January 19, 1998 – Vancouver, BC – Despite blowing wind and torrential rain riders perseveredand a full field hit the slopes of Mount Seymour, BC, for the first of thefour race Kokanee Kross Grand Nationals BoarderCross( series. Over 180participants provided some exciting action as they vied for $10,000. incash and prizes.

The course, designed of a series of bumps, airs, spines, berms, jumps andbanked turns, delivered. It proved a challenge to some of Canada’s topsnowboarders, with several of the top pro riders falling prey to itsdesign.

Today’s winners include Drew Neilson of Vernon, BC, who won the Men’s Procategory and $2,250.00 in cash, while Sherry Newstead, also of Whistler,took the Women’s Pro category and a purse of $1,250.00. The Men’s Amateurcategory was won by Ian Beer from Whistler, BC, and Sarah Hasek from NorthVancouver, BC, won the Women’s Amateur category.

The Kokanee Kross Grand Nationals BoarderCross( series continues acrossCanada with a total series purse of over $55,000. in cash and prizes. Nextstop is February 28 & March 1 at Banff/Mount Norquay, Alberta, then on toHorseshoe Resort in Ontario for March 14 & 15, ending at BlackcombMountain, BC, with the Grand Nationals Championship April 9,10, & 11.

The Kokanee Kross Grand Nationals series is sanctioned by the CanadianSnowboard Federation (CFS). For registration information call (604)924-0515.