Vans Triple Crown Opener Dec. 12

Santa Fe Springs, CA (November 20, 2002) — Vans, Inc. : Basking in theafterglow of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, the 2002-03 snowboardcontest season opens December 12-15 as the world’s best snowboardersincluding America’s Olympic medallists, Ross Powers, Danny Kass, JJ Thomasand Kelly Clark, descend upon Breckenridge Ski Resort for the Mountain DewPro Nationals of Snowboarding. The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals feature morethan 100 athletes tackling the Halfpipe and Slopestyle course as well asvying in the Mountain Dew Rail Jam contest in North America’s first majorsnowboarding competition of the year. For those who can’t make it toBreckenridge, the Mountain Dew Pro Nationals, with more than $110,000 and aFord Ranger FX4 at stake, airs on NBC Sports on January 26 at 5:00 pm EST.

In addition to the American Olympian presence, the Mountain Dew ProNationals boast the biggest names in competitive snowboarding includinglast year’s overall Vans Triple Crown women’s champ, Gretchen Bleiler, aswell as Tommy Czeschin, Doran Laybourn, Daniel Franck, Abe Teter and HanaBeaman and Breckenridge Team Riders Todd Richards and Chad Otterstrom. Theathletes will be challenged by one of the world’s great halfpipes andterrain parks as Breckenridge once again comes into the season rated highlyby boarders as one of the top mountains for snowboarders in the UnitedStates. This year, a new 18 ½-foot Zaugg Superpipe will welcome riders tothe 2002-2003 season.

“The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals at Breckenridge have been the perfect startto the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding for five years now,” said SteveVan Doren, Vans’ vice president of promotions. “With nearly every bigcontest rider coming out, we’ll get an early look at who is going to takesnowboarding to new heights this winter.”

The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals will consist of three events — Slopestyle,Halfpipe and Rail. In Slopestyle, riders make an untimed run loaded withjumps, a quarter pipe and hand rails with the run judged on consistency andlevel of difficulty. In the Halfpipe event, riders utilize Breck’s massivesuperpipe walls to perform tricks judged on difficulty, execution and”amplitude.” The Mountain Dew Rail Jam features riders each taking a stabat pulling off the gnarliest moves on a specially built competition rail ina less formal setting, but with big cash still on the line.

2001 Mountain Dew Pro Nationals Results (December 21-23, 2001)

Slopestyle Halfpipe

Men Men
1. Todd Richards 1. Tommy Czeschin
2. Travis Rice 2. Shaun White
3. J.J. Thomas 3. Christopher Nelson
Women Women
1. Kim Bohnsack 1. Gretchen Bleiler
2. Katrina Voutilainen 2. Tricia Byrnes
3. Sara Osterberg 3. Autumn Rose

The $330,000 Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding continues with the BuiltFord Tough Championships at Mammoth Mountain Resort, Mammoth Lakes, CA,January 23-26 and the Vans North American Championships, March 6-9 at BearMountain Resort, Big Bear Lake, CA.

The Mountain Dew National Championships of Snowboarding presented by FordTrucks and Vans are made possible through a partnership of Ford Trucks,Mountain Dew, the Xbox? video game system from Microsoft, Right GuardXtreme, Transworld SNOWboarding, Fox Sports Net and NBC Sports. The VansTriple Crown? Series features the world’s top athletes participating inpremier venues throughout North America for the top prize purse in each ofsix Core Sports? disciplines: Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX, FreestyleMotocross, Surfing and Snowboarding.