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The Block Party 2006

The Block 2006 rider invitations have gone out for the VIP Snowboarders selected to compete at The Block Party 2006. The event will be held December 8,9,& 10 in S. Lake Tahoe, CA. The rail contest is being hosted by Sierra at Tahoe, the premiere resort for snowboarders in S. Lake Tahoe.

“MFM has delivered once again; an incredible list of riders,” says Liko Smith, Managing Owner of The Block Hotels… “Now the only question is which 20 riders are going to be the ones that respond the quickest.” All riders at The Block party are going to be treated like kings. “From the minute they arrive at the hotel, until they finally manage to stumble back to their cars, planes or buses…this is going to set a new standard as it does each year,” Smith finishes. All proceeds from The Block Party are used for the event and the remainder is paid to contest winners.

The Block Party ’06 Invited Riders:

  • 1. MFM
  • 2. Joey Sexton
  • 3. Louie Vito
  • 4. Sammy Luebke
  • 5. Scotty Arnold
  • 6. Jed Anderson
  • 7. Chad Otterstrom
  • 8. Lucas Magoon
  • 9. TJ Schneider
  • 10. Eddie Wall
  • 11. Mike Burton
  • 12. John Jackson
  • 13. Eric Jackson
  • 14. Cory Cronk
  • 15. Aaron Bittner
  • 16. Justin Bennee
  • 17. Travis Parker
  • 18. Simon Chamberlain
  • 19. Mike Cassanova
  • 20. Mikey LeBlanc
  • 21. Darryl Mathis
  • 22. Bode Merril
  • 23. Eric Christenson
  • 24. Ricky Tucker
  • 25. Zack Leach
  • 26. Casey Neefus
  • 27. Seth Huot
  • 28. Zack Halejake Divine
  • 29. Jimmy Tomer
  • 30. Travis Rice

The Block Hotels are accalimed as the World’s First Snowboarder Hotels, created by Professional Snowboarder Marc Frank Montoya and Las Vegas Hotelier Liko S. Smith.

The hotels feature inventive rooms including Signature Suites by companies such as DVS Shoe Co, Jones Soda Co, Zoo York, SPY Optic, Napster, Nikita clothing, Bear Mountain Resort, Boost Mobile, Vestal Watches and others. There is also a Liberty Lounge by Liberty Board Shop of Southern California in Big Bear and the NJB Lounge in Lake Tahoe by NJB Clothing. Poker rooms exist at both hotels created by Delta 9 and Season Five clothing companies respectively.

All guests receive free energy drinks, energy bars, popcorn, DVD movies, and PS2 games, as well as free wi-fi access and board waxing in a personal waxing room created by Bluebird Wax. All rooms come equipped with PS2 game consoles, boot/glove dryers, cordless phones and ipod compatible mini boom boxes and 56″ Widescreen HD Televisions (Big Bear), as well as original wall art photography by Burton Principal Photographer Dean “Blotto” Gray, Technine Photographer Ethan Fortier, and Snowboard Industry Photographer Andy Wright.

More information can be obtained at

Investors include Professional Snowboarders Travis Parker, Mikey LeBlanc, Joni Malmi, Jussi Oksanen, JJ Thomas, Kurt Wastell, Chris Coulter, and Devun Walsh and professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, as well as other industry veterans such as Dean “Blotto’ Gray, Ethan Fortier, Travis Wood, Stan Yu, Carter Katz, Brock Heckman, Scott Heckman, Doug Harley and Andy Wright.

Smith and Montoya plan to open 20 locations within the next 5 to 7 years.


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