Quiksilver rider Eric Willett won the Burton US Open slopestyle contest held today at Stratton in Vermont. The Breckenridge, CO-local led throughout the semi-finals and finals with a nearly flawless run made up of a frontside 270 boardslide, a backside tailslide 450 out, a Cab underflip 900, tailslide 270 out to a frontside 900 tail grab, and a final switch backside double cork 1080 mute grab. Willett’s double cork 1080 paired with consistent, smooth riding through the jib sections continues to bring home high scores. Just last month, the 22-year-old won slopestyle at the final Dew Tour stop, the Toyota Championships in Utah. Willett’s now packing his bags next for Tignes, France where he’ll attempt to defend his 2010 slopestyle gold at the European Winter X Games.
“It was awesome to win,” said Willett after the contest. “This is only my second time competing in the US Open, so to come here and win is great. Even with the tough weather, the level of riding was insane.”
In the halfpipe, Quiksilver rider Iouri Podladtchikov qualified in first place at the US Open today. He’s currently in third place on the BGOS standings with a chance to win it all with a good result in the pipe tomorrow. Check out I-Pod performance tomorrow in the men’s halfpipe finals from 1-2:30EST / 10-11:30PST. Men’s halfpipe finals will be shared live online at www.opensnowboarding.com.