Woodward Progression Award Winners

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Hudson Shaeffer from the Appalachian Series is one of 32 USASA athletes to win the Woodward Progression Award.

Summer is gonna be awesome this year as Woodward Camps is aknowleding 32 riders from the USASA community with free session to Woodward as part of the Woodward Progression Award. The Woodward Progression award is given to one individual athlete (skier or riders) from each series who showed the most improvement and growth throughout the entire series. Winners of the Woodward Progressions Award exemplify Woodward and USASA's mission to build the best young athletes who demonstrate the qualities of integrity, respect, positivity and good sportsmanship.

Here are a few of the outstanding recipients of this year's Woodward Progression Award.

Calvin Kehril from the Western Washington Series will be spending a week at Woodward Tahoe.

The New Hampshire Series freeskier James Pouch will also be heading out to Woodward Tahoe for a week of summer camp fun.

Great Lake Snow Series Woodward Progression Award winner Brian Rice will be headed to Woodward Copper for his continuious progresssion in snowboarding throughout the 2016-17 season and his sportsmanship.

 

Otto Nikolai celebrates his progression award with the rest of the Grand Canyon Series! 

If you don't win this year's Woodward Progression Award, you can still get an epic deal on Woodward Copper. USASA Members can save $300 on Woodward Copper Summer Camp. Reserve a spot today for weeks 5, 7, 8 or 9 by calling 888-350-1544 and use promo code USASACamp.

USASA Wend Wax Kit For USASA Members

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WEND Wax is USASA's Official Wax Supplier and in honor of this new partnership WEND is offering an exclusive USASA Wax Kit which to our members. The includes: Universal Bit Bars, Liquid Juice Towelettes, MF Natural Cleaner/Conditioner Towelettes, bulk bars and more. This $145 wax kit is just $91 to USASA members with %5  of the sales going directly to the USASA Foundation to benefit the USASA Chuck Allen Scholarship fund or scholarships.

Click here to purchase the USASA WEND Wax kit and enter USASA30 at checkout for your exclusive member discount.

11 X Games Medals Won By USASA ALUMNI

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(Rocky Mountain Series alum, Aaron Blunck, on his way to winning his first X Games Gold. Photo: X Games)

Eleven X Games medals were won by ten USASA series alumni at the 2017 X Games Aspen. Aaron Blunck, Jules Marino, Elena Hight, and Hailey Langland all claimed their first X Games gold medals with all of them got their competitive start at USASA series events. X Games vetern and South Tahoe Series alum, Jamie Anderson, grabbed her 11 X Games medal with a silver in women's snowboard slopestyle and McRae Williams, from Big Mountain West, grabbed his first with a silver in men's freeski slopestyle.

(Steamboat local and Rocky Mountain Series alum, Taylor Gold, earned an X Games bronze under the lights. Photo: X Games)

Last year's Snowboard Superpipe gold medalist Matt Ladley, a Rocky Mountain Series alum, took home silver and  Maddie Bowman, Chloe Kim and Taylor Gold walked away with bronzes freeski and snowboard superpipe respectively.

(Jules Marino having an emotional gold medal moment. Photo: X Games)

Nineteen-year-old Jules Mario, an X Games rookie and Southern Vermont Series alum, was the superstar and story of X Games Aspen. Marino walked away with two X Games medals, taking home an a silver medal in the women's big air on Thursday night with a cab double underflip and a gold medal in women's snowboard slopestyle on Saturday. 

We Are Camp Partners with USASA

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The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) is proud to announce We Are Camp, parent company of High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Windells Camp, and Windells Academy, as an official USASA partner and sponsor of the USASA.  This national sponsorship is in support of all 32 regional USASA series across the country as well as the National Championships in Copper Mountain, CO, March 31st- April 12. High Cascade and Windells Camp have been long time supporters of USASA and are looking forward to another great year of working with the organization. 

“All of us at High Cascade Snowboard Camp are beyond excited to continue our partnership with USASA into the 16-17 season.” Said Tom Johnson, Director of Marketing at High Cascade Snowboard Camp, “We greatly value our partnership and couldn’t be more eager to work with the organization pushing the progression (and fun) of snowboarding – this is a no brainer.” 

In addition to giving away 10 camps for Nationals’ Stand Outs, We Are Camp will host two dance parties during USASA Nationals. One presented by High Cascade during the Snowboard Week and one presented by Windells during the Freeski Week. All proceeds raised from both dance parties will be donated directly to the USASA Foundation.

“I am stoked to continue the partnership between Windells and USASA! “ Said Jason Arens, Director of Marketing at Windells and Windells Academy , “As a kid, I grew up skiing and competing in my local USASA series, and I am excited to have the chance to work with and support an organization that continues to do so much for the youth freeskiing and snowboarding communities.”

We Are Camp will continue to offer valid USASA members $150 off the cost of camp sessions at both High Cascade and Windells for 2017.

“After USASA National Championships, summer camp is one of the highlights of the season for so many USASA athletes.  We Are Camp has been so generous to our members in the past and we are really grateful they have stepped up their support by more than double this year.”  Mike Mallon, Executive Director of USASA. 

Click here to learn more about USASA, High Cascade, Windells Camp, and Windells Academy.

Community Corner: Justin Reiter

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Justin Reiter has a long string of impressive titles to his name; 2014 Olympian, 8 time North American Cup Champion, World Championship medalist and in March of 2015, Justin became the first American to win an FIS Alpine Snowboarding World Cup in over 11 years. But long before he traveled the world racking up titles and before he represented the United States of American at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a young and nervous Justin Reiter dropped into his first contest at USASA’s Rocky Mountain Series and it was all downhill from there.

What was your first race like?

 My first race happened by chance. My home mountain was Copper Mountain. I stumbled upon a USASA race and told my Mom I would like to enter.  She was on board 100%, I was equally stoked and nervous.  Having never raced and no coach I went to the hill by myself and I was unaware of what inspection/or slipping the course was so I waited the the top for the race.  Too nervous to ask anyone what to do I waited for my number to be called.  I strapped into my Burton Performer Elite, grabbed hold of the start gate and listened to the countdown.  The starters voice boomed "Racer ready 3 - 2 - 1 - GO!"  I pulled as soon as I heard "Go".  I wish I could say my first race was a success but it went horribly wrong as I went around all of the gates backwards. Oops. Nonetheless it was an exhilarating experience, one I will never forget.  From then on I was hooked.

How did competing at USASA events shape your career and snowboarding community?

USASA offered the perfect positive platform to grow as a rider. The age groups gave the chance for everyone to compete against their peers and simultaneously see the next step by comparing where you, as a young gun were at versus the group above. I loved comparing my times to that of the older boys and even the open class. It fueled my fire to be as good as them one day.  USASA's structure also encouraged community by having the young race directly next to the pros. We would cheer on the top riders and they would come to cheer us on. There was nothing more exhilarating than having your role model take interest in your riding and cheer you on. 

What are some of your best memories from USASA when you were an up-and-coming rider?

Growing up USASA was key to my development as a rider and person. It introduced me to lifelong friends and the art form of being an all around rider. "Back in the day" riders competed in all the events and it was a blast to learn new tricks and learn how to go fast with my friends.  Progression took place because of my friends not just the coaches. In that is part of the soul of snowboarding development through camaraderie.

What was it like to compete at Nationals your first time?

My first time at Nationals was a whirlwind!  I was a wildcard qualifier and disqualified or fell in every event.  While many people would have been sad I was beyond excited just to have made it.  What an incredible experience to race the best in the country.  I couldn't wait to practice and come back the next season for redemption.  I met the heroes I looked up to from the US Snowboard Team. I met other young amazing riders, and I learned that snowboarding was to be a huge piece of my life. The love I felt there has carried me through a 20 year career. 

Follow Justin on his path to PeyongChang and beyond on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And if you’re lucky enough to earn a spot to USASA Nationals this April Justin just might be handing out a few of those coveted medals.

USASA & AFP Bridge Competition Pipeline

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The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) and the Association of Freeski Professionals (AFP) have combined forces to offer a seamless transition from entry-level USASA competitions into the AFP Junior and Global Ranking System. As a result of this partnership, the USASA will now offer approximately 50 AFP Bronze-Level, dual-sanctioned events. In addition, the USASA National Championships will carry AFP Silver-Level sanctioning for the Youth, Junior and Open Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions.

“Focusing on the youth of freeskiing and the next generation of AFP World Tour Champions has been a focus of the AFP since our inception,” says AFP Executive Director Eric Zerrenner. “Through this partnership with USASA, we will be dual-sanctioning select events and incorporating those athletes into the AFP system—showing them a clear and simple development pathway as their freeskiing careers progress.”

By providing nationwide coverage through 32 regional series, the USASA has been able to positively influence the freeski pipeline and create opportunities for kids all across the country. Now, in addition to competing to qualify for the AFP Silver-Level USASA National Championships, athletes will be progressing regionally and competing within their age groups to move up through the ranks. Through this growth and development, and this new partnership, the AFP’s ranking system will work simultaneously to show athletes’ progress as they improve throughout their career.

"We are honored to support these AFP Bronze-Level events this year through the USASA,” says USASA Executive Director Mike Mallon. “The AFP has been extremely influential in the development of the sport and shares similar values with the USASA. Together we are able to strengthen the pipeline for all of freeskiing and continue to progress the sport."

Contest schedules will be confirmed and posted on the AFP and USASA’s websites on Friday, December 9th.

Click here for more information on the USASA and AFP.