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.
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