Indoor Adventure Snowboarders find a new audience in cyberspace

March 17, 2003

Katie Casey is a fanatical snowboarder who stopped competing in
boardercross races because she suffered intense jitters at the
start line. Then she heard about sickclips.com, a sort of
cyber--American Idol to which snowboarders submit home-shot
footage of their best tricks. "It eliminates the stress of
competitions," says Casey, a 30-year-old from North Yarmouth,
Maine.

Hidden away on remote halfpipes all over North America,
sickclips.com cofounder Rory Strunk believes, are talented Ross
Powerses--in-waiting who either don't have access to competitions
or, like Casey, just don't like them. Strunk's alternative: For
$25 riders can submit their sickest clips, which are voted on by
visitors to the site. Come Aug. 15 the top 25 vote-getters in
four disciplines advance to the finals, in which a panel of
snowboarding experts determines the winners of the four $2,500
first prizes. The site has its rough patches, but many of the
tricks are pro-quality. More important, says Casey, showcasing
her talents to a broad audience is no longer a pipe dream: "It
brings people like me out of the woodwork."

COLOR PHOTO: WWW.SICKCLIPS.COM

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