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Pond Skimming splashes down in Vail April 18

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Tom Green/Special to the Vail DailyVail extreme skier Chris Anthony gets some air at last year's World Pond Skimming Championships on Vail Mountain

VAIL -In the eighth year of competition, the World Pond Skimming Championships will close out the Spring Back to Vail week-long festival on April 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak base area. Skimmers from around the world will test their buoyancy in attempt to become the 2010 World Pond Skimming Champion and win two 2010/2011 EPIC Passes. Registration will open to the public online at http://www.springbacktovail.com on Monday, cost $50 per person and is limited to a field of 75 participants. All participants must be at least 14 years old. The event will also include a free BBQ for all participants and guests courtesy of Vail Resorts.In the World Pond Skimming Championships floating – and sometimes quickly sinking – athletes launch themselves off an snow jump into a 100-foot pond in attempt to successfully exit the pond on both feet. Competitors will vie for fame and glory in a showing that defies the laws of physics and perhaps even common sense. Judges will score each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water solubility. “This year will be my fourth year competing,” said Vail resident Brad Ryan. “Anytime I can dress up in a ridiculous outfit, make people laugh and try to skim across a pond with thousands of people watching, you can guarantee I’m in. Winning a free pass EPIC pass wouldn’t hurt either.” Registration is $50 per person and is limited to a field of 75 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration, as well as detailed event information including rules is available at http://www.springbacktovail.com. Note that the event will sell-out quickly. “Making the ESPN top 10 plays of the week was probably the best moment in my pond skimming career so far – I never thought I would beat out Kobe on Sports Center,” said Ryan. “But, as a whole, the competition is fun because it’s an on-going tradition with good friends and another great part of the closing weekend festivities.” Promptly following the pond skimming event, American alternative rock band Guster will perform a free outdoor concert at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village starting at 4:30 p.m. “I’m loving the fact that I get to ski Vail twice this year all under the auspices of “business,'” said Guster’s guitarist and vocalist Adam Gardner. “It was a blast opening the season with Yukon Kornelius at Vail Snow Daze and I look forward to playing the last ski weekend with Guster!” The Spring Back to Vail festival takes place April 12 to 18, 2010. Photo Credit: Tom Green

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