DENVER, Colorado—SnowSports Industry of America Snow Show—January 29, 2010— The North Face, the world's premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue has joined its global athlete team. The North Face has a team of more than 60 professional global athletes from around the world which includes snowboarders, skiers, rock climbers, mountaineers and endurance runners.

De Le Rue has been on the snow since childhood. In addition to a regular filming schedule with Standard, TGR and Relentless Energy, de Le Rue is hot on the competition scene. In 2008 and 2009 he won the Freeride World Tour and in 2009 also Best Line at the Freeride World Tour. De Le Rue took first place at the Swatch O'Neill Big Mountain Pro and the SBX Fis Vice World in 2009. In 2008 he placed first at the Oxbow Back to the Powder and took second at the Swatch O'Neill Big Mountain Pro.

With only a few weeks into 2010, de Le Rue won the Standout of the Year award in the Transworld Rider Poll Awards, and was nominated for the Cold Smoke Awards, Best Line. He has already been named Big Mountain Rider of the Year by Snowboarder magazine and awarded for Best Shooting and Jury Special in the Saint Lary Freeride Film Festival.  De Le Rue is a 2010 Olympic favorite for Boardercross,

Based in Verbier, Switzerland, with his wife and daughter, de Le Rue spends his non-boarding time downhill mountain biking and surfing.

For more than 40 years The North Face has teamed up with the world’s finest mountaineers, alpinists, climbers, skiers, snowboarders and endurance adventurers who have defined the limits of what is humanly possible. De Le Rue joins fellow The North Face Snowboard team members David Carrier Porcheron (DCP), Mark Carter, Lucas DeBari, Johan Oloffson, Dave Short and Eric Themel. The North Face Athlete team works closely with Research, Design and Development, creating innovative designs that push new technologies and inspire cutting-edge products. The team also integrates with Sports Marketing to develop world-class events and expeditions.

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