Stellar Line-up For 3rd Ripzone Invitational at Whistler

WHISTLER, BC, March 9, 2004 — The TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival Competition Design Team has finalised the invitation list for the season finale and legendary bash known as the Ripzone Snowboard Invitational.

Kicking-off the 9th TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, the Ripzone Snowboard Invitational takes place April 16-18 and invites the world’s best riders to compete for $55,000 in front of capacity crowds in the Superpipe, a rider-judged Superhit and an epic nighttime Big Air event, with the results being televised in more than 50 countries later in 2004.

Riders headlining this year’s Ripzone Snowboard Invitational include: (Men) 2004 X Games Gold Medallist, Steve Fisher; Big Air defending champion and Whistler local, Marc-Andre Tarte; and last year’s Superpipe winner, Guillaume Morriset; (Women) X Games medallist, Gretchen Bleiler; and defending Superpipe champion, Natasza Zurek.

“Ripzone is committed to giving the athletes an event that they want and need to be part of. The event is designed by athletes for athletes, said Adrian Millar, Ripzone Marketing & Late Night Drive Thru Manager. “Ripzone’s sponsorship of the annual Snowboard Invitational is the highlight of our year and our goal is to make it that way for the athletes as well.

“This event was created to give riders exactly what they wanted — a massive Superpipe pushing the boundaries of what’s humanly possible and a return to the nighttime Big Air in front of a huge crowd in the heart of Whistler Village, said Doug Perry, Chairman of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival. “We’re proud to continue working with Ripzone on this event; which launches the Festival in style.

The full athlete line-up for the Ripzone Snowboard Invitational include:

Big Air Invitations – Men
1 CONNOLLY NEIL Elan, Billabong
2 FELICIANO JOSH Sims
3 HARDINGHAM ANDREW Ride, Drop, Etnies, 32, Technine, Oakley, Rudeboys
4 HJELMSTADSTUEN ROGER Head, Helly Hansen, Airwalk, Dragon, Dakine
5 HUFFMAN LUKAS Nitro, Legion, Northwave, Drake, Bakoda, Anon
6 MASSEY TYLER Nitro, Oakley
7 MONTOYA MARC FRANK Sims
8 MORISSET GUILLAUME Salomon, Savier
9 NIEMELA EERO Rossignol, Volcom
10 OEDEGAARD HENKI Ripzone, Rome SDS, Version, SP
11 OSACHUK MIKE Forum, United, DC, OGIO, Stunt Wax, Boardzone
12 PARIS RYAN Flow, VonZipper, Windell’s, RideNH, Clive, GMC Gloves, Ragged Mt.
13 RENCZ MIKEY Burton, Electric, Gravis, 2MC, Neff, Circle
14 RITCHIE BENJI Rossignol, Billabong
15 SHEEHAN NATE Artec, Ripcurl, Version, Savier, DaKine
16 TARTE MARC-ANDRE Westbeach
17 TIKKANEN PAAVO Endeavour, Volcom, Iris, Drop
18 WILLIAMS TRAVIS Option/NFA, APX, Drake, VonZipper, OGIO, Freestyle Watches, Evolution
19 Ripzone Sponsor spot – TBD
Ripzone 20 Ripzone Sponsor spot – TBD
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Big Air Stand-by Riders — Men (in order)
1 DUFFICY CHRIS Sims
2 TRINIDAD DARYL Sims, SPY, Technine, Helly Hansen, Vital Snowboard Shop, Osiris
3 SANSALONE KEVIN Option/NFA, Dragon, Etnies, 32, RDS, Whistler Blackcomb, CTI Knee Braces, Grenade
4 BACKSTROM IIKKA Sims
5 DELESALLE DIONNE Sapient, 32, Etnies, Drop, Sessions, Wildcats
6 LAMOUREUX JUSTIN Head Snowboards, Reef, CFR Sled Racks, Rude Boys, MGT
7 ROTH JON Sims, Volcom, Savier Shoes, Active Ride Shop
8 SCHOVANEK KELLY Academy Snowboards, Mission 6, Frozen Ocean, Arnette, Grenade, Technine
9 GAFFNEY SCOTT Ripzone, Giro, Nixon
10 BROWN CHRIS Salomon, Volcom, The Circle, Wildcats
11 DESCHENES GUY The Circle, Scott USA
12 McCARTHY PATRICK Option/NFA, Technine, Northwave, Defcon, Dragon, Snowboard Connection
13 GREGORY NICK Endeavour, Billabong, Electric, Red Bull, Nixon, DVS, Drake, Northwave
14 MELANCON DAVID Helly Hansen, Oakley, Drop, WE, Bluebird, Technine, Base, Empire, Jeenyus
15 TETER ABE Palmer

Superpipe Finals – Men
1 CARRIER-PORCHERON DAVID Burton, Spy, Hurley, Empire
2 DESCHENES GUY The Circle, Scott USA
3 DILLON KEIR Bton
4 DUNCAN JOSH Endeavour, Grubwear, Boris Brother’s Clothing, Canadian National Team, The Source
5 FISHER STEVE Head Snowboards, Smith,
6 HARDINGHAM ANDREW Ride, Drop, Etnies, 32, Technine, Oakley, Rudeboys
7 KASS DANNY Grenade
8 KINGWILL ROB Arbor, Giro, Swix, Red Bull, Jackson Hole
9 KOKUBO KAZUHIRO Burton
10 LAMOUREUX JUSTIN Head Snowboards, Reef, CFR Sled Racks, Rude Boys, MGT
11 LIPSCOMB CRISPIN Elan, Westbeach, Vans, Spy, Pryme Helmets
12 MELANCON DAVID Helly Hansen, Oakley, Drop, WE, Bluebird, Technine, Base, Empire, Jeenyus
13 MICHAELIS JAN Head Snowboards, Oakley Apparel & Eyewear, Ratiopharm, Toyota
14 MIGNEAULT DANIEL Oakley, www.danmigno.com
15 MORISSET GUILLAUME Salomon, Savier
16 TETER ABE Palmer
17 TETER ELIJAH Palmer, US Snowboard Team, Oakley, Nixon
18 WYNEN LUKE Unity Snowboards, Smith, Jays Snowboard Shop, KINeSYS, Jedidiah Casual Clothing
19 RIPZONE SPONSOR SPOT – TBA
Ripzone20 RIPZONE SPONSOR SPOT – TBA
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Superpipe Stand-by Riders — Men (in order)
1 LEMAY HUGO Flow, Scott, Canadian National Team
2 AUBRY DAVID Ride, Oakley
3 BANNOCK DENNIS Ripzone, Atomic, Nixon, Technine, Grenade, 32, Etnies, OGIO, Ca$hle$$ Inc.
4 MARTIN BRAD Rossignol, Spy, Arson, Giro, Corbetts
5 JENNINGS TREVOR Head Snowboards
6 KUMLEA JESSE Ride Snowboards, Planet Earth Outerwear
7 MICHALCHUK MIKE Nike
8 SCHOVANEK KELLY Academy Snowboards, Mission 6, Frozen Ocean, Arnette, Grenade, Technine
9 RAYMOND DAN Flow, DaKine, Arnette, 661, Sombrio, Whistler Summer Snowboard Camp
10 GOLDBERG RUBE Nitro, Billabong, Dragon, Drop, The Circle, DMK Global

Superpipe — Women
1 BLEILER GRETCHEN K2, Oakley Eyewear & Apparel, Aspen Ski Co., Red Bull, Giro, Dakine, Polar Revolution
2 BYRNES TRICIA Cold As Ice, Bolle, Stratton, Kombi, CLif Bar
3 CLARK KELLY Burton
4 CONRAD SARAH Ride, Nixon, Proskates, EC Lips
5 HELLMAN ANNA Head, Oakley, Pinkfling Bitchwear
6 MACKENZIE AVERY Endless
7 NICOLL MERCEDES K2, 32, Clive, Drake, The Circle, Velvet
8 RICKER MAELLE Oakley, Head, Whistler Blackcomb
9 TETER HANNAH Burton, US Snowboard Team, Nikita, Mountain Dew, Nixon
10 VALLEE DOMINIQUE Oakley Eyewear & Apparel, Prior Snowboards
11 ZUREK NATASZA Burton, Nikita
12 RIPZONE SPONSOR SPOT – TBA Ripzone

Superpipe Stand-by riders — Women (in order)
1 McKENNA LESLEY Roxy, Nidecker, Nokia, Smith
2 MOURANT AMANDA Burton, Smith, Mocca Forte
3 FORD MICHELLE DIZ Skate & Snow Shop, Gauge Clothing, ICA Head Wear, Volcom
4 KOPINYA SARAH Burton, Anon, Vital Boardlife
5 LUNDMARK HANNA Nitro, Ripcurl, Frontline, Spy, Pinkfling Bitchwear

The Competition Design Team — consisting of top athletes and snowboard industry leaders, including Justin Lamoureaux, Kevin Sansalone, Maelle Ricker, Tara Teigen, Adrian Millar and Brandon Wong — awards the athlete invitations. Invitations are granted based on results from the season’s most prestigious events, including last year’s Ripzone Snowboard Invitational, as well as athlete achievements and overall performance in the snowboard community.

Riders who did not receive an invitation but still wish to compete can enter the Superpipe Qualifier for a chance to do battle in the Superpipe Finals. To register for the Superpipe Qualifier, please visit whistler2004.com/registration-forms/snowboard.php.

Ripzone presents the Snowboard Invitational in association with Transworld Snowboarding, Crest Night Effects, Panasonic Shockwave, Snowboard.com, Davidoff Cool Water, and Gillette Xtreme.The Ripzone Snowboard Invitational and the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival are produced by W1 Inc. — Whistler’s largest sport and entertainment marketing company. The 2004 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival takes place April 16-25. Known as the world’s most intoxicating mix of high-octane music, art, and sports, the Festival also features the World Skiing Invitational featuring Salomon Big Air and Superpipe, the DKNY//Jeans Outdoor Concert Series, the Kokanee Freeride Club Concerts, the Panasonic Pro Photographer Search and Showdown and the Panasonic Filmmaker Showdown. For information, visit www.whistler2004.com, or contact W1 at 604-938-3399.alomon Big Air and Superpipe, the DKNY//Jeans Outdoor Concert Series, the Kokanee Freeride Club Concerts, the Panasonic Pro Photographer Search and Showdown and the Panasonic Filmmaker Showdown. For information, visit www.whistler2004.com, or contact W1 at 604-938-3399.