Santa Fe Springs, CA ¿ The best snowboarders in the world will descend on Mount Seymour, British Columbia, Canada January 13-16 for the second stop of the 1999/00 Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, the Vans Championships. The Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding is part of the Motorola International Snowboard Federation (I.S.F.) World Pro Tour and will feature the snowboarding disciplines of Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, and Big Air. In addition, Vans will bring the Super Pipe Dragon 2000, a 15 foot tall halfpipe, to the Vans Championships to once again set a new standard in competition halfpipe riding.

Mount Seymour will host an international field of riders including Switzerland’s Gian Simmen, Olympic Halfpipe Gold Medalist, Germany’s Nicola Thost, Olympic Halfpipe Gold Medalist and World Champion, as well as local Vancouver riders such as Kevin Sansalone and Natasza Zurek. Over 200 athletes will be competing for $125,000 in prize money, one of the largest prize purses in the history of the sport.

Each of the three Vans Triple Crown disciplines will be held at the base of Mount Seymour as follows:

Friday, January 14 – Snowboard Cross Finals 9am-12pm, Big Air Qualifying 1-4pmSaturday, January 15 – Halfpipe Qualifying 9am-2pm, Big Air Finals 2-4pmSunday, January 16 – Halfpipe Finals 12-2pm

“We’re excited to bring the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding to Canada for the first time in the series’ history,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans’ vice president of promotions. “We have such a great time at the Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding in Vancouver that it’s only fitting we bring our snowboard event here as well. With some of the top riders coming from Vancouver and around the globe, the people of Vancouver will be able to see the best snowboarding in the world only 30 minutes from their doorstep.”

Sponsors of the 1999/00 Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding include Mountain Dew, G-Shock, PlayStation, Ford Ranger, Motorola, Rolling Stone Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, and Snowboard Canada Magazine.

“We are excited to be working with Vans in bringing to Vancouver the largest snowboard event in Canada,” says Andy Boniface, Snowboard and Special Events Manager for Mount Seymour. “This event combined with our famous natural terrain is sure to provide our guests with a great week of riding and entertainment.”

The first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, the Mountain Dew Classic, was held in Breckenridge, Colorado December 3-5, 1999. Winners included Philippe Conte and Ine Poetzl in the snowboard-cross discipline, Josh Dirksen and Tara Dakides in the big-air, and Ross Powers and Nicola Thost in the halfpipe. The final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, the Ford Ranger North American Championships, will be held at Sierra at Tahoe, California February 24-27.

Following the culmination of the 1999/00 Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, one men’s and one women’s overall series points winner will be announced based on a points system equating all three snowboarding disciplines. The men’s winner will receive a brand new Ford Ranger and the women’s winner will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Each stop of the Vans Triple Crown Series will receive a dedicated one-hour show, airing at least three times on the ESPN networks in over 180 countries to over 200 million households worldwide. In addition, a half-hour compilation show featuring the ‘Best of the Triple Crown of Snowboarding’ will include series highlights, airing in the same distribution channels.

Mount Seymour is Vancouver’s original winter recreation area. Generations have learned to ski and snowboard on Mount Seymour’s slopes by one of Canada’s largest and best ski and snowboard schools. Located 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Mount Seymour receives the most reliable and consistent snowfall of the North Vancouver Mountains. If you snowbboard, freestyle or freeride, then Mount Seymour is your ultimate choice with its incredible natural freestyle terrain, the largest Terrain Park and the first maintained in-ground halfpipe of the North Vancouver Mountains. Mount Seymour is also host to the “Seymour Kids”, a group of riders that has created some of the worlds best professional snowboarders. Devun Walsh, Kevin Sansalone, Dionne Delesalle, and Jorli Ricker…to name a few.

Vans has been a leader in Core Sportsà‚„¢ and lifestyle footwear for over 30 years, long before surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and other board sports made it to television. Vans has quickly become a leader in the expanding snowboard boot market and has acquired Switchà‚„¢ step-in snowboard bindings in July of 1998. Additionally, Vans has added a line of apparel for both street and snowboarding. Vans collections are sold in the United States through a network of independent retail stores including skate, surf and snow shops, specialty athletic and lifestyle retailers as well as through 125 company-owned stores and factory outlets. Vans also sells to 80 countries internationally through distributors, sales agents and its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Canada.