Chloe Kim (USA) and Ayumu Hirano (JPN) earned the U.S. Open halfpipe titles at the 36th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships adding their names to the legendary list of winners. It was an incredible day of halfpipe riding as the field of 10 men and six women competed in Vail Mountain’s 22-foot halfpipe in a best of three-run finals format.
In the women’s field, Chloe Kim successfully defended her title for a third year in a row following her incredible gold medal win at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Kim kept the crowd on their toes, strategically revising her tricks to nail her final run linking up a huge backside air, into a frontside 1080 tail, switch frontside 720 Indy, frontside 900 tail, ending with a McTwist Indy for a top score of 85.87.
Kim says, “I feel like I was really pushing myself today. I had the best practice, landing solid back-to-back 10s. I was hoping I could put it down here in the contest, but I had to take a step back and play it a little safe.”
Coming off her huge win in PyeongChang and the ensuing media appearances, Kim was excited at the opportunity to defend her Burton U.S. Open title, she said, “I love this contest. There’s just so many smiles on everyone’s faces here. It’s always the most fun contest of the season.”
Maddie Mastro (USA) took second place with a score of 82.99, kicking off her run with a massive frontside 900 Indy, and Haruna Matsumoto (JPN) landed in third with a score of 78.25. Not only did Matsumoto land her first 1080 in competition today, she also takes the honor of becoming the first female Japanese rider to stand on the podium at the Burton U.S. Open.
Clif Bar awarded the Clif ‘Raise the Bar’ Awards rewarding creativity and style by spotlighting the best throwback trick in the halfpipe. Benjamin Ferguson (USA) won the men’s award with his Indy air-to-fakie on the first hit of the pipe. Kelly Clark (USA) won the award for the women with her stylish tuck knee frontside air.
Women’s Halfpipe Finals Results
- Chloe Kim (USA), BURTON, 85.87
- Maddie Mastro (USA), BILLABONG, 82.99
- Haruna Matsumoto (JPN), ROXY, 78.75
- Xuetong Cai (CHN), AUDI, 78.25
- Kelly Clark (USA), BURTON, 75.25
- Jiayu Liu (CHN), NIKE, 30.37
Men’s Halfpipe Finals Results
- Ayumu Hirano (JPN), NIKE, 89.62
- Raibu Katayama (JPN), BURTON, 86.75
- Scotty James (AUS), RED BULL, 83.62
- Ben Ferguson (USA), BURTON, 83.24
- Pat Burgener (SUI), SAMSUNG, 82.62
- Jake Pates (USA), ROCKSTAR, 74.62
- Derek Livingston, (CAN), 686, 67.99
- Naito Ando, (JPN), KISSMARK, 66.50
- Chase Josey (USA), ROCKSTAR, 39.00
- Jan Scherrer (SUI), NITRO, 31.87