World Snowboard Champs April 19-22, 2001

WORLD SNOWBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIP TO TAKE PLACEAPRIL 19-22, 2001 IN WHISTLERRequests for Athlete Invitations Accepted until March 5, 2001 at www.worldsnowboardingchampionship.com

WHISTLER, Canada, February 7, 2001 – Organizers have confirmed the dates for the 2001 World Snowboarding Championship, to be held in Whistler April 19-22. The Worlds invite the best male and female riders in the world to compete at Whistler/Blackcomb in Slopestyle, Superpipe and Big Air.

“The event, dating back to 1983, was originally created to help establish the sport’s credibility at a time when the snowsport industry still shunned snowboarding,” says John Textor, Chief Executive Officer, Sims Sports, Inc. (SIMS). SIMS, with Tom Sims at the helm, created the original World Snowboarding Championship in Lake Tahoe. “The vision for the 2001 event is to provide a competitive forum encouraging athletes to push the limits of snowboarding to an even higher level… as well as to host a massive blow-out celebration to wrap up the competitive season,” says Textor.

The Worlds invites athletes based on their results from the season’s most important events including: Air & Style, US Open, Vans Triple Crown, X-Games, US Grand Prix and current world rankings. Wild card positions will be awarded to athletes who, for various reasons, may not have accumulated the necessary competition results. An Athlete Selection Committee made up of cross-industry representatives will finalize the competition format, the prize money breakdown and will oversee the rider invitations for the event.

Athletes and team managers may submit requests for invitation through the on-line registration form up to midnight on March 5, 2001 at www.worldsnowboardingchampionship.com. Invitation lists will be posted on the web site March 20, 2001.

The Worlds has secured a six-hour television deal with ESPN. Worldwide distribution of the programming to all ESPN affiliates in Canada, Asia, Europe and South America will follow the primary broadcast.

“The Worlds will, once again, take centre stage at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF), North America’s massive end-of-season party,” says Doug Perry, Managing Director, Resort Communications Group, event organizers of WSSF and The Worlds. “The two events fit perfectly together, as much of the industry is already in Whistler for WSSF. The combined result is four days of revelry culminating in the Big Air and Orbit… the nighttime spectacle that attracted 20,000 fans last year.”

Announcements regarding athlete selection committee members, total prize purse and prize money breakdown will follow shortly. For further information about the event, please visit the web site at www.worldsnowboardingchampionship.com.