30 Years of the Burton US Open
Posted by Rollinglobe Crew on March 08, 2012
This weekend marks a HUGE milestone in the history of snowboarding.
Well, it all started thirty years ago, when Jake Burton made an appearance at the first-ever National Snowsurfing Championships at Suicide Six in Vermont. That was 1982, when the start gate was nothing more than an upside-down table, and competitors used the legs to give themselves an extra push down the mountain.
… Talk about bootleg!
But that’s how snowboarding got its start… off the imaginations of riders who dreamed of sailin’ down a snow-covered mountain on something other than skis.
Snowboarding has come a long way since then, and many would say the sport wouldn’t be where it’s at without the Burton US Open. As the event has grown, so has the sport… each building off of one another in a game of one-upmanship that has led to some truly epic evolution in how boarders ride and compete.
So you better believe that this weekend at Stratton Ski Resort in Vermont, the Burton US Open will be doing it up BIG for its 30th anniversary!
What do they have in store?
Nothing but a serious lineup of competitions, parties and musical performances by artists such as Method Man, Redman and Super Mash Bros.
There will also be plenty of retro-themed celebrations, like this Friday’s so-called Washed-Up Cup – reserved for legends from contests of yore – going down on the same run where the very first races at Stratton took place in 1985. This year, head to Suntanner as the crew recreates history.
In addition to all the carousing and competitions, a Burton pop-up shop will be positioned in the sponsor village, featuring limited-collection vintage snowboards, 30th anniversary jackets, tees and other souvenirs. The sponsor village will also be the first place where you can demo Burton’s 2013 line.
The celebration’s been going down all week, but the weekend is when the competition really gets going. Friday will mark the men’s and women’s slopestyle finals, followed by the legends’ slingshot event. Saturday will bring the half-pipe finals and the Night Jam.
The best part? It’s all FREE!
So get up to Stratton, VT, this week and become a part of snowboarding history.