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H2O Winter Classic Rocks So Cal The fourth annual H2O Winter Classic reaffirmed once again that there is a direct relationship between surfing and snowboarding, and especially in Southern California, there is a large number of young athletes that excel in both. From Huntington Beach to Snow Summit, this year’s Classic was a huge success. Held over the March 25¿26 weekend, the surfing portion of the contest took place Saturday in decent two- to three-foot surf. Top takers were Troy Eckert in the pro division, Jeff Hurley won the amateurs, and Gary Clisby in the industry division. The entire ensemble then headed up to Big Bear to watch this year’s added bonus, a concert with Unwritten Law, Face To Face, and Pennywise. The contestants joined a packed house of local townies at the Big Bear Convention Center to mosh, slam, and sweat through the classic So Cal punk show. Sunday featured another wonderfully sunny day, soft snow, and an insane slopestyle course. Steve Ruff took top honors in the pro division, Justin Starow won the amateurs, and Kaipo Guerrero won the industry group. But the added charm to the surf and snowboard contest was the overall combined rankings. Taking the pro division was Troy Eckert, winning the amateur division was Doug Bury, and taking the industry division was Gary Clisby.

Early Results of National Skier Opinion Survey In: Skiers Nervous Around Snowboarders Preliminary results of the National Skier Opinion Survey are in and the verdict is not so good. Skiers on a whole do not want snowboarders on the slopes with them. According to the survey, which was conducted from December of 1994 to April 1995 and had 1,300 skier responses, 54 percent believed snowboarding looked dangerous, and 52 percent are nervous around snowboarders (up 26 percent from 1990). Sixty percent of skiers (up 43 percent from 1990) believe snowboarders should have their own trails, and 34 percent (up 52 percent) believe snowboarding should not be allowed at ski areas. “The shift in attitude correlates to the increase in the number of snowboarders,” says Joy Spring, general manager of the National Skier Opinion Survey. For more information, call: (303) 581-0101 ex. 3.

Winterstick Opens A Factory Winterstick Snowboards has relocated to a 30,000-square-foot facility in Salt Lake City, UT, where it will be producing its own bindings and snowboards. And when the employees get tired of manufacturing snowboards, they’ll have plenty of other things to occupy themselves with: within the Winterstick compound are a basketball court, skate facilities, and even a motocross track.

More Summer Camps The Mountain High summer snowboard camps will be held once again at Glacier Du Mont Fort, Verbier-Nendaz, Switzerland. Coaching will be available in English, French, and German. The new and improved SuperPark II will contain a halfpipe and a selection of hits, gaps, handrails, sliders, and boxes. Confirmed pros include Jamie Lynn, Stevie Alters, Nicole Anglerath, Ingemar Backmann, David Vincent, Daniel Franck, and others. For more information, call: (41) 21 320 2288.

F2 Announces New Distributor F2 International has appointed EOS, Inc. as its sole North American distributor. EOS is a manufacturer of action-sports hardgoods, including BZ Pro Boards bodyboards and Trac Top Surf Accessories. Tony Glydon, president of EOS, is enthusiastic about playing a role in the snowboard industry. “All F2 equipment is designed by a team of dedicated snnowboard engineers and managed by professionals committed to the needs of their customers,” says Glydon. EOS has appointed Tony Finn as the North American marketing manager. “We see a huge growth potential for hard-carving snowboards,” says Finn. For more information, call: 1-800-626-7778.

Unit-E Alive River Brandon is running the long-speculated-about-but-never-launched Unit-E Snowboards. Fueled by the TransWorld SNOWboarding cover photo of his brother Noah on the only Unit-E Snowboard ever produced, River has resurrected the company, which will produce boards for the 1995¿96 season. For more information, contact Unit-E at: 5C Weeks St., Plymouth, NH 03264; phone: (603) 536-9643.

Avalanche Raises More Capital For the second time in six months, Avalanche Snowboards has substantially increased the funds available to finance its growth by issuing shares of stock and subordinated notes to private investors. According to Bob Edwards, CEO of Avalanche Snowboards, “We raised these funds, which roughly doubled our long-term capital, to finance a doubling of sales in 1995. We feel that as retailers begin to make choices between many brands that compete for their business, they’ll come to choose brands that have the funds not just to deliver on time, but can also withstand a downturn in the business.” For more information, contact Avalanche at: (707) 746-6982.

Bear Valley Hosts Snowboard Summit On Saturday, March 25, Bear Valley Ski Area hosted its 1995 Spring Snowboard Summit, A Gathering of Snowboards, Styles, and Riders. The event was sponsored by Rowdy Crowd Snowboards in Modesto and benefited the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation. The event featured demos, a snowboard clinic, and a banked slalom race. The day ended with a raffle party and a live music from Disfunktional Groove.

Fax Service Updates Ski Conditions Around World The Skier’s Edge is a fax service delivered to subscribers every Tuesday morning that outlines news and snow conditions from 55 major resorts around the world. The service was developed by Kelly Hayes and Gerald Sindell, two avid skiers who are out on slopes worldwide throughout the winter. They and other contributors then e-mail conditions to their headquarters, where the information is compiled and faxed out to subscribers. The service costs 95 dollars a year. For more information, call: 1-800-SKI-9995.