September 16, 2005 — Following much discussion between Rip Curl, TTR, and the Snow Park New Zealand team, it has been decided that due to unsuitable weather and snowboarding conditions in New Zealand, the inaugural Rip Curl Throwdown snowboarding event will not take place this year.
The snow season is being labeled the worst in over 30 years and it has been deemed that the current conditions will not allow Rip Curl to deliver the world’s best snowboarders with the World Class event they deserve.
“It was such a hard decision to make, but it’s impossible to fight Mother Nature under these circumstances,” said Leon Parkin, Rip Curl NZ Marketing Manager. “A lot of hard work has gone into this event from our end, TTR’s, and Snow Park’s, but at the end of the day we all want to deliver the highest quality event possible and the poor season hasn’t allowed for that.
We have been in communication with the Snow Park team constantly for the last month, but unfortunately the conditions have not improved. We’ve had a great response about the event and we will start planning for the 2006 Throwdown soon. The first ever Rip Curl Throwdown was awarded an official TTR license for2005 and scheduled as the second event on TTR’s new Southern Hemisphere leg this season. The event was set to run at New Zealand’s world famous terrain park from September 26 to 29. “We are incredibly disappointed with the outcome of the weather this season and we have struggled to stay open during these difficult times, said Sam Lee, Snow Park NZ General Manager. “The warm conditions have made snow-making limited and the rain showers we’ve had have made it hard to maintain our normal snow levels. We are faced with the reality that without serious snow before the RipCurl Throwdown we would not be able to provide a suitable course for the event. Through close consultation with event organisers we decided it was best to cancel the event for this year. All parties will be involved in the 2006 event and will begin work on the scheduling soon. As with all Rip Curl’s professional tournaments, the goal is to deliver the world’s best athletes with the world’s best events.