Former amateur surf coach Chuck Allen incorporated the United States Amateur Snowboarding Association (USASA) in July, 1988 with a $500 donation from Transworld SNOWboarding Magazine. USASA is the first governing body exclusively for competitive grassroots snowboarding. The organizers believed that by forming a national association for snowboard competitors, rules of competition could be standardized, an annual national championship event could be established, and the recreation and fun of this rapidly growing sport could be preserved and flourish.
The USASA National Championships have been held at Snow Valley, CA (1990), Mt. Hood, OR (1991), Stratton, VT (1992), Vail, CO (1993), Sierra at Tahoe, CA (1994), Giants Ridge, MN (1995), Mt. Snow, VT (1996), Bear Mountain & Snow Summit, CA (1997), Telluride Colorado (1998 & 1999), Waterville Valley, NH (2000), Mammoth Mountain, CA (2001 & 2002), Sunday River, Maine (2003), Angelfire, NM (2004), Copper Mountain, CO (2005), Northstar at Tahoe, CA (2006 & 2007), Copper Mountain, CO (2008) and the USASA National Championships will stay at Copper Mountain, CO. through 2012. 20110 will be the 22nd Annual USASA National Championships!
Thousands of athletes converged at Copper Mountain to compete in the USASA National Snowbording Championships. Through the week-long event, Maine riders would find themselves on three boardercross podiums.
On day one, Nick Theriault from Stratton finished second in the breaker boys category (ages 12-13). On day four, it was Carrabassett Valley’s Rollie Zagnolie earning a third place medal in the youth men category (ages 14-15). And on the final day of competition, Emily Eames, also from Carrabassett Valley would stand upon her fifth Nationals podium with a third place finish in the open woman’s division which included several World Cup competitors.
All three of these Sugarloaf area natives have been training hard all season in the Carrabassett Valley Academy and SCVA programs to compete at this high level. “The positive vibe surrounding our whole team this year made this year’s nationals so much fun.” said CVA Junior Emily Eames, “Stepping into the open class with World Cup girls was scary, but watching Nick and Rollie earlier in the week helped me understand critical parts of the course and gave me confidence going into my races.”
Photo: Emily James (left)/CVA