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14-Year Old Monster Halfpipe Prodigy Ayumu Hirano Takes Second At Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships

Vail, CO (PRWEB) March 05, 2013

Young Japanese Pipe destroyer Ayumu Hirano earned second place at the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, taking home $ 20k and making history again after coming off his X Games silver medal win as the youngest medalist, who can now add youngest Halfpipe Champion to his record book.

Hirano, who went even bigger than legendary Shaun White in Vails perfect halfpipe, and pushed him hard to the finish, earned a score of 87.40 next to Whites 95.58 high score, and a place in snowboard history as the youngest snowboarder ever to claim this prestigious title.

"I was able to ride my best at the US Open and couldn't have done it without all my friends, sponsors and coaches supporting me, said Ayumu. The halfpipe at Vail was on point and I think it was a fun day for everyone in the contest."

Hirano linked together a massive run and amplitude was key, boosting the highest method air of the day on his first hit at nearly 25-feet, followed into a frontside 1080 tail grab, cab 1080 nose grab, frontside 900 tail grab, backside 540 mute, and nailed an absolutely huge frontside 1080 double cork frontside grab on the last hit. His final run, unbelievably, was even bigger and better unfortunately Hirano literally ran out of room on his last hit and landed in the shallow transition at the end of the Pipe.

Not only does this victory come off the heels of Hiranos famous silver medal performance at Aspen X Games, but the young Monster Energy rider just recently won first place at the 2013 Burton European Open Halfpipe Finals in Laax, Switzerland with a score of 86.60, and won the Burton High Five in New Zealand to start the season off.

Hirano has been dominating the Juniors Halfpipe scene for a couple years now, but he literally detonated the Mens Pro division in 2012/2013 and signified the changing of the guard, and the beginning of a new era. Snowboarding in Japan since the tender age of four, Ayumu follows the teachings and guidance of Monster Energy teammate and certified Stylemaster Kazuhiro Kokubo and splits his time between the US and Japan.

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Skiing & Snowboarding World Professional Championships on March 2 to 3 in Colorado Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride, Colorado (NYSE) 21 February 2007

From the World Cup and Winter X Games at the Olympic Winter Games, announced that American ski and snowboard racers stood out from the competition to attract headlines and get more than their fair share of gold, silver and bronze hardware on the Podium. This story has opted for the most prestigious event of snow sport professionals, "the Jeep right? King of the Mountain Series, the best of the USA in Seth Wesccott, Lindsey Jacobellis and Casey Puckett presented, as well as other champions from around the world, during the grand finale of the Ski and Snowboarding World Professional Championships on March 2, -3 at Colorado Telluride Ski Resort.

The grand finale is the 24th Telluride March from 13.00 clock air - 02.00 clock and 25 March from 13.00 bis 02.00 Clock Clock on CBS Sports. Each race of the 2006-2007 Skiing & Snowboarding World Professional Championships will be on CBS Sports, with additional broadcast coverage on national television.

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The use could not be higher in Telluride, where 24 leading athletes, including Winter Olympians, world champions and national champions, will battle head to one part of the event record cash of $ 450,000 plus $ 20,000 in Cash Bonus Head John Paul Mitchell Systems and the keys to a new 2007 Jeep Patriot. Be crowned especially at the end of the competition new World Professional Champions will.

The action begins at Telluride with a National Open Qualifier on Thursday 1 March at 11.00 clock on the Misty Maiden course, try to where the local amateur, club and professional ski and snowboard players the opportunity to earn and have a position in the World Professional Championships. Registration for the National Open Qualifier take place on Wednesday February 28, from 14.00 bis 18.00 clock clock at the Peaks Lodge. The registration fee is $ 40.00 and includes a lift ticket.

Once the final field was set, it is time for the real action begins. The Ski & Snowboarding World Professional Championships will be held on Jeep King of the Mountain Series instead of 'innovative Y-cross racecourse. The star-studded squad will feature athletes from Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and everywhere in between. The ski competition held on Friday, take 2 March, with the snowboarders under the stage on Saturday, March 3.

Both race days with free entertainment and parties close to the public. On Friday after the ski competition, DJ music on the Plaza before the opening ceremony and a torchlight parade at 6:30 clock on Saturday, spin, the snowboard races with a free live concert of Donavon Frankenreiter at 3:30 followed Clock

World Professional Champions will be based on points for six races spanning from December 2006 to March 2007 accrued determined. Previous races were held in Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort in Utah met, Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado and Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico. Road in Telluride, where the point values ​​are doubled, each of the men's and women's ski and snowboard contests are still undecided, with many riders a chance to earn the ultimate title.

In the men's snowboard leader, Farmington, Maine Wescott, the snowboard-cross gold medalist of the Olympic Winter Games in 2006 currently holds the lead, followed by Nate Holland, a 2006 Winter Olympics and New Zealand National Champion from Squaw Valley, California and Canada's Drew Neilson, an Olympic Winter Games in 2006 with six World Cup titles, a Continental Cup Championship, and a number of gold, silver and bronze medals from the Winter X Games. Also defended the hunt World Professional Champion and Olympic 2006 Winter Graham Watanabe of Park City, Utah, Mario Fuchs of Austria, an Olympic Winter Games in 2006 and Austrian National Champion, and the notorious Shaun Palmer of South Lake Tahoe, California, this season has participated in both the snowboarding and skiing competitions. Palmer's illustrious career includes five snowboard World Championships, Winter X Games and Gravity Games gold medals in skiing, super-cross-designation in the sport of moto-cross, and a mountain bike world championships.

women's snowboarding, Stratton Mountain, Vermont will 's Jacobellis have to ward off a field as diverse as it is deep. On their heels is Julie Pomagalski of France, who has collected two French National Championships, one World Championship and nine World Cup titles in her career. Other notables Doresia Krings count of Austria, a 2006 Winter Games Olympic athlete and two-time defending World Professional Champion, Tanja Frieden of Switzerland, the snowboard-cross gold medalist of the Olympic Winter Games in 2006, and Seattle, Wash. 's Marni Yamada, a member of the U.S. Snowboard team.

men skiing, Aspen, Colo. 's Puckett, the defending World Professional Champion and a four-time Olympic participant sits on top of the rankings. Behind him is Lars Lewen of Sweden, a U.S. Freeskiing Champion and two-time gold medalist at the Winter X Games. A three-way tie for third place, Jake Fiala are from Frisco, Colorado, a winter Olympics, a U.S. National Champion, Enak Gavaggio of France, winner of six World Cup titles, a Winter X Games gold and four International Free Skier Association World Championships and Tomas Kraus of the Czech Republic, who earned a World Cup and two World Cup Championships in the past two years.

The women's ski competition is equally fascinating. Ophelie David of France, the seven-time World Cup champions, has three times world champion and French National Champion won both events so far and seems primed to repeat as World Professional Champion. Behind her are three drivers tied for the second, including Canadian Anik Demers of Truckee, California, a Winter X Games gold medal winner Magdalena Iljans of Sweden, six-time World Cup champions and Brett Buckles of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, a Gravity Games gold medal winner and North American Freeskiing Champion.

Racing against top competitors in front of thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers is challenge enough. Add in the Jeep King of the Mountain Series' innovative Y-cross racecourse and the result is one of the most exciting race settings in the industry. For the first part of the course, two competitors navigate the dual feuilleton, consisting of single and double rooms rollers. Once through this section to converge the two courses in a single course, forming the approximate shape of a Y. The second section of terrain offers features of snowboard-cross racing, including banked turns, jumps and table tops. Athletes must be able "work" the terrain features in order to generate extra speed, use techniques such as NASCAR-style drafting and feel literally with other riders breathing down their neck. An athlete in Telluride is handpicked to serve as their personal touch on the Y-cross racecourse part of the Jeep King of the Mountain Series will be made "competitor inspired" racecourse design program, which the racers on the hand-select allows the layout and technical elements most desired by the athletes themselves

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