Irvine, CA—686 Clothing Company, division of WestlifeDistribution U.S.A. LLC, is pleased to announce the addition of PatrickMcCarthy to the global pro team.

“I am hyped to become part of the 686 family,” says Pat, “They makeprogressive outerwear that takes steps outside the normal boundaries tocreate innovative yet functional gear for snowboarders. The styling is nextlevel and the fit is amazing. I am proud to be representing 686 and havethem become a major supporter of my snowboarding career. “

Pat McCarthy has been a fixture on the professional snowboarding scene forsome time. He started riding in 1989 at Stevens Pass, Washington and soonbecame inspired by the terrain at Mt. Baker to make the move and become apermanent local. Not your typical contest guy, Pat craves the Northwestbackcountry style of snowboarding, whether it’s accessing it by a snowmobileor hiking out of a lift.

Patrick spent last season filming for Mack Dawg’s People and counts thatcrew as some of his favorite people to ride with. Pat will work with theMack Dawg movie again in the 2007-2008 season and also plans to visit Turkeyand Spain on editorial trips. He was also one of the only riders to have aphoto printed in every single major US magazine last month.

“Pat and I hung out a lot on the road last year and I saw his motivation andskills first hand, so when we started talking about the team, it just madesense,” says Will Redd, team and promotions manager, “He’s a great fit andhis riding and personality really speaks for itself. I’m extremely happy towelcome him to the family and look forward to working together more in thefuture.”In addition to 686, Pat McCarthy is sponsored by Option Snowboards,Northwave, Drake, Defcon, Dragon, One Ball Jay, Nixon, Spacecraft hats, andThe Snowboard Connection.