North Lake Tahoe, CA (March 7, 2004) — The Vans North AmericanChampionships of Snowboarding came to a close in beautiful, balmy weathertoday at Northstar-at-Tahoe with Danny Kass (Vernon, NJ) and Kelly Clark(Mt. Snow, VT) claiming the overall Vans Triple Crown Titles for 2004.Kass, in consistent showings throughout the Series, previously took secondsin Super Pipe at Breckenridge and Slope Style at Mammoth and followed upwith a third in the Slope Style event on Saturday to claim the Title and aFord Ranger FX4. Clark wins a trip to the North Shore of Oahu.
The Super Pipe competition highlighted action on Sunday and the riders whohave been dominating the comps throughout the winter coming through again.Steven Fisher (St. Louis Park, MN), winner of the Mountain Dew NationalChamps and X-Games Super Pipe comps earlier in the year, took home anothertitle as he edged Luke Wynen (Reading, PA) and fellow Minnesotan MasonAguirre (Duluth, MN). In the women’s comp, it was Clark again taking firstover Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) and Kjersti Oestguaard (Trondheim, NOR) asthe top three repeated their finishes of the Vans Triple Crown Series’second stop in Mammoth. Earlier in the winter, Teter had bested Clark tocome out on top at the Mountain Dew Championships in Mammoth.
The crew Northstar put together a killer tiered ledge for the rail jam andthe big winners included Silas Stannard (Truckee, CA – $2,500), Logan Short(Whistler, BC – $1,500), Renaud Lisle (Piedmont, QB – $1000), IsabelleLalive (Steamboat Springs, CO – $750) and Leanne Pelosi (Whistler, BC -$500).
In action on Saturday, George Oakley (Aspen, CO) and Janna Meyen (Bend, OR)claimed Slope Style titles.
The Vans North American Snowboard Champs were also a qualifier forlegendary snowboarder Terje Haakonsen’s prestigious Arctic Challenge to beheld March 29-April 3 in Norway. Gaining their “Ticket to Ride to Norwaywere George Oakley, Steven Fisher and Luke Wynen.
The Vans Championships air to a national audience on Fox Sports Net onMarch 30 at 4:00 pm regionally.
Overall Vans Triple Crown Standings
Men Women1. Danny Kass (Vernon, NJ) 260
1. Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT) 290
2. Luke Wynen (Reading, PA) 245
2. Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) 280
3. Andy Finch (Fresno, CA) 240
3. Jessica Dalpiaz (Salt Lake City, UT) 230
4. Steven Fisher (St. Louis Park, MN) 219
4. Natasza Zurek (Vancouver, BC) 230
Super Pipe Finals — Sunday, March 7
Men Score Purse Women Score
Purse1. Steven Fisher (St. Louis Park, MN) 93.5 $12,000
1.Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, VT) 93.5 $8,000
2. Luke Wynen (Reading, PA) 90.0 $8,000
2.Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) 89.0 $5,000
3. Mason Aguirre (Duluth, MN) 88.8 $5,000
3.Kjersti Oestguaard (Trondheim, NOR) 86.3 $2,250
Slope Style Finals — Saturday, March 6Men Score Purse Women ScorePurse1.George Oakley (Aspen, CO) 91.0 $12,000
1. JannaMeyen (Bend, OR) 88.3 $8,000
2. Pat Moore (Water Valley, NH) 89.7 $8,000
2. IzumiAmaike (Yokohama, JAP) 85.5 $5,000
3. Danny Kass (Vernon, NJ) 86.7 $5,000
3. NataszaZurek (Vancouver, CAN) 79.7 $2,250
The Vans North American Championships are the third and final stop of theVans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, following the Mountain Dew Pro Nationalsat Breckenridge Ski Resort in December and the Built Forrd ToughChampionships at Mammoth Mountain at the end of January. To win theoverall title, an athlete must earn points tabulated from the three VansTriple Crown Series events.
The Vans North American Championships of Snowboarding are presented byMountain Dew and Ford Trucks and are made possible through a partnership ofFord Trucks, Mountain Dew, the Xbox„¢ video game system from Microsoft,Right Guard Xtreme, Tylenol, Campbell’s Soup at Hand„¢, TransworldSNOWboarding, Fox Sports Net and NBC Sports. The Vans Triple Crown„¢ Seriesfeatures the world’s top athletes participating in premier venuesthroughout North America for the top prize purse in each of six actionsports: Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX, Freestyle Motocross, Surfing andSnowboarding.
For more information on Vans and the Vans Triple Crown Series, please visitwww.vans.comComplete results at www.worldcupscoring.com