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25th Anniversary of the USASA National Championships feature new elements

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March 7, 2014.  The USASA is pleased to announce new elements that competitors will enjoy at the 2014 USASA National Championships.  In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the first USASA National Championships, founding members of the organization will be in attendance along with members of the family of the USASA founder, Chuck Allen.   Memorabilia from the past 24 National Championships including medals, bibs, correspondence from competitors and alumni of the USASA will all be at Copper for this year’s events.  In addition to celebrating the 25th Anniversary, some exciting new elements include:

·       VAST ACTION Photographers will be on site, taking professional quality photos at all venues during both Snowboard and Ski week.   All VAST Action Photos are FREE this year.  That’s right…. parents can leave their cameras at home and not have to worry about paying for high quality photos after the event.  FREE Photos for ALL athletes at Nationals this year! 

·       MEDICINE IN MOTION will be on site, set up at the top of the Halfpipe venue, offering free Physical and Massage therapy.

·       VIDEO NIGHT, SUNDAY MARCH 30TH AT WOODWARD.  Screening of the top 10 videos from the nationwide contest.  A panel of judges will be on hand to score the top films and online voting will take place all week to determine the winners. 

·       BANKED SLALOM.  TONS of enthusiasm for this new event.  It will be staged just above the Rail Jam venue, affording great viewing from Burning Stones Plaza!  Criteria for qualifying detailed on the website.

·       USASA National Championships MOBILE APP.  The new app, developed by RMS Series Director, Paul Krahulec has EVERYTHING related to the Championships:  Schedule of events, Comprehensive Riders Guide, Copper Mountain event site map, discounts at Copper, Athlete groups, Results and much more.   Download from Q-Reader at Registration.

·       FREE “CARVE CLINIC”  PRESENTED BY TEAM USASA MEMBERS.  2013-14 team member Maggie Rose Carrigan and other members of the team will be meeting interested carvers, March 29th at the American Eagle lift at 8:45 AM to head up for the clinic.  The complete roster of clinicians will be posted at Athlete Registration.

·       WAX CLINIC WITH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL COACH, BUD KEENE.  Bud will be presenting two wax clinics for interested board tuners.  The clinics will take place -Wed., March 26th 7pm - 9pm     -Saturday, March 29th 7pm - 9pm   In the Peaks Room at Mountain Plaza in Center Village, Copper Resort.   Contact Bud for info:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  435-714-9609

Please be sure to check out the USASA National Championships RIDER’S GUIDE on usasa.org for additional information, discounts, event site map and schedules of additional events.   

USASA announces AFP Silver Level Sanction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

USASA announces AFP Silver Level Sanction for 2014 National Championships 

February 25, 2014. The USASA and The Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) have announced that the 2014 USASA Ski National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colorado have been granted Silver Level sanctioning. 

Commenting on the Silver level status of the event, USASA Executive Director Pete Davis stated, "We are excited to have earned AFP Silver Level status for our Silver Anniversary, 25th Annual National Championships at Copper Mountain. The venues are in great shape and we hope to see full rosters in all classes of the events that we'll be presenting for our ski athletes April 5th through 9th." The USASA Ski National Championships will feature skiercross, rail jam, slopestyle and halfpipe competitions over the five days in April. The AFP sanctioned events follow the USASA Snowboard National Championships that begin on March 29th and end on April 4th. 

Davis continued, "We witnessed some incredible skiing at the USASA National Championships last year. Seeing skiers who earned podiums at Copper in 2013, make it to the Olympics in Sochi this winter demonstrated how high the bar has risen at this event. Seeing the caliber of athlete competing at the USASA National Championships, it was a logical progression for the AFP to sanction the event at the Silver level. We are very excited to work with their team moving forward." 

AFP Executive Director, Eric Zerrenner added, "The AFP has worked with and supported USASA for years. Their regional programs focused on youth participation in competitive freeskiing is essential for the growth of our sport, and has proven to be a successful path to the Olympic stage - demonstrated by last year's National Halfpipe Champion Lyman Currier. With added resources and expected increase in participation, the AFP is pleased to elevate the 2014 Nationals to a Silver Level AFP event."

About the Association of Freeskiing Professionals 

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The Association of Freeskiing Professionals was launched in 2007 with the goal of providing a clear and concise World Rankings for the sport of freeskiing in the disciplines of halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and overall for both men and women. Organized, managed and communicated by the AFP, the World Ranking System is made possible by a network of AFP-sanctioned events - the AFP World Tour. Through the global organization and consistency of judging, competition schedule and event sanctioning requirements, the AFP helped halfpipe and slopestyle skiing gain Olympic acceptance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. 

 

A3/ USASA Road Trip Feb 3 thru 10

The SIA Trade show in Denver and associated travels to Summit County took up the bulk of this week, with out of office travel.  The indoor portion of the show lasted from Jan. 30-Feb. 2nd and our team arrived Jan. 29th for set up.  Following the show, the on-snow demo took place in Copper Feb. 3rd and 4th, during which time, Zippy Neil and I met with Copper and other groups in and around Summit County.  Bad weather across the nation delayed my return to Vermont until 2:00 AM, Thursday, Feb. 6tha3van

 The Empire State Games that took place over the weekend of Feb. 8 & 9th, is a statewide event that encompasses virtually all winter sports.  Hockey, Figure Skating, Alpine ski racing, Nordic races, snowboard, etc. are all presented for kids from all over the Empire State.  The USASA manages the snowboard events over the weekend, presenting Cross (skier and boarder cross racing) and Slopestyle.

 As Lake Placid and nearby Whiteface Mountain are Olympic venues ( 1932 and 1980 ), the energy and enthusiasm for the competitive events being presented was at an all time high.  The first day of Olympic results from Sochi,  with USA rider Sage Kostenburg winning men’s Slopestyle, generated quite a buzz around Whiteface.  The A3 van made the trip to Whiteface on Saturday for the Cross events and was afforded high-profile parking spot in a requested, pre-arranged location for maximum visibility of the branded van during the event.

A3 Bars and tee shirts were distributed during the Awards Ceremony at the end of the day and kids, parents and coaches were stoked.

RETAIL STOPS:

 THE SKI RACK, 85 Main Street, Burlington, VT 800-882-4530.  CONTACT:  Spike Clayton.

  • Ski Rack is one of the largest, most influential shops in Ski, Bike, Mountain category. Two boxes of product and tee shirts dropped off.

 NORTH STAR SPORTS, 100 Main Street, Burlington, VT.  802-863-3832.  Contact JP Coseno. 

  • Mainly a bike store, but with backcountry, XC skis in winter.  Dropped off bars, road rash and tee shirts.  JP and his staff loved the bars.

 

USASA and A3 Hit The Road

scaledA3January 16, 2014.  Charlotte, North Carolina.   The USASA and A3 are hitting the road this winter with a promotional van that will provide event support at USASA Regional Series events through the middle of March.   The van is a fully equipped “Sprinter”, loaded with A3 sample products and promotional giveaway items that will be distributed to competitors at USASA events. 

The exterior of the van is graphically striking with action photos of Jordan Romero, an A3 sponsored athlete who holds the world record as the youngest mountaineer to ascend all seven of the highest peaks in the world, on each continent, including Mount Everest, which he climbed with his father at age thirteen.  The van graphics also feature action photos of USASA snowboard and ski athletes from the 2013 USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain. 

The first stop for the van will be at the upcoming Midwest Best Regional Rail Jam and Slopestyle competition on January 18th and 19th at the Sunburst Ski Resort in Kewaskum, Wisconsin.  From there, the promo van will travel across the Midwest en route to New England where it will appear at events through the winter.   Commenting on the van and the partnership with A3, USASA Executive Director Pete Davis stated, “A3 really stepped up to support the USASA with the promotional van.  It has already generated a lot of excitement for A3 and the USASA.  We are all looking forward to introducing A3 product to our members as we travel to events in the Midwest and New England regions.” 

USASA and Dominator Wax

dominator_programFree Dominator kit upgrade for USASA members!  Buy a basic competition kit and get upgraded to the advanced competition kit, this is $45 of free waxes. So hurry up and stock up on the fastest wax out there for Nationals, this offer expires March 22, 2014. See photos for details and contact Tom Reinerth 801 8767807, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have questions.

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USASA 25th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign

USASAFoundationLogoFebruary 25, 2013. Bondville, Vermont.  The United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) is launching the organization’s 25th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign today.  The goal of the campaign is to raise $250,000 by the end of the year to fund The USASA Foundation.

Funds raised through the year-long campaign will be used to further the mission of The USASA Foundation:  The USASA Foundation’s mission is to create grant programs that will benefit talented athletes, officials, coaches and series directors to further enhance the sports of snowboarding and freeski in accordance with USASA core values.

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