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Third annual Ultimate Boarder Championship coming to Northstar-at-Tahoe

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Sun File PhotoAndy Finch of Truckee competes in the first Ultimate Boarder at Squaw Valley USA in spring 2008. The third annual event will swing through Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort on March 13-14.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The third annual Ultimate Boarder Championship will swing through Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort as the first of its three stops on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14.Touted as andamp;#8220;the triathlon of a new generationandamp;#8221; by organizers, the Ultimate Boarder is a one-week competition to find the athlete who can conquer the art of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. Tahoe-area athletes have competed in past events, including Truckee snowboarder and Olympian Andy Finch.After the snowboarding leg at Northstar, the competition moves to San Diego County for the surf leg from March 16 through 19, before wrapping up with the skate contest at Del Mar Fairgrounds, also in San Diego County.andamp;#8220;A growing increase in action sports popularity has been phenomenal at both the participant and fan levels,andamp;#8221; said Tim Hoover, Founder andamp; CEO of Ultimate Boarder. andamp;#8220;We are proud that Ultimate Boarder continues to grow year-over-year, which has inspired our move to locations that opens the event up to a broader audience.andamp;#8221;The Ultimate Boarder Championship includes individual and team competition, and new for 2010 will be the addition of a new category with an Under-16 youth solo division. The competition will again be produced into a one-hour television show that will air in Fall 2010 on Versus Network.

Todd Richards, X-Games Gold medalist and 1994 U.S. Open Champ;Chad Shelter, 2009 Ultimate Boarder Champion;Aaron Astorga, 2008 Ultimate Boarder Champion;Andy MacDonald, career leader in X-Games skate medals;Tom Curren, three-time world surfing champion;Christian Hosoi, Transworld Legend Award Winner;Omar Hassan, X-Games standout and 2009 Ultimate Boarder Bronze Medalist;Nathan Fletcher, 2009 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award Nominee;Christian Fletcher, andamp;#8220;Godfatherandamp;#8221; of aerial surfing;Lyn-z Adams Hawkins, nine-time X-Games medalist including Gold in 2009 Vert competition;Bjorn Leines, Olympic Snowboarder; andKristian Philipp, 2009 Ultimate Boarder Runner-up.