Burton will officially kick-off winter in Tokyo, Japan on Nov. 15 by hosting the worlds largest street snowboarding contest: the 4th annual Burton Rail Days presented by MINI. Completely free and open to the public, this years event will once again take place at Roppongi Hills Arena in the heart of Tokyo and feature 16 of the best international rail riders, including Jeremy Jones (USA), Zak Hale (USA), Mark Sollors (CAN), Alek Ostreng (NOR), Frank April (CAN), Lasse Ihalainen (FIN), Yuma Abe (JPN) and newcomer Shoma Takao (JPN), who earned a competition spot after winning the events new online video contest.
For the past three years, Burton Rail Days has drawn a record-breaking crowd for the world-class snowboard street competition, which starts at 5:00 pm (JST) on Saturday, November 15th when top invited riders will battle it out for a piece of the $27,000 prize purse. Created by Snow Park Technologies, the Burton Rail Days course is one of the industrys most innovative street snowboarding set-ups with a design that encourages each riders personal creativity and gives spectators the chance to get close to the action. Not only is the course design next level, its also a work of art thanks to Japanese artists Kane, Kazzrock and Kress Eye who are painting the massive Burton Rail Days course. Check out a video of the artists at work to get a taste of what the finished design will look like.
Im looking forward to Burton Rail Days, it’s one of my favorite events of the year, said Burton Team rider Zak Hale. The course and the crowd are super fun, and there’s nothing better than doing a contest in Tokyo with all your friends.
In addition to the world-class snowboard contest, Burton Rail Days includes all-day activities for the entire family leading up to the pro competition. On November 15th, Rail Days will open to the public from 11:00 am-5:00 pm with a free Burton Riglet Park where kids ages 3-6 years old can learn to snowboard on mini park features. Also open at 11:00 am, attendees can enjoy giveaways, an art exhibit, prizes and more in the wide array of sponsor tents. And later that day, things really heat up with an exclusive musical performance by Japans highly acclaimed DJ Iku before the main event.
If you cant make it to Tokyo to see Burton Rail Days in person, its really easy to follow it live. Just follow the hashtag #BurtonRailDays and head to www.burton.com/BRD for details on how to watch the contest live, as well as on-demand full webcast replays, highlight videos, winning runs and more. And if youre in the U.S., check your local listings for additional airdates later this winter of the Burton Rail Days Highlight show as well as the rest of the Burton Global Events Series programming on Fox Sports 2. And for those in Japan this week, you can win VIP tickets to attend Rail Days and check out the latest MINI Cooper D Crossover, be sure to stop by the MINI booth at Burtons Yokohama Outlet Store from November 8th –13th between 10:30 am-5:30 pm (JST).
Burton Rail Days Webcast Schedule-Saturday, November 15th:
LIVE WEBCAST: Australia Time Zone                          Start Time:
Burton Rail Days Competition                                        7:35 pm (AEDT)
LIVE WEBCAST: Japan Time Zone                               Start Time:
Burton Rail Days Competition                                        5:35 pm (JST)
LIVE WEBCAST: Central Europe Time Zone                 Start Time:
Burton Rail Days Competition                                        9:35 am (CET)
LIVE WEBCAST: VT, U.S. Time Zone                           Start Time:
Burton Rail Days Competition                                        3:35 am (EST)
LIVE WEBCAST: CA, U.S. Time Zone                           Start Time:
Burton Rail Days Competition                                        12:35 am (PST)
The following partners also supported Burton Rail Days: MINI, Monster, Paul Mitchell, Shiseido, Kawaba, Hakuba Valley, Samsung and G-Shock.