Cover image photos: Shaun White & Ayumu Hirano by Gabe L’Heureux, Chloe Kim & Red Gerard by Peter Cirilli, Ed Leigh by Ed Blomfield
In a year when we may see Donald “my penis is bigger than yours” Trump become the most powerful man in the world; the implosion of the European Union under the weight of mass migration, economic incompetence and the “straight banana” scandal; all of Persia’s historical monuments destroyed by IS only to be replaced with 5-a-side football pitches and Nike finally re-issuing the Air Jordan V in the original black colourway – I think the most significant and tectonic plate-shifting event of 2016 will turn out to be the Burton US Open.
Here’s why, in some sort of order:
1. Only British People Are Capable of Commentating on Snowboarding
Between Monsieur Poudreuse’s alter-ego Ed Leigh, Tim “Chip hat wearing seagull dodger” Warwood and the BMW mini-driving Aramis-esque moustachioed Henry Jackson, the flat vowels of the Brits are taking over the internet-streaming airwaves of snowboarding.
Considering that for the best part of 20 years we have had little more than bits of old car-footwell mats laid on the side of a slag heap to snowboard on, it is simply amazing that we have managed to become so dominant in the world of talking about snowboarding and watching other people do it who are better than us… (err… hold on)
If it wasn’t for the X-Games having a total blind spot to anyone who isn’t American and wants to join the US Navy, only Jack Mitrani, who looks like he is constantly thinking about how he could get his hands into Silje Norendal‘s pants whenever he is interviewing anyone, can stem the tide.
Before you know it, even Tom Monterroso will have to start impersonating Austin Powers and drinking Earl Grey tea out of fine bone China to have any chance of getting a gig.