Vancouver, Canada ¿ Vans, Inc., the premier Southern California-based Core Sports and lifestyle brand, has announced halfpipe winners from the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, THE VANS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Held at Mount Seymour, British Columbia, Canada January 13-16, the snowboard cross and big air disciplines were unexpectedly canceled due to poor visibility and high winds. However, athletes were kept in good spirits with live bands, good food, and several makeshift competitions.

Following the cancellation of Friday’s snowboard cross competition due to poor visibility, event organizers made the decision to postpone the event until Saturday. The fog failed to subside and the snowboard cross competition was postponed until the final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding at Sierra at Tahoe, California February 24-27, 2000.

At 4pm Saturday afternoon, the fog finally lifted and the halfpipe competition commenced under the lights. With an amazing view as far as Mt. Baker, Washington, athletes, judges, and spectators rushed to the halfpipe to get the competition underway. Over 150 international athletes displayed an incredible level of riding. Just after midnight, the halfpipe finals concluded and Ross Powers and Kim Stacey rode away with $10,000 USD and $7,500 USD respectively. Powers edged out Canadian rider Trevor Andrew and Norweigan Arild Brun Kjeldaas to take the win, while Stacey defeated Canadian Natasza Zurek and Norweigan Anne Molin Kongsgard to take her win.

“I knew the weather would be bad when I came down from Whistler, but I knew it would be a good contest anyway,” said Powers following his winning run. “I landed a McTwist and back-to-back 720’s and just tried to ride smooth. I’m two for two now so I’m definitely going to the Tahoe event to try for the Ford Ranger,” Powers continued, referring to his halfpipe win at the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown.

On Sunday, weather continued to plague the event as high winds forced the cancellation of the big air event.Just like the snowboard cross event, the big air was also postponed until the final stop of the Vans TripleCrown of Snowboarding.

“I’d like to thank all of the athletes for being so cool and patient during all the weather delays,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans’ vice president of promotions. “We stuck it out and had an absolutely amazing halfpipe finals at night for the crowd. I look forward to holding the snowboard cross and big air events at the Ford Ranger North American Championships in Tahoe and giving away the prize money we couldn’t give out here at the Vans Championships.”

During the downtime, competitors and spectators made the best of the conditions by holding a hot dog eating contest in the athlete tent, a jib contest on a metal ladder, and a mini-air contest built on a hand made jump. In addition, the band Gob performed on-stage Saturday and MXPX on Sunday for the waiting crowds.

The $125,000 USD prize purse, one of the largest in the sport, was made possible by event sponsors Mountain Dew, G-Shock, PlayStation, Ford Ranger, Rolling Stone Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine and Snowboard Canada Magazine. In addition to all the snowboarding action, sponsor booths were packed with spectators getting free goods and checking out all the latest products.

The first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, the Mountain Dew Classic, was held in Breckenridge, Colorado December 3-5, 1999. Winners included Philippe Conte and Ine Poetzl in the snowboard cross discipline, Josh Dirksen and Tara Dakides in the big air, and Ross Powers and Nicola Thost in the halfpipe. The final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, the Ford Ranger North American Championships, will be held at Sierra at Tahoe, California February 24-27 with snowboard cross, halfpipe, and slopestyle disciplines, in addition to the re-scheduled events from the Vans Championships.

Following the culmination of the 1999//00 Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, one men’s and one women’s overall series points winner will be announced based on a points system equating all three snowboarding disciplines. The men’s winner will receive a brand new Ford Ranger and the women’s winner will receive a one week all-expense paid trip for two to the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Each stop of the Vans Triple Crown Series will receive a dedicated one-hour show, airing at least three times on the ESPN networks in over 180 countries to over 200 million households worldwide. In addition, a half-hour compilation show featuring the ‘Best of the Triple Crown of Snowboarding’ will include series highlights, airing in the same distribution channels.

Women
1 STACEY KIM
2 ZUREK NATASZA
3 KONGSGARD ANNE MOLIN
4 HESSO MINNA
5 DAKIDES TARA
6 PEDERZOLL NICI
7 NIEVES CATHERINE
8 KFELDAAS STINE BRU
9 REUTELER FABIENNE
10 RUDISHAUS CORRIE
11 SCHWAN NEVIN
12 TSCHARNER MARTINA
13 EHRENSTRA CAROLINE
14 GLAZIER LORI
15 BOULANGER ANNIE
16 BYRNES TRICIA
17 JARVELA SATU
18 BURKE STACEY
19 QUIRICI LISA
20 NELSON RACHEL
21 OLSON LESLEE
22 ATTRIDGE TASHA
22 YAMAKOSHI TOMOKO
22 WRIGHT KELLY
22 SZEWCZYK EVA
22 PISCHKE MEGAN
22 LAAJISTO JOANNA
22 GIRELLI SESILLIE
22 DUNFORD NAWNETTE
22 BRADFORD KRISTA
22 BOHNSACK KIM
22 JORDAN SARA
22 GILLEN DAWN
22 YZERMAN KRISTI
22 ROSE AUTUMN
22 PICHE DANIELLE
22 MARSHALL TIFFANY
22 KUNKEL CAROLYN
22 BROWN MARCIE
22 VALLEE DOMINIQUE
22 NICOIL MERCEDES
22 DURAZO CATHERINE

Results Men – unfortunately up to now only the Men
1. Ross Powers 2 ANDREW TREVOR
3 BRUNKJELD ARLID
4 MIGNEAULT DANIEL
5 DILLON KEIR
6 BRUNNER THERRY
7 TETER ABRAM
8 TREMBLAY ETIENNE
9 WYNEN LUKE
10 CZESCHIN TOMMY
11 CLANCY KYLE
12 SIMMEN GIAN
13 LAMOUREUX JUSTIN
14 CLARK ALLAN
15 PETRASKA ADAM
16 FRANCK DANIEL
17 PERREAUCT CHARLES
18 GREGORY LAEL
19 GOULET GREG
20 WHITE SHAUN
21 AUTHIER GABRIEL
22 RICKER JORLI
23 KLAMPERT RAHM
24 BANNCOK DENNIS
25 KEETLEY JEFF
26 WAINWRIGH BEN
27 SCOTT JIMI
28 AUBRY DAVID
29 GUINN JONAS
30 PLOETZENE MAX
31 JONSSON MARKUS
32 RHEAULT SYLVAIN
33 CHRISTIAN KIM
34 SOMMER MARIUS
35 TAHARA KATSUYA
36 ARVESEN ESPEN
37 WASTELL KURT
38 VANGEN KLAS
39 ROY IAN
40 DUCHESNE FABIEN
41 DESCHENES GUY
42 SANKALA HENRI
43 HITZ MARCEL
44 PORCHERON DAVID
45 FOX JESSE
46 FULTON JESSE
47 CERNIK MARTIN
48 RIOUX NICOLAS
49 BENEDEK DAVID