Burton announced today that they are cancelling the 2010 Asian Open Snowboarding Championships because of scheduling conflicts. The Burton Asian Open was due to take place from March 2-7 2010 at ALTS Bandai in Japan.
“Our first goal with any Global Open Series event is to provide riders with the best scenario possible,” said Burton Events Director Liam Griffin. “We had already made the decision to push the event into the first week in March instead of the normal dates the last week of February. This allowed a bit of time in the schedule after the Olympics, but made things pretty tight with the US Open. After talking to riders, we decided it was better to just take a year off with the Asian event, rather than risk burning people out after such a hectic early season.”
This adjustment will mean that the amount of results needed for riders to maximize their chance of winning the BGOS (Burton Global Open) title has been reduced from five to four. However Burton are pumping more money into the competition, as new to this year, the top three men and women finishers in the global open series will be awarded cash prizes totaling $200,000. The Burton European Open is the next competition in the BGOS series and is taking place in LAAX, Switzerland from January 6-9th 2010, where points can also be gained in the swatch TTR World Tour.