 12th Burton European Open (BEO) started its week-long programme with the Junior Slopestyle in LAAX, Switzerland yesterday. 61 groms between 10 and 14 years from 15 nations were welcomed by sunshine up on Crap Sogn Gion. 13 year old Ty Walker (USA) walked away with her 3rd BEO Junior Slopestyle title in a row after winning in 2009 and 2010. Tim-Kevin Ravnjak (SLO), former Burton AM Tour winner, claimed his first BEO junior title today. The youngest rippers of the BEO rode the same course the adults will ride later on this week and mastered it with bravery and an amazing depth of talent. In the finals, every rider had three runs with the best one counting. Ty Walker met all expectations and repeated her previous victories at the BEO Junior Slopestyle in 2009 and 2010. She clearly dominated the girls event. Tys winning run consisted of a nosepress on the box, a backside 180 bonk on the ball, a cab 360 on the pipe, a frontside boardslide to backside boardslide on the box, backside air backside grab on the quarterpipe and a backside 360, a frontside 360 and a backside 540 on the kickers. Ty was very excited: _Im super stoked to win for the third time in a row, especially as it was definitely tougher to win as the years before. Its always great to come to LAAX, because the course is so original. I love this event!