VASHON, WASHINGTON (Jan. 3, 2001) – Ride Snowboards would like to welcomethe newest edition to their pro team, Derek Heidt of Whistler, BritishColumbia.

Derek has an extensive background and list of accomplishments insnowboarding including representing the Canadian national team in the NaganoOlympics, worldwide coverage through his participation in the Crystal Awardswith photographer Eric Berger, and filming with Tree Top Films for thisyear’s video “Second Wind.”

Heidt is also sponsored by Oakley optics and clothing, and Ford Trucks.This year, he will be working closely with Ford on R&D for new sportvehicles.

“I’m extremely excited to be on with Ride,” says Heidt. “To me they’vealways led the way with sick boards with fusion bases and unique bindings -plus they’re right next door to B.C. I’m amped for the seasons ahead!”

“When the opportunity arose to get Derek on our team, we jumped on it,” saidGreta Brumbach, Ride’s Director of Marketing. “Not only is Derek a talentedsnowboarder but he also has a strong background in product development. Weare all looking forward to working with him and drawing on his expertise.”

Already, Heidt is hard at work recently shooting at Island Lake Lodge inAlberta, filming again with Tree Top Films, and focusing on another nationalteam position for the 2002 Winter Olympics. For more information on Ride’steam, please visit Ride’s website at www.ridesnowboards.com.