The world’s most recognized snowboarders will gather Thursday, January 31 during the Snow Sports Industry Show (SIA), at the House of Blues inside The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The reason? This year’s annual TransWorld Snowboarding Riders’ Poll Awards, to honor the best in the sport. TransWorld Snowboarding, TransWorld Snowboarding Business, along with SIA, Durasurf, Gore-Tex, Atari, and Kahlua are presenting this year’s awards show.

Professional snowboarders from around the world have cast their votes for their peers in seven categories to select their choices for the most respected and influential riders. Readers of TransWorld Snowboarding have also filled out ballots to select their favorite riders for the Readers’ Choice Awards. SIA will also present an award to the most influential professional riders affecting retail sales.

The nominees for all awards are as follows:

Rookie of the Year:
Women
Hana Beaman
Annie Boulanger
Kelly Clark

Men
Danny Kass
JP Solberg
Eddie Wall

Best Halfpipe Rider:
Women
Shannon Dunn
Nicola Thost
Natasza Zurek

Men
David Carrier-Porcheron
Danny Kass
Todd Richards

Best Freestyle Rider:
Women
Barrett Christy
Tara Dakides
Janna Meyen

Men
Kevin Jones
Jussi Oksanen
Chad Otterstrom

Best Big Mountain Rider:
Women
Tina Basich
Karleen Jeffery
Victoria Jealouse

Men
Jeremy Jones
Johan Olofsson
Axel Pauporte’

SIA Retailers Choice Award:
Women
Tara Dakides
Shannon Dunn
Barrett Christy

Men
Kevin Jones
Peter Line
JP Walker

Rockstar of the Year:
Kevin Jones
Danny Kass
Scotty Wittlake

Best Video Segment:
Chris Dufficy ¿ True Life
Mikey LeBlanc ¿ Brainstorm
JP Walker ¿ True Life

Readers Choice Award:
Women
Tara Dakides
Janna Meyen
Michele Taggart

Men
Kevin Jones
Bjorn Leines
Todd Richards

Best Overall Rider:
Women
Tara Dakides
Shannon Dunn
Janna Meyen

Men
Chris Engelsman
Kevin Jones
Jussi Oksanen

After the awards are given out, expect nothing less than Vegas-style entertainment as Social Distortion plays for the crowd, thanks to the Sessions, Etnies, 32, and Gore-Tex after party. It’s guaranteed to be an event in itself with surprises throughout the evening.

The Riders’ Poll is the original action-sports-industry awards show. Last year, ESPN’s Selema Masekela hosted the wild evening that drew a crowd of over 2,000. It was decadence and controlled mayhem; once again proving snowboarding is still as young and vibrant as ever.

TransWorld Media, based in Oceanside, CA, is a division of Time4 Media and publishes the world’s leading skateboarding, snowboarding, surf, and BMX titles including TransWorld SKATEboarding, TransWorld STANCE magazine, TransWorld SKATEboarding Business, skateboarding.com, TransWorld SKATEboarding Video, TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine, TransWorld SNOWboarding Business, transworldsnowboarding.com, TransWorld Motocross, TransWorldMX.com, Ride BMX, TransWorldBMX, BMX Business News, BMXonline.com TransWorld SURF magazine, TransWorld SURF Business, and TransWorldSurf.com. Time4 Media is a subsidiary of Time Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: AOL).

Contact: Jardine Hammond
TransWorld Media
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