USASA To Hold 2002 National Championships at Mammoth Mountain, CaliforniaMarch 18-23, 2002World’s Largest Snowboarding Event®

An agreement was signed today for the United States of America Snowboarding Association to return to Mammoth Mountain California to hold the USASA National Championship March 18-23, 2002. The Nationals is a five-day affair with five disciplines scheduled daily. Twenty five events total during the Nationals. The competitions include Slalom, Giant Slalom, HalfPipe, SlopeStyle, & BoarderCross®. USASA Executive Director Tom Collins commented, “The event was such a huge success in 2001 that a return to Mammoth has been negotiated. I said last year, where else do you hold the worlds largest snowboarding event but at a Mammoth sized resort, selecting a site for 2003 will be even harder.” Over 1,000 invited competitors will include the top athletes in 13 different age divisions for men and women from under 6 to over 60 years of age. These athletes represent the top riders from the 37 USASA sanctioned snowboard series’ across the country. The competition will also feature the USASA Open Class, Pro/Am level competition, as a separate competition group, as well as the Adaptive Snowboarders divisions, which competed first at the 2000 Nationals.

Peter Greene, the President of USASA, commented “The USASA is eager to return to Mammoth Mountain because last years Nationals was the best Nationals ever”. There were six other resorts interested in hosting the 2002 USASA Nationals. The selection involved a site visit with many of the event’s Technical Staff to help evaluate the capabilities of the host resort. Mammoth Mountain clearly demonstrated the best ability to provide for the event. Additionally, Mammoth’s SuperPipe sets the resort apart from other mountains. Half Pipe riders from around the country were in awe when they saw the 18-foot SuperPipe walls.” VAN’s and also TransWorld Snowboarding sponsor USASA nationally in 2001-02. Here are links to coverage supplied by Transworld Media’s, Snowboarding On-Line for the 2001 event:http://www.solsnowboarding.com/competition/01/3547.htmlhttp://www.solsnowboarding.com/competition/01/3549.html

Pam Murphy, Vice President of Mammoth Mountain and General Manager of Mammoth West commented, “Mammoth is happy to be hosting this great event. The attendance, organization and atmosphere at last year’s event was spectacular, and we look forward to working with USASA once again.”

The USASA is a collection of 37 independent local snowboard series across the country that also represents the International Snowboard Federation in the USA. Chuck Allen, of Southern California, founded the organization in 1987 to represent the grass roots of snowboarding. USASA grants scholarships to aid athletes in their educational pursuits and provides an outlet for snowboarders of all ages to challenge themselves and their friends. Chuck Allen commented “We would like to dedicate the 2002 Nationals to two individuals recently lost from the USASA, Annie Finnegan, a four time champion and Mike Lynch, one of our Series Directors, there will be a special scholarship award made in their names at the 2002 Nationals.”

For further information regarding the USASA please visit the web site at:
http://www.usasa.org
Contact the USASA directly:
Phone 1-800-404-9213
Fax 1-253-669-1479
PO Box 3927
Truckee, CA 96160-3927
E ¿ mail: tcollins@usasa.org

Mammoth Mountain information:
http://www.mammothmountain.com
Phone: 800-MAMMOTH
E ¿ mail: woolly@mammoth-mtn.com