On April 3rd and 4th, Canada’s Mont Saint-Sauveur will welcome some of the world’s top riders for the 8th annual RIDE Shakedown. New key features this year will include a new women’s category sponsored by Oakley, the launch of a $35,000 purse, Canada’s largest, and the creation of the spectacular, ground-breaking AMP Energy rail. A quick reminder that this year’s competition has been renamed in honour of the event’s new title sponsor, RIDE Snowboards.
The RIDE Shakedown is eagerly awaited by professionals and the up-and-coming riders vying for one of the amateur spots and their chance to tackle the pros. Add to this some 20,000 exhilarated fans cheering on their idols during the two-day competition, and it is easy to understand why the Shakedown is Mont Saint-Sauveur’s top event of the year.
Competing in the new women’s category will be Marie-France Roy (Éboulements, Quebec), a Quebec athlete of the Oakley team considered to be among the world’s leading snowboarders (slopestyle). At 24, she is currently travelling the world, participating in the X Games and scooping up every honour along the way. In 2008, in the United States, this genuine snowboarding icon won the Women’s Rider of the Year, Women’s Video Part of the Year and Women’s Readers’ Choice at the prestigious Annual Transworld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards.
Top-level professional athletes such as Silvia Mittermuller (Germany), Chanelle Sladics (USA) and Hana Beamen (USA) will round out the roster of participants, for performances that are bound to captivate.
On Friday, April 3rd, 2009, riders will compete during the Oakley amateur qualifications. On the women’s side, two of the 20 aspiring amateurs will have the chance to carve out a place for themselves among the pros at the Coors Light Rail Jam.
Since 2002, the Shakedown Original Snowboard Games has been a rider driven event. An innovative event format and laid-back environment has enabled the Shakedown to be ranked in the top 5 snowboard events world wide.
More info on the Shakedown Website at www.shakedown.ca .