Open Format & Seeded Riders
Field Size: 22 Riders. Starting Spots are allocated to riders according to the World Snowboarding Slopestyle Points List, event wildcards and qualified riders from the Red Bull Open National Qualifier.
RIDER REGISTRATION (October 20 – November 1)
To register, read the information provided HERE and contact email@example.com – There are 16 Spots available: Your starting spot is then confirmed when you receive a written confirmation from Steve.
THE 14th EDITION OF THE RED BULL OPEN
The Red Bull Open continues its hot streak as one of the most talked about contests on the tour as it enters its 14th year. With Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022, snowboarding is rapidly gaining a huge fan base in China and the Red Bull Open is where a lot of locals get their first taste of the sport in person.
There’s little wonder why many riders request to come back to this event – the Red Bull Open provides a perfect blend of contest riding, local hospitality, and cultural immersion, of course ‘mixed’ in with some serious party-time. For once it’s not about the triple corks and spin-to-wins, but for riders to experience the local culture and represent snowboarding as a fun, accessible sport to the local spectators.
The local Mellowparks.cn park and event crew put together one of Asia’s top slopestyle terrain parks, combining a perfectly shaped double kicker line with creative jib features, all located in the Nanshan Mellow Park just outside of Beijing. As a true ‘by-riders-for-riders’ event, the organizers are no desk-jockeys, seen testing the kickers themselves on training day and welcoming the visiting pros with large family-style dinners. It’s clear this team shares a strong passion, surrounding the event with a truly friendly and enjoyable atmosphere!
Preceding the main competition is the World Snowboard Tour National Level event 14th Red Bull Open National Qualifier on January 9th. As the largest event of the year in the region, the qualifier and Open offers locals an opportunity to get World Snowboard Tour Ranking points on the board, and with the top riders progressing through to the International Level event it also allows them to compete alongside bigger-name pros for even more points and prize money – an honor often met with both excitement and nervousness!
Saturday, January 9th 2016 – National Qualifier
Friday, January 15th 2016 – Open Training
Saturday, January 16th 2016 – Seeding event
Sunday, January 17th 2016 – Head-to-Head and Red Bull Big Air Battle
It began over a decade ago as the ‘Nanshan Open’, when a small group of friends threw the first snowboard competition ever held on Chinese soil with just a handful of riders and a case of beer as the top prize. As the contest has evolved and grew the following years, it earned global recognition in 2007 as a 3Star stop on the World Snowboard Tour. The Nanshan Open has ‘leveled up’ since then to International Level status, and is now the largest annual slopestyle competition in Asia on the World Snowboard Tour.
The event has hosted a who’s-who of up-and-coming riders, including numerous Olympians, Transworld’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ Austin Smith, female superstars Hana Beaman and Leanne Pelosi, along with the Isenseven, Nitro RoadWarriors and Pirate Movie Productions film crews. Past winners of the event include Mons Roisland (2015), Mathias Weissenbacher (2014), Jeremy Thompson (2013), Juuso Laivisto (2012 and 2010), Janne Korpi (2011) Freddy Austbo (2009), Jakob Wilhelmson (2008) and Hampus Mosesson (2007), with a ‘guest judge’ line-up equally impressive including Travis Parker, Michi Albin, Ingemar Backman and Scotty Wittlake.
2016 will be the Open’s 10th year with Red Bull as the title sponsor – this long-term partnership has allowed both organizer and sponsor alike to focus on improving the event and raise the bar year after year. The Red Bull Open has undoubtedly put China on the snowboarding map, and anticipation is high for number 14!
“The Nanshan Open in China was amazing. From the moment we arrived in Beijing we were taken care of so well. Amazing dinners every night, nice hotels and we got to do lots of touristy stuff… The comp was fun too, definitely one of my better snowboarding experiences” – Nick Brown, 2010
“It was for me the best competition of the season, really good time – whole week, good crowd, crazy parties… and I won!” – Mathias Weissenbacher, 2014
“Absolute best time ever! I hope I can come to this competition every year for the rest of my life…” – Ian Thorley, 2013, 2014
“Going to China was awesome. I broke my nose, split it open, jacked my ankle up, but I had a great time. It was a super rad experience.” – Hana Beaman, 2013
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