An agreement was signed today for the United States of AmericaSnowboarding Association to hold their 2001 National Championship atMammoth Mountain California, March 19-25, 2001. The event has beenexpanded to a five-day affair with five disciplines scheduled daily.The competitions include Slalom, Giant Slalom, HalfPipe, SlopeStyle, andfor the first time BoarderCross® will be a full day event with timetrials held to establish competition brackets. Newly appointed USASAExecutive Director Tom Collins commented, “Where else do you hold theWorld’s Largest Snowboarding Event but at a Mammoth size resort.” Over1,000 invited competitors will include the top athletes in 13 differentage divisions for men and women from under 6 to over 60 years of age.These athletes represent the top riders from the 35 USASA sanctionedsnowboard series’ across the country. The competition will also featurethe USASA Open Class, the Pro/Am level competition, as a separatecompetition group, as well as the Adaptive Snowboarders which were addedin the 2000 Nationals.
Peter Greene the new President of USASA commented “It took a long timeto finalize the site for the Nationals this year because of manyorganizational changes within USASA over the summer. The new ExecutiveBoard has been learning the process of the site selection for Nationalsfrom our former National Event Director, Jay Erickson. Jay developedmany tools and checklists to aid in this selection process. We areindebted to his thoroughness and attention to detail that has beenexecuted in the past USASA Nationals.” There were six other resortsinterested in hosting the 2001 USASA Nationals. The selection involveda site visit with many of the event’s Technical Staff to help evaluatethe capabilities of the host resort. Mammoth Mountain clearlydemonstrated the best ability to provide for the event. Additionally,Mammoth’s Super Pipe sets the resort apart from other mountains. “HalfPipe riders from around the country will be in awe when they see the18-foot walls.” Greene also commented, “The selection process for 2002will be started immediately in order to have the site finalized by theend of the 2001 season. Future bidders will have more time to preparetheir bids.” VAN’s and also TransWorld Snowboarding sponsor USASAnationally in 2001.
Pam Murphy, Vice President of Mammoth Mountain and General Manager ofMammoth West commented, “We are very pleased to host this prestigiousevent for USASA. Mammoth is renowned for world class service in eliteevents and we will work closely with the USASA staff to ensure that allparticipants find this to be the best event in USASA history.”
The USASA is a collection of 35 independent local snowboard seriesacross the country that also represents the International SnowboardFederation in the USA. Chuck Allen, of Southern California, founded theorganization in 1987 to represent the grass roots of snowboarding. USASAgrants scholarships to aid athletes in their educational pursuits andprovides an outlet for snowboarders of all ages to challenge themselvesand their friends.
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