March 06, 2019

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Over the weekend, the 37th-annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships wrapped up in Vail, Colorado—and trust us, headlines were made.

This iteration of the event saw—for the first time ever—all new champions. Vail Mountain also saw a first for the women’s competition as well as an undefeated season for one sensational Australian.

Without further ado, the results:

 

Women’s Halfpipe Finals

 

Maddie Mastro was a maestro out on the 22-foot Vail Mountain halfpipe (see what we did there?), nailing her first career win with a score of 84.74. However, the news that shook the sport was Maddie’s double crippler—the first ever of its kind landed by a woman in competition. 

Mastro had the following to say after her incredible run: “I’m just fully overwhelmed! This is my first contest win, and for it to be at the U.S. Open is this incredible amazing feeling. This trick is something I want to be doing consistently and make progression a norm for women’s snowboarding.”

Mastro has been ascending quickly—she nabbed third place in 2017, second in 2018, and now first in 2019.

Three-time Burton U.S. Open champion, American Chloe Kim, claimed second at this year’s event.

 

Men’s Halfpipe Finals

 

Scotty James rolled into the finals as the second-place qualifier.

Scotty was so not about being in second place.

James went balls-to-the-wall in his first run, stomping a switch backside 1080 Indy, into a backside double cork 1260 mute, into a frontside 1080 nosegrab, into a cab double cork 1080 mute, and then finishing with a frontside double cork 1260 stalefish. It was good for a winning score of 92.00.

“It’s been an amazing season. Coming off second in semi-finals definitely put a fire under my butt, I definitely didn’t like finishing off there. So I came out today and really wanted to put on a show for myself and for everyone that came up here to watch us. It’s just amazing—I’m absolutely over the moon,” James said.

The big win put a bow on a perfect, undefeated season-long win streak for James.

Raibu Katayama of Japan claimed second with a score of 90.49.

 

Women’s Slopestyle Finals

 

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott rolled into the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships hot off wins at the X Games and the World Championships—but she wasn’t about to settle for anything less than a trifecta. 

Zoi’s winning run of 82.55 featured a switch boardslide 270 out, into a switch 50-50 switch backside 180 melon out, into a 50-50 backside 180 stalefish out, into a switch backside 900 stalefish, into a frontside 720 mute on the side transition feature and finishing with an awesome backside 540 stalefish. 

Sadowski-Synnott commented, “I can’t even explain how I’m feeling right now, I’m just happy to be here and happy to put down a run. This was one of the first contests I watched when I first started competing and I’ve always wanted to go. I’m just so stoked right now.”

Julia Marino received second with a score of 80.35.

 

Men’s Slopestyle Finals

 

Perhaps unsurprisingly to some, 2018 Olympic slopestyle gold medallist, Red Gerard, waltzed into this event with supreme confidence and finished with the ultimate prize.

Red simply dominated from start-to-finish through all three finals runs. His first run of 80.55 was all he needed to clinch the top spot, in part featuring a wicked series consisting of a switch backside 1260 Indy, into a frontside double cork 1080 Indy, into a backside triple cork 1440 mute.

“It’s pretty crazy, I’ve never really thought I’d be on the podium at the U.S. Open, so to win is beyond me,” Gerard said. 

Sven Thorgren of Sweden grabbed second place with a score of 79.60.