QUIKSILVER CHROMATOPHOBIA Snowboard contest– Super Pipe La Plagne (France) – 3rd April 2009

Quiksilver is creating a brand new winter meeting that will bring together the world's very best freestyle snowboarders in France, on Friday 3 April 2009. The last Super Pipe competition to be held in France before the Winter Olympics in 2010, the Quiksilver Chromatophobia aims to establish itself as one of Europe's major snowboard meetings.

After historic events like the Quik Cup and the Slopestyle Pro, Quiksilver has opted for La Plagne, the European mecca of freestyle, which will this year be hosting the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Final from March 18th to 21st, and Urban Plagne (www.urbanplagne.com), from April 1st to 3rd, sponsored by Quiksilver and preceding Chromatophobia. An Olympic-standard Pipe A SUPER-PIPE of awe-inspiring proportions – 150m long, 18m wide and 5.5m high – will be built at La Plagne to host the 16 international pro snowboarders invited, as well as the four leaders of the on-line game "King Of Snow", sponsored by Quiksilver. This immense structure will require some 15,000 m3 of snow, and has been designed to Olympic standards.

The Pro Riders Mathieu Crepel, Captain of the French Snowboarding Team, bronze medallist in the Half Pipe at the 2009 World Championships, double World Champion in the Half Pipe and Big Air in 2007, first ever winner of the TTR professional world tour in 2006 and winner of the FIS World Cup in 2005, will be one of the guests of honour at this inaugural event. The entire French Snowboarding Team will also be taking part in the competition. It's a simply unmissable opportunity for the French team to compete in a Super Pipe with dimensions identical to the one at Cypress Mountain in Canada, which will be playing host to the Olympic Snowboard events in early 2010. Alongside Mathieu Crepel, Gary Zebrowski and Olivier Gittler and others will also be there in la Plagne. Among the international stars in attendance will be Finland's Markku Koski, recently crowned Big Air World Champion 2009 in Korea, and the versatile Norwegian Freddy Austbo, winner of the Nanshan Open in Beijing, China.

The Format Fun and original, the contest format, inspired by the Mathieu Crepel Invitational 2008 event, invites each contender to select his favourite moves, which will then all go into a single pot together. The chosen tricks will then be drawn at random by the judges and the contenders will have to incorporate them into their runs, with additional moves of their choice.

The event at La Plagne will also be hosting the final of King Of Snow, the first amateur snowboard competition on the web, sponsored by Quiksilver. How it works: from December 2008 to March 2009, every fortnight, a pro-snowboarder performs a reference move that participants in the game, registered on www.urbanplagne.com, must then reproduce before posting videos of their exploits on the website. Over the weeks, the amateurs are judged by the website visitors and ranked. After missing four events, a candidate is eliminated. After six events, the top four snowboarders in the rankings will be invited to the Quiksilver Chromatophobia to take part in the final, the last stage of the game which will see the overall champion named: the "King of Snow".

PROGRAM : Friday April 3rd Morning : Trainings 1pm : Quiksilver Chromatophobia 7pm : That’s It That’s All movie premiere 8pm : Urban Plagne prize giving ceremony 9pm : Quiksilver Chromatophobia prize giving ceremony