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From 550+ events to One - the 25th Annual USASA National Championships Begin March 30

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO – The road to the 25th annual United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association’s (USASA) championships will end where it began this year, at Colorado’s Copper Mountain Resort.  Between the opening event on November 11, 2013 to the snowboarder’s opening ceremonies on Saturday, March 29, some 550 events have been held involving over 4,000 competitors.  During the Silver Anniversary of the USASA National Championships, nearly 1200 snowboard athletes will compete in six disciplines while nearly 550 skiers will participate in four individual events.

USASA Executive Director Pete Davis stated, “The excitement building for the Silver Anniversary USASA National Championships is phenomenal.  The success of USASA athletes that competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi this winter has generated real awareness of the talent level coming to Copper.  We are all looking forward to great competition at some of the best venues we’ve ever seen at our National Championships.  Copper has really raised the bar this year!”

Founded in 1988, the USASA is the first organization exclusively focused on competitive grassroots snowboarding.  The belief was that by forming a national association for snowboard competitors, rules of competition could be standardized and an annual national championship event could be established for the rapidly growing sport.  Two short years later, USASA held its premiere national championships at Snow Valley, CA.  Freeskiing was later added and a companion championships, exclusively for skiers, was established.

Competitors at the 25th USASA National Championships range in age from 7 to 70 and hail from 30 Regional Series, with half of the states in the US represented including Alaska and Hawaii.  Snowboarders earned invitations to participate at the National Championships in Alpine (Slalom, Giant Slalom and Boardercross) and/or Freestyle (Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Rail Jam) events.  The disciplines available for Freeskiers include Skiercross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Rail Jam.

In celebration of USASA’s Silver Anniversary National Championships, several special events and unique elements are on tap for the competitors.  One of the most interesting will be a walk down memory lane of past championships through a display of memorabilia including medals, bibs, as well as correspondence from competitors and alumni.  Founding members of the organization will participate in this year’s events as will members of the family of USASA founder, Chuck Allen.

Among the special elements waiting for the athletes this year will be free photography at all venues and disciplines from VAST Action Photography, Medicine in Motion will be offering complimentary Physical and Massage Therapy, a free video night featuring entries from a nationwide video contest at Woodward at Copper, a Banked Slalom exhibition event for prequalified competitors, a USASA National Championship Mobile App, a free “carve” clinic from Team USASA members and a Wax Clinic with Olympic Gold Medal Coach, Bud Keene and more.  The Vendor Village, located in Burning Stones Plaza, will feature a wide array of sponsor tents, custom tee shirts, contests, samples and fun interactive events presented by sponsors of the USASA.

“USASA was the first contest series I competed in. It allowed me to go to nationals and ride with the best riders my age from all over the country. Not only did it push my riding and get my snowboarding career started but I also now have a low of friends to this day I met through USASA,” commented Louie Vito, 2010 US Olympic Team rider and X Games Champion in the 2014 USASA Media Guide.

Danny Kass, 2-time Olympic Silver Medalist agreed with Vito through his remarks in the Media Guide, “The USASA Foundation and its support for the young children of America are the biggest reason I has a chance to win an Olympic medal. If not for the USASA, I would never have had a chance to compete at the junior level.  It gave me the tools and experiences I would need for my entire career as a professional snowboarder.”

The USASA 25th National Championships, which are a TTR four-star event, kick off on Saturday, March 29 with age group practice sessions across all disciplines.  The athlete parade for the 30 Regional Series as well as opening ceremonies will get under way at 5:30.  Competition begins Sunday, March 30 and ends on Thursday, April 3, with the Exhibition Banked Slalom event the following day.  Featured riders in the Banked Slalom will include Olympic medalists Lindsey Jacobellis and Ross Powers.

The Ski Nationals, an Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Silver level event, commence on April 5th with Opening Ceremonies and practice.  Award ceremonies will be held in the Burning Stones Plaza from 4:00 – 6:00 following each day’s snowboarding and freeskiing competitions.

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Whirlwind tour for IPC athletes results in schedule change for Boardercross® event

The Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi featured a star-studded team from the USA, many of whom will be competing at the 25th Annual USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain.  Because of their whirlwind, post-Sochi special appearance schedule, Team USA IPC Boardercross® competitors will be racing at Copper Mountain on a revised schedule.  The USA Paralympians have been invited to a special, post-Sochi media reception in Washington DC, the same day as the SBX event scheduled for Adaptive athletes. 

The SBX competition will take place as originally scheduled for all non-IPC /Adaptive Snowboard athletes at Copper.  However, to accommodate the IPC athletes who will in Washington, DC on April 3rd, a separate IPC / SBX event will take place on April 9th, the day after the final day of the USASA Ski National Championships.   Providing the venue for the IPC athletes affords the athletes with an opportunity to compete in their very own SBX National Championships, an IPC event used, in part, to determine the 2014-15 USA National Team roster.

Commenting on the whirlwind schedule for the IPC athletes he coaches, Head USA Coach Miah Wheeler commented, “We appreciate the relationship we have with USASA because of their willingness to adapt to our chaotic schedules.  This year is especially hectic because of our great success at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.  It will be extremely entertaining watching the best Adaptive riders in the world battle it out at Copper Mountain.”

The format for the SBX race on the 9th will feature early morning inspection and training runs, followed by 3 single, timed runs during which the athletes will ride individually on the SBX course at Copper Mountain.   All other Adaptive snowboard competitors at this year’s USASA National Championships are scheduled to compete as part of Group 1 with their SBX event on April 3rd.   The complete National Championship schedule for all athletes is posted on line at www.usasa.org under the NATIONALS tab on the homepage. 

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.” 

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