On Wednesday, at the 14th Burton European Open presented by MINI, both the men’s Slopestyle Semi-finals and the women’s Halfpipe Semi-finals were played out in near perfect weather conditions. Additionally, heat two of the men’s Slopestyle qualifications was completed in the morning, having been delayed by bad weather yesterday.
Over at the Slopestyle a field of 40 riders were set to do battle. The 500m course consisted of a dogleg rail section, a line of three booters into a flat down rail, pole jam, tank and finishing up with the MINI Creative Use of Space feature. Each rider would have two runs to prove their worth, the best of which would be count as their final score. From the 40 qualified, only 12 would go through to Friday’s final. The going would be tough as the lineup included a weighty clutch of heavy hitters including the likes of Aleksander Ostreng (NOR), Mark McMorris (CAN), Stale Sandbech (NOR) and Peetu Piiroinen (FIN).