PORTLAND, Ore., July 24// — Shaun White, Dual X-Games Athlete and ESPN’s 2003 winner of the Best Action Sports Athlete Espy award, recently signed a new sponsorship deal with Savier Footwear. Shaun will begin working with Savier immediately in upcoming events, promotions, and the development of a signature shoe.

Shaun White has best been known for his dominating presence in the snowboard world. Now the second stage of his career is unfolding and Shaun is hitting the professional skate scene with force. Shaun is joining Tony Hawk as the only other professional skateboarder to win the ESPN Espy award for Best Action Sports Athlete of the year. In the competition scene, Shaun recently placed 4th in the Slam City Jam event in Vancouver, Canada, topping many of the long-standing powerhouse vert skaters — including Bucky Lasek, Chris Gentry, and Mathias Ringstrom. Shaun kept them at bay with an assault of overhead aerial tricks and lip tricks that inspired both the judges and crowd. Shaun is continuing to push his skating abilities, and new tricks are becoming part of his repertoire at a fiery pace.

Shaun has awed the world with his innovative snowboarding style. After nailing the gold medal in both halfpipe and slopestyle events in the 2003 Winter X-Games, Shaun has proven himself to be one of the best freestyle competitors in history. Not too bad for being just 16 years old. But snowboarding isn’t his only passion. Before he ever clicked into a snowboard binding, Shaun was riding his skateboard. He actually attributes much of his snow success to the time he spends skating.

Shaun’s passion for progressing his skating is a perfect match for the philosophies at play within Savier. New technologies and styles are in perpetual development, and now Savier will be able to add in this fresh talent and point of view to make an even stronger product line in the upcoming seasons. When asked what this new sponsorship means to him, Shaun said, “I met with the people at Savier and was immediately impressed. I saw the potential in their design and technology. And I wanted to join a team that I know will be there for me.”

Look for Shaun in the upcoming X-Games and Gravity Games, as well as other skate competitions around the globe. Full schedule, coverage, and details will be available at www.savier.com.

Savier is the fastest growing brand in action sports dedicated to creating innovative technologies for authentic skateboard footwear, apparel, and bags. Savier gear can be found at action sport specialty shops around the globe, online at authorized e-tailers, and Best Buy (for electronic/bag technologies). For a complete list of dealers and more complete product information, consult Savier’s web site at www.savier.com.