San Clemente, CA February 22, 2003: SG Surf Snow Skate Girl Magazine presented its 1st Annual Queen of the Mountain snowboard contest this past weekend at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, CA. The first ever stand-alone professional/amateur snowboard event brought athletes together to support each other and push their limits. Pros competed for $10,000 in prize money while the list of goodies on the blocks for the ams was impressive to say the least.
The course was groomed early Saturday morning in an effort to create the best possible venue for showcasing the talent on hand. The jam-style format for the slopestyle event gave the riders freedom to impress the judges by hitting jumps, rails, funboxes, and other obstacles without the pressure of being limited to only two runs. Some girls had up to four runs through the course during the two-and-a-half hour contest.
In attendance at the event were top professional snowboarders Jessica Dalpiaz, Erin Comstock, Jonnel Janewicz, Leslee Olson, Sara Osterberg Macy Price, Roberta Rodger, Amber Stackhouse, Katrina Voutilainen, and more. The crowds filled the bleachers to watch the riders push the limits and were awed by Lindsay Pugh with a perfect backside 360 with a nice 50/50 on the rail, Kim Bonsack’s backside 180 and Laura Hadar who hit every obstacle on the course on target. “The girls were really stepping it up and throwin’ it down on the slopes today. Girls are now closing the gap between the guys and the girls,” said judge, Chris Carson.
Queen of the Mountain was supported by a roster of sponsors, including: Billabong, Boost Mobile, Burton Snowboards, Cold As Ice, Dakine, Dickies Girl, Girls Learn to Ride, Etnies, Mountain High, Red Bull, Snowboarder magazine, Sobe Chocolate, Surf Diva, Thirty Two, Trixie Girl Snowboards, and Turtle Bay Resort. Festivities at the foot of the slope included performances by “Get the Girl”, and “Split Tail Deluxe”, DJ Helix and autographs signed by skateboarder Jen O’Brien and SG cover girl Leslee Olson.
In the Pro Division, Vicci Miller took home the title, $3,500, a Vespa motor scooter and one week at Turtle Bay Resort. Laura Hadar took second place with Lindsay Pugh coming in third.
In the three amateurs categories: First place in the Princess division went to Laurie Currier with Nicole Dalton in second and Jenny Vigil in third. Rosemarie Layton took the Dreamgirl title and the youngest competitor, 8 year old Indigo Monk, took home the Snowflake title.
For a complete list of results and a huge galley of photos from Queen of the Mountain go to: www.sgmag.com For video highlights go to: www.madsteez.com/qom.htm