Santa Fe Springs, CA (November 20, 2002) — Vans, Inc. (Nasdaq: VANS): Basking in the afterglow of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, the 2002-03 snowboard contest season opens December 12-15 as the world's best snowboarders including America's Olympic medallists, Ross Powers, Danny Kass, JJ Thomas and Kelly Clark, descend upon Breckenridge Ski Resort for the Mountain Dew Pro Nationals of Snowboarding. The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals feature more than 100 athletes tackling the Halfpipe and Slopestyle course as well as vying in the Mountain Dew Rail Jam contest in North America's first major snowboarding competition of the year. For those who can't make it to Breckenridge, the Mountain Dew Pro Nationals, with more than $110,000 and a Ford Ranger FX4 at stake, airs on NBC Sports on January 26 at 5:00 pm EST.
In addition to the American Olympian presence, the Mountain Dew Pro Nationals boast the biggest names in competitive snowboarding including last year's overall Vans Triple Crown women's champ, Gretchen Bleiler, as well as Tommy Czeschin, Doran Laybourn, Daniel Franck, Abe Teter and Hana Beaman and Breckenridge Team Riders Todd Richards and Chad Otterstrom. The athletes will be challenged by one of the world's great halfpipes and terrain parks as Breckenridge once again comes into the season rated highly by boarders as one of the top mountains for snowboarders in the United States. This year, a new 18 ½-foot Zaugg Superpipe will welcome riders to the 2002-2003 season.
"The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals at Breckenridge have been the perfect start to the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding for five years now, said Steve Van Doren, Vans' vice president of promotions. "With nearly every big contest rider coming out, we'll get an early look at who is going to take snowboarding to new heights this winter.
The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals will consist of three events — Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Rail. In Slopestyle, riders make an untimed run loaded with jumps, a quarter pipe and hand rails with the run judged on consistency and level of difficulty. In the Halfpipe event, riders utilize Breck's massive superpipe walls to perform tricks judged on difficulty, execution and "amplitude. The Mountain Dew Rail Jam features riders each taking a stab at pulling off the gnarliest moves on a specially built competition rail in a less formal setting, but with big cash still on the line.
1. Todd Richards 1. Tommy Czeschin
2. Travis Rice 2. Shaun White
3. J.J. Thomas 3. Christopher Nelson
1. Kim Bohnsack 1. Gretchen Bleiler
2. Katrina Voutilainen 2. Tricia Byrnes
3. Sara Osterberg 3. Autumn Rose
The $330,000 Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding continues with the Built Ford Tough Championships at Mammoth Mountain Resort, Mammoth Lakes, CA, January 23-26 and the Vans North American Championships, March 6-9 at Bear Mountain Resort, Big Bear Lake, CA.
The Mountain Dew National Championships of Snowboarding presented by Ford Trucks and Vans are made possible through a partnership of Ford Trucks, Mountain Dew, the Xbox„¢ video game system from Microsoft, Right Guard Xtreme, Transworld SNOWboarding, Fox Sports Net and NBC Sports. The Vans Triple Crown„¢ Series features the world's top athletes participating in premier venues throughout North America for the top prize purse in each of six Core Sports„¢ disciplines: Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX, Freestyle Motocross, Surfing and Snowboarding.
Vans (Nasdaq: VANS) is a leading worldwide brand for Core Sports„¢ specializing in performance and lifestyle footwear, apparel, snowboard boots and bindings. Its contributions to Core Sports include the Vans Triple Crown„¢ Series, the operation of 12 large-scale Vans Skateparks, the High Cascade Snowboard Camp„¢, majority ownership of the Vans Warped Tour? and the continued sponsorship Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships. Vans collections are sold in the United States through 169 commpany owned stores and factory outlets as well as a network of independent retailers. Vans also distributes to approximately 50 countries internationally through distributors, sales agents and foreign subsidiaries.
For more information on Vans and the Vans Triple Crown Series, please visit www.vans.com