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Spirits High, Fog Low At 5Star Canadian Open Slopestyle Prequals


The second day of the annual Burton Canadian Open Snowboarding Championships got off to a slow start this morning at Canada Olympic Park as the venue was socked in by a heavy fog resulting in a four hour delay of the mens slopestyle pre-qualifications. 73 men were signed up and ready to drop into the slopestyle course which was made up of a step-up saddle to down box, followed by a down flat down kink rail, a log jib, down rail, wall ride and three kickers. As morning turned into afternoon the fog slowly lifted, finally allowing the first of two heats to get underway. 37 men dropped, in a best of two run pre-qualification round. Ben Watts, who had a stellar showing at yesterdays halfpipe qualifications came out on top with a run that started off with a Cab 180 to frontside boardslide, followed by a gap to lipslide on the kink, into a frontside 360 lipslide, followed by a boardslide 270, pulling a stylish Cab 540 mute off the first hit into a fronts 720 lein finishing with a backside 720 mute grab. Canadian Jon Versteeg took the top spot in his heat with a run that started off with a half Cab to 270 switchup, into a frontside boardslide, followed by a backside 360 handplant off the log, into a 270 slide on the down rail, followed by a Cab 180 into wallride, Cab 720 melon on the first hit, a switch backside 540 over the channel, finishing with a backside 720 tailgrab. The top 15 men from each heat plus the next ten highest scores are advancing on to Thursdays qualifications, in total 24 men from heat 1 and 16 from heat 2. The Burton Canadian Open action continues tomorrow with mens slopestyle quals. An overall male and female Burton Global Open Series Champion will be crowned at the final event, the US Open Snowboarding Championships held in Stratton, Vermont. The top three men and women will take home equal prize money, with first place winning $50,000, second place $30,000 and third place taking home $20,000.