ULTIMATE BOARDER SURF SKATE SNOW TRIATHLON HITS MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN AND SEASIDE REEF, CA, APRIL 2 – 9, 2011
WHO: The best all around board sports (snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding) athletes in the world.
“No other contest in the world comes close to the Ultimate Boarder. The event has some of the best riders in the world going head to head for a full week of shred action." – Aaron Astorga, professional skateboarder
"I am much more impressed with Ultimate Boarder than the Quiksilver Pro or any other contest I have watched. It really narrows down the field when you have people who can ride snow, water and who can ride a hard surface. The event shows the history of boardsports and it also shows the future and ties it all together better than any other contest around." – Nat Young, 5-time World Champ Surfer, author of The History of Surfing
“The best part about the Ultimate Boarder week is getting together with a bunch of people who share the same passion about boardsports as I do, and having the Ultimate Session.” – Dave Downing, professional snowboarder
The Ultimate Boarder is a huge event for me. This is my first year competing, and I know I’m just a kid, but if I see a window of opportunity to win this thing, I’m climbing right through it!" – Kalani David, 13 years-old, youngest Ultimate Boarder professional competitor
"The Ultimate Boarder is a unique contest to find the best athlete in three complementary but very different disciplines – exciting, challenging and explosive."– Shaun Tomson, former world champion surfer
WHAT: The ULTIMATE BOARDERâ Triathlon, the official contest for the world's best boardsports athletes.
WHEN and WHERE: Snowboarding – Mammoth Mountain, CA (April 2, 2011)
Surfing – Seaside Reef, Cardiff, CA (April 4-7, 2011)
Skateboarding &Awards – Seaside Reef Parking Lot, Cardiff, CA (April 9, 2011)
WHY: THE IDEA for Ultimate Boarder® was conceived in 2005 by Tim Hoover, an award-winning filmmaker with over 15 years' experience in the entertainment industry, who grew up surfing and skateboarding in Goleta, California.
Board sports were a positive energy outlet for Hoover as a teen and he is committed to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for young people. As the history and popularity of board sports evolved, along with the influence of friends who shared similar interest and ideas, Tim was inspired to establish an event and brand that encompassed all three disciplines.
Now in it's fourth year, the Ultimate Boarder® Championship is the only triathlon on the planet that brings together the world’s best surfers, skaters and snowboarders for a grueling one-week series.
From picturesque snow covered mountains, to a classic California reef break, all ending on a custom designed skate ramp. The Ultimate Boarder Championship challenges the best crossover amateur and professional athletes who will compete for the Ultimate Boarder Champion title and a first place prize of $30,000.
Past high profile athletes who have competed for the sought-after title of Ultimate Boarder® Champion include 2010 co-champions skateboarder Chad Shetler and surfer Mike Morrissey, as well as Tom Curren, Bjorn Leines, Christian Hosoi, Rob Machado, Shayne Pospisil, Todd Richards, Andy Macdonald, Tosh Townend, Aaron Astorga and Steve Caballero. The event has been broadcast or featured on MTV2, FUEL TV, FOX Sports, Comcast SportsNet, ESPN.com, New York Times, Surfing Magazine, Allisports.com and more. Sponsors include SanDisk, Flexfit, Kona Brewing Co. and Mammoth Mountain.
The event is free and open to the public and there will be a live webcast starting April 2, 2011 from Mammoth Mountain at www.ultimateboarder.com.
The waiting period for the surf event starts April 4th and goes through April 7th at Seaside Reef in Cardiff, Calif. On Saturday, April 9th, the skateboard and awards portion of the competition take place at the Seaside Reef Parking lot, the first time in the history of Cardiff they have ever held a skateboard competition in that location and at a California state park. "This is the first time that state parks of California has hosted a skate event," said California Lifeguard Peace Officer Edward Vodrazka.
Spectators are urged to bring beach chairs and blankets to Cardiff to watch it all go down.
The event benefits Free Wheelchair Mission, a non-profit that transforms lives through the gift of mobility. "It's such a passionate organization for me because Ultimate Boarder is the ultimate event for mobility and there are thousands of people around the world who can't get around," said event founder Tim Hoover. In 2009, Ultimate Boarder raised money to send over 50 wheelchairs to Vietnam. This year's event will have an additional feature on the live webcast for fans to contribute money to the cause.
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