WHISTLER, BC March 19, 2014 – Top ranked snowboarders on the World Snowboard Tour arrived at Whistler Blackcomb last weekend for the 17th Annual Showcase Showdown. Backed by Monster Energy for the first time, the Showdown held higher stakes for riders including a $40,000 prize purse, and the chance to qualify for the Monster Energy Shred Show during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April in Whistler. It was announced before the event that the top three men from the pro division slopestyle and big air would earn invitations to compete in the Shred Show, a five-star competition on the World Snowboard Tour. The Shred Show will be held during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival during April 11- 15, 2014 and will consist of three events, boarderstyle, slopestyle, and big air.
The Showcase Showdown kicked off on Friday with the ShowUp Slopestyle in Blackcomb’s Nintendo Terrain Park. After two rounds of competition, Olympian and X Games gold medalist Maxence Parrot (CAN) nabbed first place for the men along with an $8,000 cheque. Whistler’s Darcy Sharpe (CAN) took second place and $4,000, and in third was Ryan Stassel (USA) taking home $2,000. In the women’s category, Jess Rich (AUS) took the top spot along with a $2,500 cheque, Breanna Strangeland (CAN) came second receiving $1,500, and Olympian Jenna Blasman (CAN) walked away with third place and $500. Because Parrot, Sharpe, and Stassle had all pre-qualified for the Shred Show, the invitations were extended to the men in the fourth, fifth and sixth positions; Brin Alexander (CAN), Michael Ciccarelli (CAN), and David Kinskofer (CAN).
Day two brought the big air competition under heavy snowfall at the base of Whistler Mountain. Katherine Lacroix-Vogel (CAN) battled through the challenging conditions to take first place and a $2,500 cheque in the pro women's category. In second place was Jenna Blasman (CAN) landing her second podium of the weekend along with $1,500, and rounding out the top three was Molly Milligan (CAN) taking home $500. On the men’s side, Darcy Sharpe (CAN) returned to the podium taking the win in the pro men's division along with an $8,000 cheque. In second place was Ryan Manning (CAN) receiving $4,000, and in third was Matts Kulisek (CAN) earning $2,000. Sharpe and Kulisek were also pre-qualified for the Shred Show big air competition so the invitations were extended to Ryan Manning (CAN), Anthony Stefnizzi (CAN) and Brin Alexander (CAN).
More information on the Monster Energy Shred Show can be found at www.wssf.com.
About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,174 centimetres (462 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.
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About TTR Pro Snowboarding & World Snowboard Tour
TTR Pro Snowboarding is a new breed of sports governing body made up of a professional network of events, athletes, nations and industry partners. TTR has been built upon the sport's core values and unique culture with the goal of making snowboarding the most recognized progressive sport in the world. The overall objective is to uphold the progression of snowboarding by providing fair and open competition environments, including innovative judging and ranking systems, that allow for athletes to develop from rookies into world-class athletes. A non-profit organization, TTR Pro Snowboarding owns and operates the World Snowboard Tour, the TTR World Ranking System and the World Championships of Snowboarding. At the end of each World Snowboard Tour competitive season, TTR Pro Snowboarding awards World Snowboard Tour Champion titles in each of the following categories: Overall, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air.
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As the official base layer and sock provider of Whistler Blackcomb, Icebreaker Merino Clothing is proud to bring warmth, comfort and style on the slopes to the resort visitors. Created by nature in New Zealand’s rugged Southern Alps to manage extremes of heat and cold, Icebreaker merino breathes to prevent overheating, regulates temperature, resists odour and dries in a flash.
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