H20 Winter Classic Results

Laguna Beach, CA ? February 12, 2002 ? Brian Richardson and JoelKnoernschild became the latest inductees in the H2O Hall of Fame afterclinching this year?s professional and amateur overall titles respectivelyat the 10th Annual H2O Winter Classic, held February 9-10, 2002

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Brian Richardson, the 2002 H2O Winter Classic Professional Champion, sums uphis feelings for the venerable event by saying, ?H2O! What can I say? Forme, it is an excuse to surf for a few days in the winter. It?s the bestcontest ever, better than the Olympics!?

Hurley and DVS Shoe Company once again presented the annual surf/snowboardevent, which kicked off Saturday, February 9th with an amazing day ofsurfing at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, CA. The surfcompetition saw its best conditions yet, with 3′ to 4′ waves and off shorewinds all day. Blue skies and sun greeted this year?s snowboardingcompetition, which took place February 10th at Mountain High Winter Resortin Wrightwood, CA, as competitors vied for first on the slope-style course?spacked powder.

This year?s talent field was the best to ever grace the H2O Winter Classic.Pro surfers Mike Todd, Micah Byrne, and Mike Losness competed, as did prosnowboarders Todd Richards, Brian Iguchi, and Matt Hammer. On the industryside, Sal Masekela, ESPN?s X-Games host, unfortunately got injured in thesnowboarding competition and had to be rushed off to the hospital.

Adding to the excitement, there was a three-way tie for 2nd place overall inthe pro division, necessitating a recount of the tied pros? scores. The H2Oalso introduced a new format this year that gave each competitor two chancesto advance to the next round. The riders loved the new format since it madethe competition fairer than ever.

?The H2O is definitely my favorite contest that I do throughout the wholeyear,? states Joel Knoernschild, the 2002 H2O Winter Classic AmateurChampion. ?It?s more like hanging out with friends and having a good timeon the beach or snow. It just brings the industry closer together.?

Supporting sponsors of the 2002 H20 Winter Classic included Fender Guitars,Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Mad Catz Interactive, KROQ 106.7, and Mountain HighResort. Media sponsors of the event were Happy Magazine, Transworld Surf,and Transworld Snowboarding.

Official results are as follows:

Professional Results

Surf
1 Mike Todd – Laguna Beach, CA
2 Mike Losness – San Clemente, CA
3 Kyle Knox – San Diego, CA
4 Josh Sleigh – Newport Beach, CA

Snow
1 Matt Hammer – San Bernardino, CA
2 Brian Iguchi ? Jackson, WY
3 Brian Richardson – South Lake Tahoe, CA
4 Gabe Taylor – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Overall
1 Brian Richardson – South Lake Tahoe, CA
2 Josh Sleigh – Newport Beach, CA
3 Mike Losness – San Clemente, CA
4 Gabe Taylor – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Amateur Results

Surf
1 Tyler Morehead – Laguna Niguel, CA
2 Mark Austin – San Clemente, CA
3 Kevin Richards – San Clemente, CA
4 Joel Knoernschild – Costa Mesa, CA

Snow
1 Danny Williams – Wrightwood, CA
2 Chad Martin – San Clemente, CA
3 Nima Jilali – La Canada, CA
4 Tyler Mayer – Santa Barbara, CA

Overall
1 Joel Knoernschild – Costa Mesa, CA
2 Brian Kobosco – San Clemente, CA
3 Mark Austin – San Clemente, CA
4 Tyler Morehead – Laguna Niguel, CA

Industry Results

Surf
1 Brandon Richards from Val Surf – Calabasas, CA

Snow
1 Steve Titus from Blackline Enviornments – Newport Beach, CA

Overall
1 Brandon Richards from Val Surf – Calabassas, CA

The H2O Winter Classic presents a unique opportunity for professionals,amateurs, and board sports industry leaders to compete in a weekend ofsurfing and snowboarding, each in their own divisions. Vipe Desai began theevent ten years ago when he owned the H2O Surf and Snowboard shop in SunsetBeach, CA. The contest has since become a template for the proliferation ofevents that marry boards sports and music in a festival-like atmosphere.

For more information, or to request images or complete results, pleasecontact Vipe Desai at Propaganda Headquarters, Inc. via phone at949.499.4330, via fax at 501.423.2572, via email at vipe@propagandahq.net,or visit the event website atwww.H2OWinterClassic.com.

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