Bonfire Snowboarding’s Director of International Marketing, Alex Birch, announced today the addition of Leanne Pelosi to the Bonfire World Team. Based in Whistler, BC Pelosi will continue to ride for her existing sponsors K2, 32, Dragon, Lifetime, mgtsnowboardcamp.com and vitalstore.com. Alongside her duties at Bonfire, Leanne will continue to organize MGT Snowboard Camps for girls and ride her snowmobile in the Whistler backcountry.
On the competition side, Leanne focused on slopestyle and big air during the Vans Triple Crown, Vail Sessions, Team Challenge and the Ripzone Invitational; where last season she won the rail jam. Her most recent win was at the 2004 US Open Rail Jam in Stratton, VT over the weekend where she impressed the crowd during the night rail garden jam session.
Most recently Leanne was featured in videos such as Shot In The Dark and Steezin’ For No Reason (2003), she is currently filming for Conformed, WMH Productions, and DropStitch to be seen in the fall of 2004.
Bonfire Marketing Coordinator Amy Johnson rode with Leanne in Whistler and experienced first hand the level of skill this girl has.
“She’s got amazing style from jumps to rails and always looks like she’s out there having fun every day no matter what conditions are.
When asked how it feels to be involved with Bonfire Leanne explains, “I am really excited to ride for Bonfire. I am really fortunate to be involved with such a tight knit, creative team.
Another addition to the team is 14 year old Southern California ripper Keegan Valaika. Keegan placed 4th last year in the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam and this year won a Forum Youngblood Slopestyle which advances him to the finals in March. Keegan was noticed in the summer of ’03 at Mt Hood during Bonfire’s Pipe to Pipe contest showcasing his talent during the open rail jam. In 2004 he can be seen competing in the Vans Triple Crowns, USASA events and Nationals in Angel Fire, NM. Keegan added,
“Thanks to all my sponsors, especially Bonfire for all their support.
In other team news David Benedek is filming all over the US for Robot Food’s new film “Pause and taking a break at the end of March to head to Chicago, IL for the Boost Mobile Pro of Snowboarding. Travis Parker and Josh Dirksen will also be competing in the inaugural event.
Josh has also been traveling around the US filming his video part with Benedek, Parker and the rest of the Robot Food crew. Besides being viciously run over by his snowmobile, Josh survived the incident with no major injuries and competed in the Mt Baker Banked Slalom and got 4th.
Jason McAlister has been at home in Bend, OR recovering from a face to knee injury after he went too big on a frontside 360 off a cliff. Jason suffered a broken upper jaw and lost 2 teeth. Three plates in his upper jaw later and his mouth wired shut for a week; Jason was back to remodeling his house and out on the mountain riding again.
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