Mount Snow, Vermont (March 23, 1998) — The new World Pro SnowboardTour will conclude its 1998 season at Mount Snow, March 27-29. The EastCoast finale will mark the tour’s seventh scheduled stop of the seasonand will feature top pro riders from all over the country competing inHalfpipe and DoubleCross competitions.
Slated to ride at Mount Snow are local favorites Jason Evans and ErichRehbein, who traveled to Korea for the launch of the World Pro SnowboardTour (WPSBT) in January. Evans has placed consistently high in theHalfpipe with the WPSBT, and has given some great runs in theDoubleCross, including a second place win in Korea. Both Evans andRehbein are members of the Mount Snow Ride On! Snowboard Team – alsocompeting from the Mount Snow team will be Tristan Herbert, Jae Helenekand Elia Hamilton.
The weekend also includes a variety of apres ride parties Friday throughSunday at various locations throughout the Mount Snow Valley.
Coming off of an impressive DoubleCross victory at Boyne Mountain,Michigan, rider Anton Pogue is within striking distance of current WPSBToverall series leader Luke Wynen as the two look to battle at MountSnow. Wynen, who has consistently placed in both the Halfpipe andDoubleCross competitions all season, regained the overall lead with hisperformance at Boyne Mountain. Wynen recorded 6th and 9th placefinishes in the Halfpipe and DoubleCross competitions, respectively, toreclaim top billing with 71 points. Pogue has 60 points on the strengthof two WPSBT DoubleCross victories this season.
“The showdown between Wynen and Pogue for the overall title willcertainly add to the drama of our season finale at Mount Snow,” saidTour Director Sandy Biestek. “Our goal was to provide exciting Halfpipeand DoubleCross competition all season and these two riders havedelivered throughout.”
The WPSBT is all about ‘airtime’ in two featured competitions, theSmirnoff Citrus Twist Halfpipe (finals on Saturday, March 28) and thetrademark DoubleCross (Sunday, March 29). Beyond the thrill of justriding, top pros will be vying for $30,000 in cash prizes over theweekend and series points accumulated by WPSBT members in the battle forthe overall title.
In the Smirnoff Citrus Twist Halfpipe, riders launch themselves down anOlympic-sized pipe turning radical tricks and catching big air. Featuring a dual elimination format, riders are out to take home thefirst place purse of $10,000. Qualifiers for the halfpipe are onFriday, March 27 and the finals are on Saturday, March 28 at 10 am.
The tour’s trademark DoubleCross is a brand new, outrageous mix of GiantSlalom and Boardercross. Riders will go head-to-head down a course ofgates, banks, jumps and two crossovers. In this race, contact isallowed between the two riders, as long as there is no obvious attemptto physically thwart the opponent. After negotiating course obstacles,the riders race to the finish corral where one final table top jump willgive them a big air finish through the electronic timing beam. Eachcompetitor, starting in the final round of 32, will race two timesagainst the same opponent with the winner of the ‘time differential’advancing to the next round. By the end of the day, the winner willhave been on course an exhausting 12 times including qualifying runs,but will also ride away with a $10,000 cash prize.
In its first year, the seven-event WPSBT featured FOX SportsNet coverageto 55 million homes and more than $200,000 in cash and prizes. Corporatesponsors include Smirnoff Citrus Twist, Calvin Klein Cosmetics,MasterCard, Hardcore Extreme Sports Equipment Company, KUU Snowboards,Hotfingers and Mountain Lift Energy Bars.