Are, Sweden – April 11th, 2008: Sweden is taking the Swatch TTR 3-Star Burton Halfpipe Invitational to the next level on April 12th, 2008. A global collection of elite snowboarders have been invited to compete in Are, Sweden for Halfpipe glory, $80 000 SEK and 550 TTR Ranking points. Big names set to duke it out include TTR World No. 2 Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), TTR No. 18 Kim Rune Hansen (NOR), Olivier Gittler (FRA), Freddy Austbo (NOR) and local Swedish rider Jakob Wilhelmson. A highlight of this years competition is the head to head combat format, a request taken directly from the unique set of thirty-five pipe specialists. The format gives a thrilling experience to both riders and spectators with the best runs from each rider compared and judged against their single opponent. When only five snowboarders remain, the grand finale will be held in a best of two run format to determine the champ.The 2008 edition of the Burton Halfpipe Invitational is new to the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour and has entered the Tour on a 3-Star level. Event organizer Andy Olsson is stoked on what is sure to be a sick contest, explaining With the support from TTR we are now ready to take BHPI to the next level together with main sponsors Are Skistar, Skullcandy and Junkyard.se. Our goal is to inspire riders and media to leverage the fun and support the individual output and style. Here you will meet riders from all over the world with very different profiles, all competing during one sunny spring day in Are. For more information on the Swatch TTR 3-Star Burton Halfpipe Invitational visit www.burtoninvitational.se. Also check out www.ttrworldtour.com for news, rankings and videos from all the major 07/08 events of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour.