Santa Fe Springs, CA (January 16, 2002) — The Vans Championships of Snowboarding have been re-scheduled for February 6-10 at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake, California. The second leg of the three-stop Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding was originally scheduled for January 24-27, but is delayed two weeks due to unseasonably warm weather. The Vans Championships of Snowboarding offers Southern Californians the chance to see the world’s best snowboarders as they compete in the Halfpipe, Slope Style and Big Air Competitions all in hopes of winning a piece of a prize purse worth more than $125,000. The event will also air February 28 at 4 p.m. regionally on Fox Sports Net as part of the network’s ongoing coverage of the Vans Triple Crown Series. Many of the world’s top riders such as Kurt Wastell, Todd Richards, Shaun White, Tara Dakides, Gretchen Bleiler and Jessica Dalpaiz are expected to compete at Snow Summit in their quest for the overall Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding title. To win the overall men’s title and the accompanying Ford Ranger FX4, an athlete must earn points, which are tabulated from the three Vans Triple Crown events and at the final event the winner is crowned. Along with three men’s discipline winners who will split a $10,000 bonus, the one overall women’s winner will win $5,000. Participants earn points from their highest scoring discipline at each of the three events.
“We’re excited to be back for the second year at Snow Summit,” said Steve Van Doren, Vice President of Promotion for Vans. “Snow Summit is one of the meccas for the sport, and we look forward bringing the world’s best for a great event in Southern California.”
Transworld Snowboarding Travel Guide rated Snow Summit, located just over an hour from Ontario International Airport and two hours from Los Angeles International Airport, as the number one resort in North America for its snowboard terrain parks and the sixth best resort for snowboarding in general. At the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding in Breckenridge, Colorado on December 18-22, Tommy Czeschin and Gretchen Bleiler claimed first place finishes in the Halfpipe competitions.
Czeschin, who will compete for the U.S. Olympic squad at Salt Lake, wrestled away first place from two who will look to take the title at Snow Summit, 15-year-old Shaun White and third place finisher Christopher Nelson.
On the women’s side, Bleiler and Olympian Tricia Byrnes matched each other with top scores, however, Bleiler’s second-best run edged Byrnes’ to lay claim to the title. Bleiler will look to increase her VTCS points lead at Snow Summit. In the new Slope Style competition, Todd Richards and Kim Bohnsack took first as Richards outlasted Travis Rice and J.J. Thomas while Bohnsack bettered Katrina Voutilainen and Sara Osterberg, who finished second, and third, respectively. Grabbing the Big Air title in Breckenridge, Ben Hinkley edged out Rahm Klampert and Sam Dayton. Last year at Snow Summit, Ross Powers edged out Shaun White and Gian Simmen to win the Men’s Halfpipe Competition, while Natasha Zurek beat out Stine Brun Kjeldass and Kim Stacey to win first place in the women’s Halfpipe Competition. In the men’s Big Air competition, Jim Rippey upset Stephen Duke and David Scaffidi to take home first place. The next Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding event is the Built Ford Tough North American Championships of Snowboarding at Sierra-at-Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, California scheduled for March 6-10.
The Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding and the Vans Championships of Snowboarding presented by Mountain Dew and Ford Trucks are made possible through the proud support of Vans, Mountain Dew, Ford Trucks, Xbox, Right Guard Xtreme Sport, G-Shock, Transworld Snowboarding, Fox Sports Net and NBC Sports. The Vans Triple Crown Series features the world’s top athletes participating in premiere venues throughout North America for the top prize purse in each of seven Core SSports disciplines: Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX, Freestyle Motocross, Surfing, Snowboarding and Supercross.
Vans (Nasdaq: VANS) is a leading worldwide brand for Core Sports specializing in performance and lifestyle footwear, apparel, snowboard boots and bindings. Its contributions to Core Sports include the Vans Triple Crown Series, the operation of 11 large-scale Vans Skateparks, the High Cascade Snowboard Camp, majority ownership of the Vans Warped Tour and the continue sponsorship Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships. Vans collections are sold in the United States through 156 company owned stores and factory outlets as well as a network of independent retailers. Vans also distributes to more than 50 countries internationally through distributors, sales agents and its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. For more information on Vans and the Vans Triple Crown Series, please visit www.vans.com.