VANS LAUNCHES MINI CUP QUALIFYING SERIES
Winners of the Three-Stop Rail Jam Contests Will Qualify for the 2009 Vans Cup at Mammoth

Cypress, CA (December 3, 2008) – Vans is proud to introduce The Vans Mini Cup, a new series of three rail jams going down this winter.  The top rider from each Mini Cup stop will qualify for the rail jam at the 2009 Vans Cup at Mammoth, widely regarded as the West Coast’s most important professional snowboarding competition.

The first Mini Cup stop, presented by Satellite Boardshop, will take place at Winter Park Resort in Colorado on December 14, 2008, followed by jams at New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain presented by Eastern Boarder on January 10 and California’s Bear Mountain presented by Leroys Boardshop and One Way Boardshop on February 14.  The format features an open jam session, narrowing down to a 10-man final judged by the Vans Snow team.  The winner from each stop will score an all-expense-paid trip to the Vans Cup at Mammoth and slot in the event’s invite-only Friday night rail jam.

The 5th Annual Vans Cup will be held at Mammoth Mountain February 27 through March 1, with nearly $200,000 up for grabs.  The weekend kicks off with an invitational rail jam Friday night, where top riders throw down their best tricks for a chance at the coveted Vans Cup and a huge cash prize.  The action continues Saturday with a Slopestyle comp and the Vans Cup caps off Sunday with the Superpipe finals.

A special thanks to Satellite Boardshop, Eastern Boarder, Leroys Boardshop and One Way Boardshop for their support!

For Mini Cup registration and additional contest information visit vanssnow.com/minicup today!