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SOS freestyle events at Vail

Daily Staff Report

This weekend’s events should be action packed with two slopestyle events being hosted by the Snowboard Outreach Society and a special Trans-Am event hosted by Transworld Snowboarding.

The eighth and ninth events in the United States largest amateur snowboard series continue at Vail’s Golden Peak. Slopestyle events will be held on Saturday and Sunday. -The 15-event United States of America Snowboarding Association (USASA) series travels to Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs.

For the second season, the Snowboard Outreach Society has teamed up with Transworld Snowboarding for the Trans-Am event. During Saturday’s Vail slopestyle event, special Trans-Am judges will give golden tickets to competitors who perform well. The tickets get them into a special jam session for the afternoon.

Once the USASA events are completed, the participants get 45 minutes to showcase their best tricks for the judges. Judging criteria will include best style, trick, attitude, and uniqueness. A highest ollie contest will run until the last rider is left. The top-three finishers will win prizes. All competitors will be invited to free pizza following the awards courtesy of Transworld Snowboarding.

Competitors can register online at http://www.sosoutreach.org, or register Saturday or Sunday morning in the Gold Peak Grill from 8-9:30am. There is a $25 competition fee, and a one-time annual USASA membership fee of $50. One-day lift tickets will be available for those competitors without season passes for $25 at Vail.

Competition winners will be on their way to qualifying for the USASA Nationals at Angel Fire, N.M., March 21-27, 2004.

The next events will continue on Feb. 21 at Vail for halfpipe competitions, followed on Feb. 22nd by the final giant-slalom and slalom events in the series.

Minturn’s Bidez lands in seventh in California

Copper Mountain Freeride Team member Clair Bidez of Minturn cranked out a 73.5 on her first run to take seventh last weekend at the Vans Triple Crown superpipe in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., the 16-year-old’s best finish to date.

Bidez took home $800. She pulled a 540 and a 700 in the run to beat the likes of Molly Aguirre and Anne Molin Kongsgaard, both top names in the sport.

Vermont’s Kelly Clark won $8,000 for taking first. Breckenridge’s Steve Fisher finished 16th in the men’s superpipe, behind California’s Andy Finch, who landed in first.

Bidez will travel to New Jersey this weekend with her 13-year-old brother, Dylan, and her family to participate in the final Grand Prix event of the season.

Then, it’s off to Germany for the Junior World Championships for Bidez, a halfpipe specialist. The final event in the Vans Triple Crown series occurs in California on March 4-6.

Dylan, meanwhile, will travel to Topolino, Italy, as the American male representative for an international competition for kids 13-and-under.

Clair’s sponsors include Burton, Howard Head Sports Medicine, The Otherside, Frontier Airlines, Wigwam, PowerBar, Boeri and Copper Mountain.


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