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It‘s on! With the introduction of the Creative Use of Space Award MINI and Burton Snowboards present a new format to competitive snowboarding and highlight an aspect of snowboarding which has gained it the appreciation of being a lifestyle rather than a sport: the creative use of and interaction with the space and environment surrounding a rider.

The CUoS Award has been introduced to the BGOS in order to support any riding  in competitive snowboarding that is of rather creative nature than following the spin-to-win routine.

Starting at the semi-finals Slopestyle and Halfpipe the judges of the BGOS select a number of runs they think of worthy to take part in the CUoS Award. These particular runs are presented to the public on www.facebook.com/MINI under the tab / link „Burton“ once the corresponding event has been finished. Site visitiors can vote for their favourite by simply hitting the “like” button. The most clip(s) accounting for the most “likes” win.

Once the facebook event voting is over we have one CUoS Award event-winner male and one female who get promoted to the CUoS Award global voting. Once all of the 3 relevant events – the European Open, the Canadian Open and the US Open – have been finished and hence event-votings have been decided there is a total of six riders ready to go head-to-head in the global voting.

So far we have seen Sven Thorgren and Ty Walker winning the European Open event voting and Scotty James and Cilka Sadar winning the Canadian Open. All 4 are awaiting the winners of the US Open event voting due to start at the 22nd of March with “ballots” open until April 4th in the Global voting beginning at April 5th 2011.

Winners of the global voting will take home 25.000 $US each and a nice trophy in order to underline their efforts.

Additionally MINI has pitched in a VIP trip for 4 persons with all expenses covered to a Burton Global Open Series tour stop of choice. So anybody who became friends with MINI on www.facebook.com/MINI and left his vote in the CUoS Award potentially can pack his bags and invite 3 more friends to go to Laax, Calgary, Stratton or Wanaka. So get ready voting and pass on the message to your friends!