Above: Women’s Halfpipe Podium: Chloe Kim (2nd), Maddie Mastro (1st) and Xuetong Cai (3rd).
We reckon quite a few of us spent last weekend following the 37th Burton US Opens witnessing some ridiculously good riding, pushing the level of snowboarding yet again further. Maddie Mastro took home gold in women’s halfpipe with a score of 84.74, and no surprise there, as she made history with being the first woman to ever stomp a double crippler in competition. She took the lead on her final run, combining a backside air, then combing a frontside 540 stalefish into a backside 540 stalefish, into a massive frontside 720 Indy, a Haakon flip stalefish, into her historic double crippler Indy and finishing with a backside air.
“The first woman to ever stomp a double crippler in competition”
Scotty James, winner of the men’s halfpipe in 2019 Burton US Open, stays undefeated as he has won every halfpipe contest of the season so far. He earned his winning score of 92.00 on his first run, starting off with a massive switch backside 1080 Indy, into a backside double cork 1260 mute, into a frontside 1080 nosegrab, a Cab double cork 1080 mute, ending with a frontside double cork 1260 stalefish on his fifth and final hit.
“With all the four champions of 2019 being first-time winners, we can’t wait to see what’s going to be next for Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Red Gerard, Maddie Mastro and Scotty James”
This years women’s slopestyle winner was Zoi Sadowski-Synnott with am impressive score of 82.55. Her winning run included heavy tricks in the upper rail section kicking off with a massive-scoring switch boardslide 270 out, to a switch 50-50 switch backside 180 melon out, 50-50 backside 180 stalefish out, heading into the first jump with a massively-stylish switch backside 900 stalefish, into a frontside 720 mute on the side transition feature and ending with a huge backside 540 stalefish.
The 2018 Olympic slopestyle gold medallist Red Gerard took home gold in this years Burton US Open men’s slopestyle. He came into the finals as the top finisher from semi-finals, holding the top place from the start as he earned the winning score of 80.55 on his first run. Gerard put together a technical combination in the upper rail section, starting off with a noseslide to frontside boardslide to fakie, into a half-Cab 50-50 on backside 360 melon out, into a boardslide 450 Indy underflip out, he sped into the jump section starting off with a switch backside 1260 Indy, into a frontside double cork 1080 Indy on the transition feature and finishing with a huge backside triple cork 1440 mute on the final hit to roaring cheers from the crowd.
With all the four champions of 2019 being first-time winners of Burton US Open, we can’t wait to see what’s going to be next for Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Red Gerard, Maddie Mastro and Scotty James.