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Wednesday, 5 June 2002

United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) hosted its 2002 National Championship at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth, California on March 18-23.  The week of snowboarding competitions and festivities attracted over 1,139 riders between the ages of 3 to 60, from Alaska to Maine, specializing in a variety of snowboard disciplines. 

Over the last 12 years, the USASA National Championships has continued to grow to include five primary snowboard events; Alpine discipline includes GS and Slalom, Freestyle discipline includes Halfpipe, and Slopestyle, Boardercross® is a discipline onto itself.  Each of the 27 divisions competed in up to five different event competitions to collect a total of 650 awards.  For the fourth consecutive year, the South Tahoe Snowboard Series has maintained the championship collecting a total of 96 awards in 2002. 

USASA National Championship draws the best snowboard competitors throughout the US to contend for nationals awards, said Tom Collins, Executive Director, USASA.  The riders enjoy the spirit of competition as well as the fun and festivities offered throughout the week.  It is exciting to see a young rider build confidence and self-esteem through competing in the sport of snowboarding and interacting with other kids throughout the US.

The USASA is a training ground for snowboard athletes to compete at a novice and professional level and potentially Olympic medallists, explained Jack Manheimer, president, USASA.  The USASA has been a foundation for riders to grow their skills over the years.  We have had the opportunity to watch Ross Powers, Danny Kass, JJ. Thomas and Tommy Czeschin, and Chris Klug reach great heights in the sport of snowboarding through USASA membership.

In addition to competitive snowboard events, 113 recipients were awarded scholarship funds totaling $17,350.  USASA Scholarship winners are evaluated by application requirements including; grade transcripts, letters of recommendation, photo of applicant and snowboard results.  The scholarship awards begin from $50 to $1700 and can be used for any accredited school or institute of learning, coaching programs or summer snowboard camps.  Scholarship funds can be held in the USASA scholarship endowment fund and used for future college tuition. 

The 2003 USASA National Championship will be held in Sunday River, Maine, March 24-30, 2003.  It is expected to attract over 1,100 riders from 34 regions in the U.S. Competitors qualify to participate by competing in events within their regional series throughout the snowboard season.

USASA events and programs are made possible through the support and participation of the competitors, their families, sponsors and the area resorts.  The 2002 USASA National Championship was made possible through the support of the Mammoth Mountain, Vans, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, Wahoo’s Fish Taco and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. 

United States of America Snowboard Association is dedicated to supporting recreational and competitive snowboarding within 34 regions throughout the United States of America.  Since 1988, USASA has fostered the competitive spirit of snowboard athletes and developed a solid grassroots organization that allows men and women, and boys and girls of all ages and abilities to participate in over 360 organized snowboard events that qualify for national and international competition.  USASA supports educational programs throughout the year and organizes 10 snowboard clinics hosted at various resorts in the US.  These clinics serve as training for judges, coaches and the local series directors to help provide Fair, Safe and Fun events.

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