Save $10 Purchasing Early USASA Membership

TRUCKEE, Calif. (August 19, 2003)—Today, USASA announced an annual membership savings of $10.00 if members join between now and November 30th. Beginning December 1st, the price increases to $50.00. USASA organizes more than 400 snowboard and freestyle skiing events at more than 200 resorts throughout the United States. USASA hosts the annual USASA National Championship, the world’s largest snowboard competition, attracting more than 1,100 snowboarders and freestyle skiers between the ages of 4 and 60 from states across the country. The riders are categorized into 32 separate divisions based on age and ability.

The USASA is comprised of 35 Regional Series throughout the United States, including:

Aspen/Snowmass Series, CO

Big Alaska

Catskill Series, NY

Central California

Copper Mountain, CO

Edge of the World, NC

Enter the Dragon, OR

Frozen Chosen, MN

Huck Finn Series

Intermountain Series, UT/WY/ID

Maine Mountain Series

Mason-Dixon Series, WV

Massachusetts Series

Mid-Atlantic Series, PA/VI

Middle Earth, MI

Mt. Hood Series, OR

New Hampshire

New Mexico

Northern Vermont

North Tahoe, CA

Raging Buffalo, IL

San Gabriel, CA

Snow Ohio

SOS (Snowboard Outreach Society), CO

South Dakota Adventure

South Tahoe, CA

Southern California Conference

Southern Vermont

Southwest, CO

Superior, MI

Tyrol Basin, WI

Upper Mid-West Alt Points Series, MN

VAN’s Unbound Mammoth, CA

Western New York

Each of the 35 USASA series organizes 10-15 competitions throughout the year at area resorts. The USASA competitions are comprised of five primary snowboard events in three disciplines; the Alpine discipline includes GS and Slalom, the Freestyle discipline includes Halfpipe and Slopestyle, Boardercross® is a discipline onto itself. In 2003, USASA announced the introduction of Freestyle Skiing. Each of the 32 divisions competed in up to five different event competitions.

“The Upper Mid-West Alt Points Series organizes 10-15 event competitions throughout the year,” said Jay Erickson, Regional Series Director, USASA. “Our series has approximately 110 members, 33 of our riders qualified for the 2003 USASA National Championship in Sunday River, Maine. USASA focuses on developing the skills needed to compete at a national and international level. Steve Fisher, Ryan Knapton, Chad Otterstrom, Sarah Pehrson and more have participated in USASA events in our local area and have become some of the best snowboarders in the world.”

Membership benefits include special offers on merchandise, discount lift tickets at event resorts, a subscription to Transworld Snowboarding magazine, access to some of the best snowboard trainers and coaches, voting rights to Rider Representatives on Executive Board who represent snowboarders and the snowboard industry efforts, a chance to win local and national scholarship prizes and giveaways at the events and more.

“We are encouraging members to join early and pay the early bird special membership rate of $40.00 and take advantage of all the perks USASA offers,” said Tom Collins, Executive Director, USASA. “USASA offers special values on merchandise and other benefits.”

Currently, Leedom Helmets is offering a special price on helmets. The price ranges from $39.00 to $59.00 from kids sizes to high performance helmets. This is 50% off of the wholesale price. This offer is available only to USASA members. USASA members simply give their membership number and receive the discount. A free helmet bag is included with each purchase as an added value for USASA members. Shipping and handling is $10.00 for each helmet sold. In addition, 5% of all sales are returned to USASA to support USASA educational programs.

To learn more about USASA, snowboard events in your area or how to become a USASA member, visit www.usasa.org or call 800-404-9213.

United States of America Snowboard Association is dedicated to supportiing recreational and competitive snowboarding and freestyle skiing within 35 regions series throughout the United States of America. Since 1988, USASA has fostered the competitive spirit of snowboard athletes and developed a solid grassroots organization that allows men and women, and boys and girls of all ages and abilities to participate in over 400 organized snowboard events that qualify for national and international competition. USASA Trainers supports educational programs throughout the year and organizes snowboard clinics hosted at various resorts in the U.S. These clinics serve as training for instructors, coaches, judges and technical supervisors to help provide Fair, Safe, and Fun events.

For USASA media interviews or sponsorship information contact: Kristin McCallum at 248-444-9899 or Tom Collins at 800-404-9213. 2003-2004 USASA event schedule is available at www.usasa.org