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Burton U.S. Open, in the beginning

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No Dragons Needed

Photograph By Trevor Graves

No pipe dragons here. The U.S. Open halfpipe has seen many incarnations, from being a hand-dug ditch to being shaped in a dirt trench dug in the offseason. The biggest mechanical breakthrough came from the deft wrist of Lyle Blazedale, who tooled up the shape of the pipe with a backhoe.