Munich. When the mountains call, MINI follows. As a
global partner of Burton and official presenting partner of the Burton
Global Event Series (BEGS), the carmaker will once again deliver
plenty of course-side creativity and driving fun in 2014. Next stop in
the snowboarding competition calendar is the Burton European Open
(BEO), to be held from 13 to 19 January 2014 in the Swiss resort of
Laax. More than 300 riders from around the world are expected to
attend, including Swiss pro Christian (“Hitsch”) Haller and top
women’s snowboarder Enni Rukajärvi of Finland. Amid the superpipe and
the slopestyle course, a MINI Paceman will be showcased in a stunning
creative rendering by Urban Art Illustrator Andreas Preis.
Wild thing. The MINI Paceman SNOW BEAST.
MINI ascends to dizzy heights once again to present another member of
the MINI family in an original creative guise on Crap Sogn Gion in
Laax. Last year it was the PirateArtCrew snowboard artists who
unveiled an art installation featuring the MINI Countryman; this year
Urban Art Illustrator Andreas Preis takes up the challenge to work his
magic on a MINI Paceman. Preis is known for his striking designs as
displayed, for example, on skateboards and snowboards. Using his
expressive illustrative skills, the artist will take the MINI Paceman
and turn it into a wild MINI Paceman SNOW BEAST in time for the start
of the competitive event. It will have its first public airing against
the backdrop of the Burton European Open snowboard competitions and in
front of the C_ART container that will be periodically accessible to
the public. With his perfectly executed, highly detailed and
innovative illustrations, Preis – who shares his working time between
Berlin and Barcelona – is the ideal match for MINI. A passionate
snowboarder himself, he began his MINI Paceman SNOW BEAST project by
selecting five heraldic animals that symbolise mountains and snow: the
ibex represents ambition, the eagle vision, the lynx gracefulness, the
wolf teamwork and the owl wisdom.
As well as lending his creative touch to the MINI Paceman SNOW BEAST,
the artist will appear live on stage in the C_ART container designing
Burton Custom Snowboards.
The MINI Feature Award. MINI pays tribute to the secret heroes
of the mountains.
As well as being trained on the halfpipe category, all eyes at the
Burton European Open and Burton US Open will also turn to the creative
tricks executed on the slopestyle course. Here, the snowboarding elite
wouldn’t even get off the ground were it not for the expertise of the
shape teams responsible for constructing the obstacles on the pistes.
The MINI Feature Award aims to bring the backstage heroes into the
spotlight. Their task is to design the most innovative feature for the
slopestyle contest – while creatively integrating a MINI at a lofty
height. The team from Vail, Colorado (Burton US Open) headed by Elliot
Cone will pit its skills against the team from Laax (Burton European
Open) led by shape master Roger Heid in an exciting battle of
creativity. Both teams will receive US$ 5,000 each to support their
task. The panel of judges, comprising professional snowboarders,
representatives from Burton, judges and media representatives, will
announce the winning team at the end of the Burton US Open.
The Burton Global Event Series 2013/2014 presented by MINI.
One year, five events, four countries: the Burton Global Event Series
began at the end of this year with the Burton High Fives in Wanaka,
New Zealand and the Burton Rail Days in Tokyo, Japan. The Burton
European Open in Laax will be followed by the Burton US Open.
Qualifying for the latter will take place in Seven Springs,
Pennsylvania from 31.1 – 2.2.2014 and the championship itself will be
held in Vail, Colorado from 3.3 – 8.3.2014.
MINI is involved in action sports around the world through
cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious
sports, MINI supports young and creative sportspeople and, in so
doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the
official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.