February 4, 2003; POMPTON PLAINS, NJ – Specialty Sports is proud to announce the 3rd annual Pro/Am will take place February 15th and 16th at Mountain Creek, located 47 miles from Manhattan in Vernon, New Jersey.
The two-day event will feature the highest level of competition in Super Pipe with a combined purse worth over $75,000 in cash and prizes. The 2003 Pro/Am is open to competitors from all sanctioning bodies, bringing top-tier competitors and aspiring amateurs to the only NYC metro-area world-qualifying snowboard event. The Pro/Am presents an opportunity for amateur riders to compete side-by-side with the best competitors in the sport.
Specialty Sports (www.specialtysports.com) is New Jersey’s leading extreme sports retailer. They are especially pleased this year to have the Pro/Am hosted for the third consecutive year by Mountain Creek (www.mountaincreek.com). Taking advantage of the consistently cold weather and their tremendous snowmaking capabilities, Mountain Creek has pulled out all the stops and created a truly world-class Super Pipe.
Event sponsors to date include lead sponsors JVC and Palmer Snowboards. JVC will be represented by their Mobile Audio, Consumer Video, Television and Audio divisions and Palmer’s pro team will be heating up the competition. Burton, Pony, Spy Optics, DaKine, Steve Madden, Guinness, Fiji, Tattoo Goo and Pseudo.com are actively supporting the event. Gold, Silver and Bronze-level sponsorships are still available in select product areas.
2003 Specialty Sports Pro/Am Schedule
Competitor registration-Specialty Sports Wednesday, February 5 — Friday, February 14
Onsite registration- Mountain Creek Thursday, February 13, 9AM — 5PM, Friday February 14, 9AM — 3PM
Last Minute registration Saturday, February 15, 7AM — 9AM
Super Pipe Qualifiers Saturday, February 15, 9AM — 6PM
Pro/Am Party Jam Saturday Evening
Super Pipe Finals Sunday, February 16, 9AM — 5PM
American Hi Fi & State Radio Concert Sunday — 1-4 PM
2003 Pro/Am Awards Ceremony Following Super Pipe Finals
Bill Yago, Owner of Specialty Sports, stated, “The Pro/Am is unique not only for the high level of competition and the class of riders that come to compete, but also for the attendees, who get to see the world’s best riders in an intimate mountain environment that happens to be in the biggest media market in the world. Intrawest has invested heavily in building Mountain Creek into a top-quality metropolitan facility and this year you will see what an outstanding commitment to the event Mountain Creek has made.”
The event is open to the first 200 registrants. Competitor fees are $150 for pros and $85 for amateurs. The top 20 qualifiers in each division advance to the finals. On-line registration forms can be accessed at the Pro/Am website at www.specialtysports.com and onsite registration will be held beginning Thursday, February 13 at Mountain Creek. All competitors are required to be members of the USSA for point assignment and insurance purposes. (www.ussa.org)
Pro/Am organizer and IJC Judge Jason Grossi said, “The timing, the location and the prizes are all generating great interest in the Pro/Am. This is a fun event for the riders and as a result you get to see how good they really are competing with their peers. At the same time we are giving aspiring amateurs a chance to compete in a professional event and pit themselves against the best snowboarders in the world.”
The event also includes product sampling and demonstrations, giveaways from event sponsors and equipment manufacturers. Blender Music magazine and Mountain Creek are sponsoring a Sunday afternoon concert below the Super Pipe featuring American Hi-Fi and State Radio as part of their New Music Session concert series.
All-Access Pro/Am VIP passes will be available only through Pro/Am sponsors. Specialty Sports is located at 637 Route 23 South in Pompton Plains, NJ, 973-831-1844. Event registration formms and information is available at the store and online at www.specialtysports.com.
Pro/Am Competitor Contacts:
Jason Grossi, firstname.lastname@example.org, & Brett Howard; email@example.com, 973-831-1844
Pro/Am Corporate Sponsor & Media Contact:
Rich Schineller, firstname.lastname@example.org, (973) 244-7800 ext 1711 or (973) 417-8925
Mountain Creek Media Contact:
Phyllis Emmerich, email@example.com, (973) 827-3900 ext. 516 or Nicole Milluzzo, firstname.lastname@example.org, (973) 627-8180