Snowboarding’s finest were out in force Sunday, March 5, 2000 to honor the winners of the 2000 TransWorld Riders’ Poll presented By Mountain Dew live from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The club was packed with a well-dressed, optimistic mix of old school pros, next wave jib punks, photographers, reps, giddy sales managers, trade show girls in backless dresses, over-it snowboard media icons, and doe-eyed dot.commandos cruising the floor in search of fresh meat to feed their venture capital monsters. ESPN cameras roamed the room video taping the tattooed, BMX bad-boy X2Day host Rick Thorne as he bobbed and weaved through the crowd. It was all angles of snowboarding rolled into one glamorous night in Sin City.

ESPN’s Sal Masekela and Shaun “The Pizalm” Palmer were at the host controls and between insults regarding each other’s level of “jackassness” the two announced the presenters for each of the 11 awards given out during the night.

Being the host didn’t keep Shaun from winning the night’s first award. Jason Ford and photographer Mark Gallup presented he and Maelle Ricker with the award for best Boardercrossers. “This is a nice piece of glass,” Shaun said. “I just bought a little shack for 80,000 bucks and it’s going to look good on my mantel. Thanks again. I thank all the riders for voting for me. I’m going to stay as fast as can for as old as I can get.”

Palmer may have started the evening, but Tara Dakides got it rolling with the first of her two effervescently meandering acceptance speeches. The first was for Best Freestyle rider. “I’m glad they made this a little lighter this year,” she said, shaking the trophy back and forth like a martini tumbler. “I’d like to thank all my sponsors and all the boys out there. Damn, there’s some good stuff out there these days. I was supposed to say something that I forgot. I’d like to thank all my friends and my sponsors and what else? I’ve babbled long enough. I love you guys, and ah, check out my ass.”

With the “check out my ass” line Tara had the crowd nearly on its feet and the award show off on an “ass” tangent that it never could quite shake. When host Palmer returned to the podium he assured everyone that he’d been checking her out long before anyone asked him too.

One of the new awards added to the show was the SIA Retailer’s Choice award given to the riders who did the most to help retail sales. The winners were Victoria Jealouse and Peter Line. Whether she just didn’t understand the award, or genuinely didn’t like it, Victoria caused a stir when she accepted the award from SIA President David Ingime saying, “This is dumb. Ah, well thanks, yeah,” and giving a sarcastic thumbs up.

Peter Line, on the other hand, knew exactly what this award was about and embraced the moment. Looking like the evil spawn of Carrot Top and Angus Young, Pete rolled in, drink in hand and pulled the mic down. “Sorry I got here a little late, they didn’t really prep me for this,” he said and the crowd erupted into laughter. “I’m pretty stoked on this award because now on my contract negotiations I’ve got a lot of leverage. A lot of leverage! Thank you TransWorld for making me some more money. Peace.”

Steve Klassen and Mike Ranquet presented the award for Best Big Mountain Rider. Klassen, who later admitted that he hadn’t even filled out the ballot that was sent to him, took a moment to put in a few editorial comments about the big mountain riders who were missing from the nominations list. Then he announced Karleen Jeffrey as the women’s winner. Mike Ranquet got a word in for the old school when he said, “And the winner is . . . Shawn Farmer, no I mean Johan Olofsson”

Unfortunately, neither Karleen nor Johan were unable to attend. Karleen sent a video taped acceptance and Mike Ranquet accepted Johan’s award in a perfect Norwegian accent. “Tank you for dis aword,” he said. “I reelly appreciate it and check aut my ahhhhsss.”

Members of the South She Posse delivered the Maniac of the Year award in what was the best presentation of the entire evening. Jimmy Halopoff, TWS assistant editor Nathan Yant, and Whiskey filmmaker Sean Johnson rolled on stage fighting over who was the biggest derelict. Jimmy and Sean were fighting about whom was drunk when and who got in a flight with whom. Sean finally straighten things out saying, “Before we give out this award we want to pay tribute to people who would have won this award in the past had it existed back then.”

The three then proceeded to launch into a rapid-fire list of bad asses past, each diving in front of the mic to deliver a line. “Shaun Palmer for spending the night in the drunk tank before winning contests. Shawn Farmer for drilling holes in pool tables at jock parties. Andy Hetzel for hitting the big air jump naked at Incline. Damian Sanders for doing huge backflips off cliffs in Spandex. Mike Ranquet and Chris Roach for their Japan fiasco. Matty Goodman for getting paid by two snowboard companies at the same time. Morgan La Fonte for jumping more stuff than most dudes today, in a bra. Jon Boyer for necking in a hot tub with we won’t say who. And last Sean Kearns for stealing a snowmobile from the Mt. Baker Ski Patrol and jumping the road.”

“These bad asses broke the ice for all you little punks out there,” said Nathan Yant. Then Johnson jumped in. “So don’t think you’re all bad if you throw potato chips on the floor and stick gum under the tables at parties.”

The award went to the soft-spoken Mike Michalchuk who obviously won for his riding and not for his off snow antics. ” I’d like to thank all my friends and fellow riders and my sponsors Nike and Burton and from the past, all the good guys at Solomon,” he said.

The Snowboarding Magazine Readers choice awards were presented to Barrett Christy and Peter Line by Todd Richards and a hilarious, buck-toothed, southern-accented Rob Morrow who kept screaming into the mic, “Come on, lets hear you all squeal.”

Barrett Christy, who landed from some of the largest big air jumps of the season on her backside accepted saying, “First of all I’d like to thank my ass. I’d like to say thanks Sunday for this hat. I’d like to thank Gnu and Nike and everyone else who has made this sport what it is today and it is the best thing I’ve ever done. Thank you.”

Peter Line was a little more creative. “I’ve got a speech this time,” he said, pulling a micro-cassette recorder from his pocket. After having some problems getting it running and shouting an expletive he called a show girl over, placed the recorder in her hand, brought it up to the microphone. He motioned for her to hold it there as he slowly walked off stage waving to the audience. The crowd was so loud that it was nearly impossible to hear but in one break everyone heard something like, “I’m happy to be making a really good living even though I never went to college.”

The Snowboard Life Reader’s Choice awards were presented to Tina Basich and Shaun Palmer by pro racer Mark Fawcett and Sky Rondonet of XX Films. Tina was the most gracious recipient of the evening, which wouldn’t surprise anyone who knows her. “Thank you very much for this. It really means a lot to me,” she said. “I’ve been snowboarding for half my life now and I’ve always known there was something special about snowboarding. I’ve experienced a couple other industries and it’s really made me realize how special snowboarding is. It’s really true to the heart and we’re all doing this for the right reasons. It’s really something to be proud of. Thank you.”

Shaun Palmer wanted to thank all the “old guys” who read Snowboard Life. “You know why they picked me?” Shaun asked the crowd. “Because I’m old and all the old guys are reading that magazine. I’d like to thank every guy in the bar out there who watches me on television.”

Former World Champion Mike Jacoby present the award for Best Race to Betsy Shaw and Mark Fawcett. Though Betsy Shaw couldn’t be there she did send a note read by Victoria Jealouse. “I truly apprecite the vote of confidence, but just because my name is easy to spell doesn’t mean that I am deserving of this award. I want to teach you a new name and this is how you spell it. Sondra Van Ert.”

Having had a pretty rough season this year, Mark Fawcett was excited to finally win something, however, he put the award in perspective by dedicating it to snowboarder Daniel Lötscher. ” I’ve had a little bit of a black cloud following me around,” Mark said. “I had a real unfortunate experience in Switzerland we had a fellow competitor die in a race. So this one is for Daniel whereever you are man. God knows. This is for him. Have a good one.”

The highlight of the evening came when Snurfer inventor Sherman Poppen and Peter Line presented the Best Overall Rider awards to Tara Dakides and Terje Haakonsen. “This is a real treat,” Sherman said. “You’re looking at an old fart from Steamboat Springs who only rides powder and trees. And here you have a guy who doesn’t even touch the snow because he’s in the air all the time. It’s a treat to stand up here with Pete. He’s a very exciting human being. I thought his tape recorder was pretty cool.”

It was difficult to tell from the balcony, but it looked like Peter Line was blushing. ” It’s pretty much an honor to present an award with Sherman here,” Peter said. “It’s like if I were a paper clip sales man and he was like the guy who invented them and if he wasn’t there then I wouldn’t have a job and I wouldn’t be a paper clip salesman.”

Peter was completely sincere. “Thanks, Sherman ’cause I’m really happy right now,” he continued. “Everyone stand up for Sherman, the inventor of snowboarding. Come on you f–king bastards stand up. He doesn’t like all the attention, but he deserves it.”

Scotty Wittlake was presented with the Rookie of the Year award, Jussi Oksanen was given the trophy for best video part and Sal and the Pizalm said goodnight to the crowd. Following that DJ Quik took the stage and 2000 revelers partied on into the night.

Best Boardercrosser
Shaun Palmer
Maelle Ricker

Best Freestyle
JP Walker
Tara Dakides

SIA’s Retailers’ Choice
Peter Line
Victoria Jealous

Best Big Mountain
Johan Olofsson
Karleen Jeffrey

Maniac of the Year
Mike Michalchuk

Snowboarding Magazine Readers Choice
Peter Line
Barrett Christy

Snowboard Life Readers Choice
Shaun Palmer
Tna Basich

Best Racer
Mark Fawcett
Betsy Shaw

Best Overall Rider
Terje Haakonsen
Tara Dakides

Rookie of the Year
Scotty Wittlake

Best Video Segment
Jussi Oksanen
there she did send a note read by Victoria Jealouse. “I truly apprecite the vote of confidence, but just because my name is easy to spell doesn’t mean that I am deserving of this award. I want to teach you a new name and this is how you spell it. Sondra Van Ert.”

Having had a pretty rough season this year, Mark Fawcett was excited to finally win something, however, he put the award in perspective by dedicating it to snowboarder Daniel Lötscher. ” I’ve had a little bit of a black cloud following me around,” Mark said. “I had a real unfortunate experience in Switzerland we had a fellow competitor die in a race. So this one is for Daniel whereever you are man. God knows. This is for him. Have a good one.”

The highlight of the evening came when Snurfer inventor Sherman Poppen and Peter Line presented the Best Overall Rider awards to Tara Dakides and Terje Haakonsen. “This is a real treat,” Sherman said. “You’re looking at an old fart from Steamboat Springs who only rides powder and trees. And here you have a guy who doesn’t even touch the snow because he’s in the air all the time. It’s a treat to stand up here with Pete. He’s a very exciting human being. I thought his tape recorder was pretty cool.”

It was difficult to tell from the balcony, but it looked like Peter Line was blushing. ” It’s pretty much an honor to present an award with Sherman here,” Peter said. “It’s like if I were a paper clip sales man and he was like the guy who invented them and if he wasn’t there then I wouldn’t have a job and I wouldn’t be a paper clip salesman.”

Peter was completely sincere. “Thanks, Sherman ’cause I’m really happy right now,” he continued. “Everyone stand up for Sherman, the inventor of snowboarding. Come on you f–king bastards stand up. He doesn’t like all the attention, but he deserves it.”

Scotty Wittlake was presented with the Rookie of the Year award, Jussi Oksanen was given the trophy for best video part and Sal and the Pizalm said goodnight to the crowd. Following that DJ Quik took the stage and 2000 revelers partied on into the night.

Best Boardercrosser
Shaun Palmer
Maelle Ricker

Best Freestyle
JP Walker
Tara Dakides

SIA’s Retailers’ Choice
Peter Line
Victoria Jealous

Best Big Mountain
Johan Olofsson
Karleen Jeffrey

Maniac of the Year
Mike Michalchuk

Snowboarding Magazine Readers Choice
Peter Line
Barrett Christy

Snowboard Life Readers Choice
Shaun Palmer
Tna Basich

Best Racer
Mark Fawcett
Betsy Shaw

Best Overall Rider
Terje Haakonsen
Tara Dakides

Rookie of the Year
Scotty Wittlake

Best Video Segment
Jussi Oksanen