Chloe Kim and Scotty James Qualify First in Burton U·S·Open Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Day two of the 35th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships went off with Chloe Kim of California and Scotty James of Australia taking the top spots in halfpipe semi-finals. Riders took full advantage of the perfectly sculpted 22-foot superpipe sending massive airs and stomping their most progressive runs under crystal clear skies at Vail Mountain. Today’s event narrowed the field down to six women and 10 men advancing into Saturday’s halfpipe finals.
Kelly Clark displaying her signature amplitude.
The women kicked things off with defending 2016 Burton U.S. Open Champion Chloe Kim posting the top score on her first of two qualifying runs. Kim blasted down the pipe with a five hit run linking up a massive backside air, into a frontside 900 tailgrab, a McTwist, and finishing with back-to-back 720s—a frontside 720 Indy into a Cab 720 stalefish. U.S. Snowboarding Team rider Maddie Mastro took second, followed by eight-time Burton U.S. Open Halfpipe Champion Kelly Clark in third, setting us up for a heated women’s finals event on Saturday.
Scotty James on his way to qualifying first.
Riding on the men’s side was intense as the field of 34 of the world’s best riders competed for the 10 finals slots. 2017 X Games pipe champion Scotty James continued his winning streak to qualify in first. James linked up a massive backside air, a frontside double cork 1080 stalefish, a Cab double cork 1080 mute, a frontside 900 melon and finished with a backside double cork 1260 mute. Defending 2016 Burton U.S. Open halfpipe champion Shaun White landed comfortably in second – setting himself up to go for his seventh U.S. Open halfpipe title. And Ayumu Hirano of Japan blasted into third going huge on every hit.
Ayumu Hirano shows why he qualified third.
Halfpipe picks up again on Saturday March 4 with the finals kicking off at 11:00am MST. Tomorrow marks slopestyle finals for women and men, with action kicking off at 11:00am MST on Vail’s Golden Peak. If you’re not in Vail, tune into the live webcast on BurtonUSOpen.com.
Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results
1. Chloe Kim (USA), 79.62
2. Maddie Mastro (USA), 78.62
3. Kelly Clark (USA), 77.62
4. Haruna Matsumoto (JPN), 74.99
5. Elena Kuntz-Hight (USA), 72.37
6. Sena Tomita (JPN), 67.50
Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals Results
1. Scotty James (AUS), 84.74
2. Shaun White (USA), 84.49
3. Ayumu Hirano (JPN), 78.74
4. Pat Burgener (SUI), 74.24
5. Raibu Katayama (JPN), 69.99
6. Jake Pates (USA), 69.62
7. Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), 68.75
8. David Habluetzel (SUI), 68.62
9. Chase Josey (USA), 67.24
10. Danny Davis (USA), 67.00
Ben Ferguson was a fan favorite.
Tonight, check out the U.S. Open Broomball Tournament and happy hour presented by Pacifico at the Solaris Ice Rink from 4:00–5:00pm MST. The Burton U.S. Open Live Music Lineup follows from 7:00pm–9:30pm featuring DJ CRE8 and American Jam band Twiddle taking the stage for an epic double set.
For details on all things U.S. Open including the live webcasts, follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to BurtonUSOpen.com or download the Burton U.S. Open app. You’ll find a full list of invited riders, plus info on the FREE concert lineup, product demos, Burton Girls happenings, Kids Learn To Ride events, and the history of the longest-running snowboard event in the world.