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Conte and Poetzl ISF Boardercross Champs

The final Boardercross-battle of the Motorola ISF World Pro Tour, the Swatch Boardercross in Laax.ch, for a total prize money of US$ 133.330, is over! And the Motorola ISF Boardercross World-Champions 1999/2000 are: Ine POETZL (AUT/Bluewindow) and Philippe CONTE (SUI/Bluewindow)!

Exciting until the very end and Boardercross riding at it’s very best – today’s finals proved to be the ultimate season highlight! The longer the day took, the closer it also got with the Championships: Apart from second ranked Chri Maierhofer, who dropped out of competition early already, all other applicants for the championship-podium remained in the race until the final run. Philippe Conte, Xavier Delerue, time trials winner Drew Nilson, Tor Bruserud and Bertrand Denervaud then even had to wait some minutes, because thick fog came on the course and so the security of the riders came first. Like yesterday, it was Drew Neilson (CAN/Burton) being the fastest in the finals, second came Frenchman riding for Switzerland and new World Champion Philippe Conte, ahead of (also third on the Championship podium) Xavier Delerue. Neilson, with the points for today’s victory even could jump from 4th to second rank in the Championship rankings and is now Vice World Champion.

At the women’s, both top-riders in the rankings, Ine Poetzl (AUT/Bluewindow) and Line Oestvold (NOR/Bluewindow) easily made it into the finals and it came obvious why these two girls were ruling this season’s competitions. In the finals run, first Oestvold took the lead, then crashed slightly and had to let the field pass, but also Poetzl slightly bailed and so the way was free for young Swiss rider Fabienne Reuteler (Salomon). Actually more into Halfpipe riding than Boardercross, this victory was surprising Reuteler as much as all others in the field, but entering the Boardercross – course in six implicates surprises, and sometimes the one with the most stable riding wins. Champion Poetzl came second, ahead of Austrian Gitti Koeck (O’Neill), who also in Alpine was pretty successful this season.

Maximum respect also to Carlee Baker, she is third in the Championships though she could not compete here in Laax due to an injury. But still, her points-account was big enough to keep her position.

Motorola ISF World Champions 1999/2000
Boardercross – Women
Rank Surname FirstName Nat Sponsor
1 POETZL Catherine AUT BLUWINDOW
2 OESTVOLD Line NOR BLUWINDOW
3 BAKER Carlee CAN PALMER
Motorola ISF World Champions 1999/2000
Boardercross – Men
Rank Surname FirstName Nat Sponsor
1 CONTE Philippe SUI BLUWINDOW
2 NEILSON Drew CAN BURTON
3 DELERUE Xavier FRA BURTON

[Results women]
Rank Surname First Name Nat Sponsor
1 REUTELER Fabienne SUI SALOMON
2 POETZL Catherine AUT BLUWINDOW
3 KOECK Brigitte AUT O’NEILL
4 KELLER Katharina SUI PALMSWATC
5 OESTVOLD Line NOR BLUWINDOW
6 JAUFENTHALER Heidi AUT BURTON
7 CLARK Alison CAN RIP ZONE
8 PETRUZZI Brigitte SUI MAMMUT
9 TIKHVINSKAJA Maria RUS BURTON
10 GLAUS Ariane SUI OXYGEN
11 AHONEN Pepe FIN MAMMUT
12 HOLZER Melina GER FANATIC
13 FRINO Jennifer ITA SALOMON
14 PESKO Manuela SUI BURTON
15 MENTEL Bibian NED DUOTONE
16 GASTAUD Claire FRA PALMER
17 UHLMANN Tanja SUI F2
18 FOLLADOR Alessia ITA KILLERLOO
19 DAL BALCON Isabella ITA MAPLUS
20 HOLLIS Rene NZE OXYGEN
21 BERCHTOLD Martina GER OUTOFBNDS
22 MUELLER Iwon SUI NIDECKER
23 GUTTER Christine SUI FANATIC
24 SNOW Charlotte SUI F2
25 ZENKLUSEN Nathalie SUI K2CLICKER
26 KUECHLER Daniela SUI BLUWINDOW
27 LHUISSIER Julie SUI BLUWINDOW
28 REINHARD Carla SUI OXYGEN
29 GATTIKER Sarah SUI BURTON
30 GURSCHLER Martina GER OUTOFBNDS
31 HUGGLER Tamara SUI VOELKL
32 RUDIGIER Raffaela AUT
33 JAMIESON Victoria GBR SWATCH
34 BRUESCH Flavia SUI OVOMALTINE
35 HIMMLER Katharina GER VOELKL
36 KAEPPELI Susanna SUI HEAVYDUTY
KOLLER Alice SUI

[Results men]
Rank Surname First Name Nat Sponsor
1 NEILSON Drew CAN BURTON
2 CONTE Philippe SUI BLUWINDOW
3 DELERUE Xavier FRA BURTON
4 DENERVAUD Bertrand SUI BLUWINDOW
5 BRUSERUD Tor NOR BLUWINDOW
6 ‘+VAS Thomas SUI OVOMALTINE
7 SCHULZ Mark USA PALMSWATCH
8 BROWN Jason USA PALMER
9 BIE-LARSEN Boerre NOR F2
10 PUTZ Harald AUT OXYGEN
11 STAAHLKLOO Pontus SWE K2
12 KESTENHOLZ Ueli SUI SCOTT
13 RAITMAIR Gernot AUT F2
14 FINCH Andy USA PALMER
15 WESCOTT Seth USA GAPOXYGEN
16 HUSER Marco SUI BLUWINDOW
17 CONTE Nicolas FRA BURTON
18 HENZEN David SUI OVOMALTINE
19 THUE Ernst NOR BURTON
20 GMEINER Axel AUT HOT
21 KOGLER Manuel AUT DUOTONE
22 WEINLAENDER Michael AUT F2
23 GUTTORM Juha FIN NITRO
24 ‘+JORDAN Xavier SUI BURTON
25 MAIERHOFER Christoph AUT BLUWINDOW
26 MATHIEU Marcel FRA F2
27 AITASALO Antti FIN AIRWALK
28 BRIANT Charles FRA QUIKSILVE
29 HAENI Oliver SUI BLUEWINDOW
30 WERLEN Stefan SUI OVOMALTIN
31 KUPPRION Alexander GER DUOTONE
32 STIEG Brandon USA PALMER
33 AMBUEHL Marco SUI OVOMALTIN
34 JANSSON Henrik SWE F2
35 HOFMANN Sandro SUI
36 WOODTLI Marc SUI BLUEWINDOW
37 GISLER Rolf SUI PALMER
38 STENZ Kaspar SUI –
39 NORBERG Oskar SWE OXBOW
40 FONT Jordi SPA FISHERMAN
41 BORLA Vincent FRA NIDECKER
42 HERGER Ruedi SUI BLUEWINDOW
43 PLUM Terry USA SWATCHPALM
44 IMESCH Stan SUI AVALANCHE
45 LAYER Michael GER F2
46 TENNER Stefan SUI NIDECKER
47 WINKLER Daniel AUT F2
48 HAPP Dieter AUT BURTON
49 CAPAUL Jvan SUI PALMER
50 GLISE Florian FRA QUIKSILVER
51 BONACINA Fabrizio ITA BLUWINDOW
52 TYRKAS Daniel GER G & S
53 MICHELLOD David SUI F2
54 BRUNNER Therry SUI SIMS
55 SCHIAVON Alberto ITA K2RIPCURL
56 RING Gerry AUT ZIENER
57 MARDUEL Nicolas FRA DONUTS
58 JENNI Reto SUI PALMER
59 VONBANK Christoph AUT
60 CARIGIET Eric SUI F2
61 FEICHTER Arno ITA F2-ZEAL
62 BAERTSCH Gion SUI
63 SOMMER Andre SUI SDA
64 BALTIC Svetko AUT
65 SANDOZ Bastien SUI F2
66 AISSAOUI Khaled SUI BLUEWINDO
67 SPEISER David GER OUTOFBNDS
68 CATHOMAS Manfred SUI CRAP BAR
69 WEIDEL Florian GER PALMER
70 DOLE Fabian FRA ROSSIGNOL
71 BOESCH Michael SUI
72 WALT Laurent SUI F2DAKINE
73 MANGARD Manuel AUT
74 DELERUE Francois FRA SALOMON
75 CHARDONNENS Joakim SUI F2
76 FREINADEMETZ Martin AUT BURTON
77 KICKENWEIZ Jimmy AUT VOELKL
78 BOESCH Ruedi SUI VOELKL
79 HOFMANN Pascal SUI OVOMALTIN
80 ANDORLINI Tommaso ITA VERTICALE

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ISF Duel Slalom From Davos

Last stop of the Motorola ISF World Pro Tour 1999/2000 in Alpine! The almost traditional event here at the Jakobshorn Bahnen in Davos / SUI, held for the 9th time, has been the perfect atmosphere for a great race tonight: Thousands of spectators in the huge event-village on the “Bolgen” saw the world’s best riders doing a great show, and the winners of the prestigious titles of the Motorola ISF World Champion in Alpine really had to prove their skills in tonight’s K.O. finals:

The women’s: After current leader in the rankings Ursula Bruhin (SUI/F2) won the qualification this morning and second in the ranking, Jana Sedova (SVK/Burton) came also second in the qualification – it simply could’nt have been closer before the finals started. Bad luck for third ranked Heidi Jaufenthaler (AUT/Burton), who crashed in the qualification and so could not fight for the title.

In the finals then it soon became obvious that Bruhin wouldn’t let anyone get on the podium higher than her, she did run after run without the slightest mistake and clearly won both, competition and title!

At the men’s, long time leader of this year’s rankings and winner of the qualification, Swiss Scott rider Gilles Jaquet dropped out already in the first round, so he unfortunately was out of the title race soon and the decision was made between Jaquet’s teammate Ueli Kestenholz and leading Austrian Siegfrid Grabner (Burton). Kestenholz, had to compete against (Swiss Racing-) Team colleague Phillip Schoch (SUI/F2) already in the quarterfinals due to their ranks of the qualification: And Kestenholz won, won against Michi Dabringer then in the semi finals and so was in the finals.

On the other side of the ladder, Siegfried Grabner fought his way into the podium, but in the semi-finals, he was defeated by strong Swiss rider Urs Eiselin (Nidecker), and so the decision was on the edge again: In case Kestenholz comes second, a third place in the small finals for Grabner would have been enough to win the World Championship title. But Kestenholz proved his strength and by winning the finals also and is now World Champion in Alpine. “It was a perfect race for me, even better! It’s my Girlfriend’s birthday and I dedicate today’s victory to her”, Kestenholz stated.

Results Duel Women
1 BRUHIN Ursula SUI F2
2 HOFFMANN Babsi AUT HOT
3 HIMMLER Katharina GER VOELKL
4 SEDOVA Jana SVK BURTON
5 NEURURER Heidi AUT BURTON
6 KRINGS Doris AUT VOELKL
7 MEISSER Milena SUI F2
8 DAL BALCON Isabella ITA F2
9 MEULI Daniela SUI HOT
10 DUJMOVITS Gloria AUT RAUCH
11 LIVERS Nadia SUI F2
12 AUER Carmen AUT BURTON
13 ZUPAN Polona SLO
14 SALAVCOVA Karolina CZE BURTON
15 JAUFENTHALER Heidi AUT BURTON
16 PLANCHEREL Cecile SUI RED BULL
17 KOECK Brigitte AUT O’NEILL
18 ELZENBAUMER Bianca ITA BURTON
19 UESHIMA Shinobu JPN SIMS
20 PESKO Manuela SUI BURTON
21 MIYOSHI Kazumi JPN NIDECKER
22 MACHIDA Yoshiko JPN BURTON
23 TANAKA Akira JPN JCOGASAKA
24 BUEHLER Perrine SUI BURTON
25 TAKAHASHI Masako JPN BC-STREAM
26 NAKAMURA Hiroko JPN ROSSIGNOL
27 MIWA Taki JPN GRAY ESP
28 YAMADA Chiho JPN MOSS

Results Duel Men
1 KESTENHOLZ Ueli SUI SCOTT
2 EISELIN Urs SUI NIDECKER
3 GRABNER Siegfried AUT BURTON
4 DABRINGER Michi AUT BURTON
5 ZANGERL Karl-Heinz AUT OXBOW
6 GRUETTER Andre SUI BURTON
7 SCHOCH Philipp SUI F2
8 KAITALA Janne FIN BURTON
9 JAQUET Gilles SUI SCOTT
10 BOECK Stefan AUT HH
11 MAEKAWA Jun JPN HOT
12 RING Gerry AUT ZIENER
13 SCHOCH Simon SUI F2
14 SALVATI Simone ITA BURTON
15 KNABL Stefan AUT
16 HANSELMANN Christian SUI MAMMUT
17 FAWCETT Mark CAN HARDCORPS
18 ISBRANDT Guenter ITA WILD DUCK
19 FLANDER Rok SLO GOLTLES
20 CHRISTOFFEL Marcel SUI VOELKL
21 HILFIKER Marcel SUI F2
22 TENGG Christoph AUT VOLKLSUKO
23 GEILER Manuel AUT F2
24 WALCHER Joerg AUT CLEAN
25 CARIGIET Eric SUI F2
26 SETTELE Christian GER VOELKL
27 DEUBL Alexander GER F2
28 NOGUERE Sebastien FRA F2
29 BUEHLER Cyrill SUI BURTON
30 DAN Yuji JPN NITRO ESP
31 STRIGL Mathias AUT HOT
32 MUKAIGAWA Koreyoshi JPN BC-STREAM
33 SCHMITT Ingolf GER GENERICS
34 SUGIMOTO Koji JPN BURTON
35 OBERMOSER Gerald AUT HOT
36 PROULX Sylvain CAN CHIEMSEE
37 CAVEGN Simon SUI NIDECKER
38 EISELIN Andreas SUI EISSPORT
39 SCHNIDRIG Louis SUI VOELKL
40 UHLMANN Manuel SUI F2REDBULL
41 SPOERLI Martin NZE OXYGEN
42 KALTENBACH Sisley SUI SCOTT
43 BATES Michael GBR SCOTT
44 KAWATA Noriaki JPN GRAY
45 BUEHLER Ruedi SUI BURTON
46 SUZUKI Hiroshi JPN BURTON
47 ‘*PRIELMAIER Andreas GER F2

Motorola ISF World Championships 1999/2000 – Alpine Women:
1 BRUHIN Urlula SUI F2
2 SEDOVA Jana SVK Burton
3 JAUFENTHALER Heidi AUT Burton

Motorola ISF World Championships 1999/2000 – Alpine Men:
1 KESTENHOLZ Ueli SUI Scott
2 GRABNER Siegfried AUT Burton
3 JAQUET Gilles SUI Scott

Tomorrow the Night-finals in Halfpipe for the Motorola ISF World Pro Tour are scheduled, stay tuned!

Cybercasting AND live streaming of the finals can be found under http://www.snowboarddavos.ch

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Smart Wins $10,000 Pro/Am Triple Air at Mt. High

Wrightwood, CA — March 26, 2000 — For the second year, riders from across the nation and the world traveled to Wrightwood for the Chevy/Active $10,000 Pro/Am Triple Air. It was local boy, Shane Smart, however, who stole the show with his double front flips and Cab 900‚s. “I knew it felt good but I had no idea I won until the end,” stated Smart. “I thought the guy from Tahoe (Jason Bilek) had a great run*super smooth.” While Bilek did end up in the money with his 3rd place finish, Shane walked with $2,000 and half of the $500 bonus for best trick. The other half went to Cory Griffin, alias Korn Beef, for his double back flips at the finish. Event producers were extremely happy with the strong turnout and high level of the riders but the mountain‚s soft, spring snow played with even the best of them. Lucky for Matt Hammer, the Joyride team member out of Mammoth, that his preliminary run was big enough to take 2nd because a casual slash in his second session sketched and he had to roll through the initial jump.

Next to Korn Beef, Hammer became one of the most colorful participants of the day and even spent some time on the microphone announcing other riders. At the Triple Air, the combination of blue bird skies, incredible live music and insane riding was electrifying and a great time was had by both competitors and spectators. “This was the best event I’ve been to all year,” Shane was overheard saying. “I like the Triple Air theory because you have to use your head. It’s not just huck and hope you land.”

Smart, who rides for Lib Tech, Quicksilver and Dragon, also competed in this season’s Gravity Games and Swatch BoarderCross World Tour. When asked what he planned to do with the winnings, he replied “Spend the summer surfing in Costa Rica.”

Not a bad life, I’d say. Throw in the Swedish Bikini Team and you’re about done.

PRO SNOWBOARDER RESULTS
1) Shane Smart
2) Matt Hammer
3) Jason Bilek
4) Korn-Beef
5) Josh Cortez
6) Steven Simmons
7) Roger Yu
8) Tyler Lepore
9) Lucky Lopez
10) Aaron Black
11) Chris Bradshaw
12) Daniel Trigo
13) Jason Wardal
14) Cory Cronk
15) Steve Cook
16) Hana Beaman
17) Graham Fitzpatrick
18) Katsuaki Shimono
19) Ryan Pearson
20) Joey Aaron
21) Matt LeBel
22) Ryan Sage
23) Ryan Baca
24) Billy Anderson
25) Danny Williams
26) Carson Grier
27) Tim Alexander
28) Joshua Bean
29) Ryan Henry
30) Mike Heit
31) Joseph Tiffany
32) Sacha Berwin
33) Keith Pfahler
34) Eric Lively
35) Saul Canizales
36) Derek Rue
37) Jeff Steinhurst
38) Abe Burciaga
39) Gregory Newman
40) Randy Macy
41) Mike Callahan
42) Bob Shoemaker
43) Jared Leeper
44) Steve Vizmeg
45) Ryan Taylor
46) Sean Apgar
47) Jeremiah Kent
48) John Zuber

AMATEUR SNOWBOARDER RESULTS

1) Matt Casper
2) Jeromey Hernandez
3) Scott Mathis
4) Kyle Lopiccolo
5) Mike Tobia
6) Adrian Anderson
7) Nima Jalali
8) Byron Stickler
9) Brian Dufort
10) Spencer Link
11) Joe Zorrilla
12) Jeff Heit
13) Matt Hoag
14) Luke Hurley
15) Lance Hakker
16) Justin Reyes
17) Daryl Rummens
18) Kristi Sanders
19) David Cabrido
20) Mike Hakker
21) Shane Reide
22) Brett Andrew
23) Sean Gmeiner
24) Blake Shelton
25) Matt Colburn
26) Jaime Donnelly
27) Tyler Lopiccolo
28) Mike Wurzel
29) Rich Vega
30) Ryan Zirkle
31) Derek Dishman
32) Kim Shin
33) Rebecca Livingston
34) Matt Mayer
35) Johnny Han

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Quik To Acquire Global Trademark

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–May 11, 2000– Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK) today announced that the Company has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Quiksilver International Pty Ltd, the Australian owner of the worldwide trademark rights to the Quiksilver brand name.

Under the terms of the proposed transaction, Quiksilver, Inc. will acquire the shares of Quiksilver International Pty Ltd within approximately 60 days. The purchase price will be in three approximately equal installments, the first of which will total about $22,000,000 to be paid upon closing. The second and third installments will be paid in 2002 and 2005, with final pricing to be determined by an earn-out agreement. The transaction is contingent upon completion of due diligence, the obtaining of satisfactory financing and the execution of a definitive agreement.

Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, “From our inception, the strategic goal was to own the worldwide rights to the Quiksilver trademark. After years of ongoing negotiation, we are pleased to announce this deal with Quiksilver International, which will give our company a true global reach. This milestone transaction represents a major step in our plan to become the premiere lifestyle brand for today’s youth around the world.”

“From a financial standpoint, we expect this acquisition to be only mildly accretive this year, but longer-term, we believe this will become very meaningful to our bottom line,” Mr. McKnight continued. “Strategically, we will now have the opportunity to go into existing and new territories, further leverage our product, brand and marketing, and maximize the opportunities that exist in those markets.”

Quiksilver, Inc. has owned the Quiksilver trademark in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico since 1986. Quiksilver International Pty Ltd has granted a total of 17 license/distribution agreements including those for Quiksilver Inc.’s current export businesses in Canada, Central and South America and for its European subsidiary, Na Pali. Other significant agreements are with licensees in Australia, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Indonesia, Korea and Turkey (Eastern Europe), several of which have been Quiksilver licensees for over 20 years.

Alan Green, Quiksilver founder and majority shareholder of Quiksilver International Pty Ltd, stated, “It’s the right time to bring Quiksilver under one common management. When we started Quiksilver nearly 30 years ago, we hardly dreamed it would develop into the lifestyle brand that it has become today. And now, we have combined to create a global powerhouse and take the next step in the evolution of Quiksilver.”

Mr. McKnight concluded, “The power of the Quiksilver brand has truly become global, and we are excited about the prospects for bringing its stewardship under one operating entity. We believe the growth opportunity this deal presents us is unmatched in the history of the Company and we look forward to capitalizing on the many new opportunities that lie ahead.”

Quiksilver designs, produces and distributes clothing, accessories and related products for active-minded people and develops brands that represent a casual lifestyle – driven from a boardriding heritage. Quiksilver’s authenticity is evident in its innovative products, events and retail environments across the globe.

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capitol boardroom.com Gears up for Summer

capitolboardroom.com’s Plans for Summer

The online snowboard, skateboard, and music site known as capitolboardroom.com changes its business focus about once a month. It has changed its look three times in the past four months whereas companies only change their designs once a year.

After changing its look and focus recently, capitolboardroom.com has discovered one thing: the site is going back to its roots and will focus mainly on the DC/MD/VA scene before doing anything else. The shop site is getting involved with the local hardcore scene, with bands such as SEV, SPiNE, and Margret Heater. capitolboardroom.com is a co-sponsor for Margret Heater’s CD Release party on June 24, and plans are in the works to get involved with a 25 band Festival in late August.

There are plans to have free open skates in Maryland, DC, and Virginia every weekend or twice a month to give skaters a place to skate without paying money. The key is to give a place for kids to go and hang out, and not worry what everyone else is thinking. And for the last open skate, there will be bands there to help say goodbye to the summer, and hello to the winter.

Also, capitolboardroom.com is dropping its team format, to encourage more riders out on the mountain to ride with the CBR crew, core supporter of old and new. Somewhere along the lines, the fun was lost. The original Capitol Board Room didn’t have a team, because all of the riders associated with the shop represented the shop, therefore not needing a team.

capitolboardroom.com is still proud to announce its affliation with Snowshoe Mountain (the biggest resort in the Mid Atlantic). The shop is helping promote Snowshoe’s Memorial Day Weekend Big Air Contest, which will have a 70’s theme to it.

So when it comes down it, capitolboardroom.com has found its niche again. It is easy to get lost in the world of trying to get people to come to the site to buy stuff, pay for sponsored riders to promote the site, or just bombard the internet with ads. capitolboardroom.com supporters have always been core supporters. We are not even worried about the competitors anymore, because we are so confident in what we do, and what we are trying to provide, that competing with other sites isn’t important to us anymore.

If there are any companies that would like to help sponsor the open skates (equipment, refreshments), please contact dave@capitolboardroom.com.

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Infogrames and Transworld To Launch Video Games

Infogrames and Transworld To Launch Video Games LOS ANGELES–Infogrames, Inc. (Infogrames), a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software, announced that it has signed an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement with the leading alternative sports magazine publisher, TransWorld Media (TransWorld), a division of Times Mirror Magazines. Infogrames will develop and publish a series of TransWorld-branded alternative sports games over the next several years.

“Alternative sports, such as skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding, are more than the hobbies of choice for today’s teens, they are part of an entire lifestyle,” said Steve Allison, senior director of licensing at Infogrames. “TransWorld is a strategic partner that will help Infogrames develop relevant content and market it expertly to our target audience.”

Infogrames will develop a TransWorld line of console-based video games over the next several years that reflect the interests and culture of TransWorld magazines’ readers. The games will be based on alternative lifestyle sports that have gained increasing popularity worldwide. Sports such as snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, motocross and BMX are possibilities for Infogrames’ new TransWorld line. Infogrames is currently developing TransWorld titles due out in 2001.

TransWorld is a major cultural force with 15 consumer and trade magazines, six web sites and TransWorld alternative sports events. Under the agreement, Infogrames will be able to take advantage of TransWorld’s vast wealth of knowledge of the 12 to 24 year-old male teen market. Infogrames can leverage TransWorld’s market research, contacts and expertise in order to develop content that accurately reflects the alternative sports culture.

The TransWorld partnership is a key step forward in Infogrames’ strategy to become the leader of alternative sports-based interactive entertainment. Interest in alternative sports has grown dramatically in recent years because of their individualistic nature. Pulling off tricks on a skateboard or a surfboard is a sharp departure from traditional sports’ focus on direct competition and outscoring an opponent. Young people worldwide have embraced this type of recreation and Infogrames will extend this style of expression into interactive entertainment with the TransWorld franchise.

TransWorld Media

TransWorld Media, a division of Times Mirror Magazines, is the leading publisher of young men’s special interest publications reaching more than three million Generation Y males through its titles. In just two years TransWorld Media will have launched three magazines including TransWorld Motocross, TransWorld SURF and TransWorld STANCE, the first generation Y male service magazine. TransWorld Media is a content provider to EXPN, the ESPN extreme sports website, and provides home video and content for segments on ESPN’s “X Today” television program. TransWorld titles include: Snowboard Life (established in 1995), TransWorld Motocross (established in 2000); TransWorld SKATEboarding (established in 1983); TransWorld SNOWboarding (established in 1987); TransWorld STANCE (established in 2000); TransWorld SURF (established in 1999); Freeze (established in 1996); Ride BMX (established in1992) and SNAP BMX (established in 1994).

About Infogrames

Infogrames Entertainment, S.A. (Paris Bourse: SICOVAM 5257) is a worldwide leader in the interactive entertainment software industry. Headquartered in France, the company develops and publishes award-winning computer and video games for the PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation 2 game console, Nintendo(R) 64, Nintendo(R) Game Boy(R) Color, Sega(R) Dreamcast(tm), and personal computer platforms. Founded in 1983 by chairman and CEO Bruno Bonnell, Infogrames’ 17-year history has produced many award-winning franchises, such as Test Drive(R), V-Rally(tm), Driver, Independence War(tm), Unreal, HardBall(R), Oddworld, and Alone In The Dark(tm). The company is also known for its long list of well-known licenses including Warner Bros. Looney Tunes(tm), Mission: Impossible(tm), Le Mans 24 Hours(R), AM General Hummer(R), Harley- Davidson(R), and Dodge(R) Viper.

Based in New York, Infogrames, Inc. is a majority owned subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment and serves as the headquarters for the company’s operations in North America. For more information, visit Infogrames’ web site at www.us.infogrames.com.

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OR To Hold Open Air Demo

Expanded on-water demo event moves to larger venue, adds campsite previews and demonstrations to TAPS co-hosted event

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF. (MAY 17, 2000) — The best place to do business in the outdoor industry just got better, as the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show has expanded their one-day on-water paddling demo to include camping and backpacking.

The Outdoor Retailer Open-Air Demo, a full day preview of outdoor goods in an outdoor setting, is scheduled for Thursday, August 10, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event is co-hosted by the Trade Association of Paddlesports, and will take place in a scenic valley of the Wasatch mountain range, on the shore and water of Little Dell Lake, 30 minutes east of Salt Lake City.

“Most of our attendees and exhibitors are true outdoor enthusiasts. Their idea of a good time is to go out there and test the product where it is used by their customers. They asked us to create a summer event similar to Winter Market’s On-Snow Demo. At the same time, the paddlesports industry asked us to help them and TAPS find a better location for the paddle demo, which had traditionally been at Liberty Park,” said Dieter Tremp, Outdoor Retailer Show Director.

“We are confident we’ve found a great answer creating this Open Air Demo. This will be a great expansion of the show for all Summer Market attendees.”

After an exhaustive search entailing many different site inspections and negotiations, Tremp said that he and the staff were happy to have secured such a great location.

Tremp added that the format of the event will intentionally be left relaxed and flexible.

“This way, the Open Air Demo can best evolve into a useful and fun event for the Outdoor Industry,” said Tremp.

Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Beth Gordon at 949-376-6262 or bgordon@mfi.com.

The first ever Outdoor Retailer Open Air Demo is free to all registered Summer Market attendees. Little Dell Lake is less than 30 minutes from Salt Lake City, on the way to Park City. Transportation to and from the demo and Salt Palace Convention Center will be provided.

The Outdoor Retailer Winter and Summer Market shows are the world’s largest outdoor industry trade shows. Outdoor Retailer Magazine, published since 1980, is the leading publication for the outdoor marketplace.

Outdoor Retailer is a division of Miller Freeman, Inc., located at 310 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, (949) 376-8155.

Information regarding the shows as well as Outdoor Retailer magazine is available on the Internet at www.outdoorretailer.com.

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Sims Adds Team, Pro Models

Sims Snowboards has added a new team rider and will be releasing several new pro models for early fall release.

The company recently added Jason Murphy to its team, says Sims VP of Marketing Travis Wood. Murphy was on a religious mission for the last two years and has now returned to snowboarding. He’s been filming with Whitey to have a part in the new Destroyer video due out in the fall. He has also been sponsored by DC, Dragon, and Foursquare Clothing.

In related news, Sims will be releasing new pro models including Marc Frank Montoya, Kurt Wastell, and Brian Thien boards in the fall. All will be sized in the 150-160 range. “These are a preview of where Sims is going,” says Wood.

Sims has started to move into its new Southern California offices, and will be adding more staff in the near future.

The brand is also sponsoring both Whity’s and Mack Dawg’s films that will come out this fall and the team will be making a late summer/early fall shop tour to aid and support sales.

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Times Mirror Magazines Acquires Warren Miller

NEW YORK–May 15, 2000–Times Mirror Magazines has acquired the ski and winter sports films and videos production division of Warren Miller Entertainment, it was announced today by Jason E. Klein, President of Times Mirror Magazines and Andy Clurman, President and Publisher of Times Mirror Magazines’ Skiing Company in conjunction with Kurt Miller, President, Warren Miller Films.

“The Warren Miller Entertainment film properties are a significant addition to Times Mirror Magazines’ multimedia capabilities,” said Klein. “By acquiring one of the world’s largest skiing and snowboarding film libraries, we have a deeper base of content for television and broadband delivery. We also gain a world class event series.”

The Warren Miller Entertainment properties will be managed by Times Mirror Magazines’ The Skiing Company and will complement Ski Magazine, Skiing, Skinet.com, and other properties.

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TransWorld’s 11th Industry Conference Dates Set

Mark your calendars for an event not to be missed!

TransWorld Media’s 11th Annual Snowboarding Industry Conference & Powder Quest December 13-17,2000 Banff Springs Hotel Banff, Alberta Canada

For information contact TransWorld Media ph# 760-722-7777 fax# 760-722-0653 Louise Balma x 131 or e-mail louise@twsnet.com Laurie Bergthold x 117 or e-mail laurie@twsnet.com