Industry News 7/20/2006

H2O Winter Classic set for 2007 Surf and Snow Competition

H2O Winter Classic set for 2007 Surf and Snow Competition

Weekend of February 10 and 11 to Determine Overall Champion

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., July 20 -- H2O Winter Classic founder and President of Propaganda Headquarters, Inc., Vipe Desai, today announced that the much anticipated surf and snow competition is back on and set for February 2007. The hiatus of the H2O Winter Classic has allowed for the event to be recalibrated to its original format where a friendly competition drew the best surfers and snowboarders to put their respective skills to the test in water and on land.

From its grassroots origins in 1992 as a gathering of friends and local kids, the H2O Winter Classic grew into a weekend blowout recognized by fans and industry alike as a trailblazer among the explosion of action sports events. It was among the first to recognize the importance of music as an essential component of these sports and the lifestyle that accompanies them. In addition, pro surfers and snowboarders from all over the map ride alongside amateurs and industry competitors, creating an aura of camaraderie and competition unseen elsewhere.

Past athletes have included boardriders Terje Haakonsen, Dave Downing, Jamie Lynn, CJ Hobgood, Christian Fletcher, Shane Beschen, Keith Malloy and Gabe Taylor along with 3-time Overall Champion Boardrider Troy Eckert. The new event structure will see 12 invited pro surfers and 12 invited pro snowboarders compete for bragging rights and prize money. 24 amateurs and 12 invited industry movers and shakers will also battle it out in their own divisions. Music has also been a big part of the H2O and will continue to be in 2007. Past performers include Blink 182, Pennywise, Face to Face, Unwritten Law, Jimmy Eat World and Kottonmouth Kings.

“I’ve been producing events for over 15 years and the H2O Winter Classic has always been my favorite event to work on”, said Desai. “The athletes that participate bring a positive vibe that really makes it an all around unique event. For the last three years everywhere I go someone tells me “bring back the H2O”. After much encouragement from athletes and industry associates, I’m proud to say “its on!”

The first day of the event will take place on the south side of the world famous Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, CA. The following day, boardriders will trek up to Mountain High Resort where a combo slope-style-jib-fest will be the final determining factor as to who the overall Pro, Amateur and Industry Boardriders are.

Surfing. Snowboarding. A healthy dose of rock and roll. Hordes of boardriders celebrating their culture at the beach and on the mountain. The H2O Winter Classic is all of these. And then some. Log onto www.h2owinterclassic.comfor schedule and info.