After an epic slopestyle semi-final on Wednesday 7 March 2018 space had to be cleared for the Burton U.S. Open Halfpipe Semi-Finals. These riders set forward some of the most progressive runs imaginable under gorgeous skies in Vail’s 22-foot halfpipe. All of these riders are battling it out for the coveted title of U.S. Open halfpipe champion. In addition to the title, they’re shredding it out for a share of the R4 086 252.08 prize pot. Tensions were high amongst the riders especially taking into account that only the top 10 will make it through to the finals.
Burton U.S. Open Halfpipe Semi-Finals Recap
Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Right off the bat, you could see that these ladies are out to prove a point due to the fact that they heated up conditions with sick moves. Maddie Mastro (USA) forced her mark down on her first run while fellow competitors had to look on as one spot at the finals had been secured. She dropped a frontside 720 and a stylish Haakon Flip stalefish to earn the top women’s score of 85.87. Halfpipe Olympic medalist and reigning Burton U·S·Open champion Chloe Kim (USA) took the 2nd spot with a score of 85.12. China’s Xuetong Cai earned the third spot with a score of 83.12, as a result, these three ladies qualified for the final event.
Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals
This semi-final would have had anyone at the edge of their seats due to the fact that riders shook up the scorecard until the very end. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano (JPN) tipped the scales when he broke the 90s barrier and scored an epic 92.37 during his final run. Ayumu wasn’t the only Hirano at this contest since his older brother Eiju and younger brother Kaishu both were fellow competitors.Chase Josey (USA) seems to be a pretty consistent rider killing both of his runs in epic fashion. He started off with a steady score but managed to improve his score on his final run to an 89.12. Olympic bronze medal winner Scotty James (AUS) secured his spot at 3rd with a score of 87.25.