HISTORY of the USASA
In 1988, former amateur surf coach, Chuck Allen, incorporates the United States Amateur Snowboarding Association (USASA) in July, with a $500 donation from Transworld SNOWboarding Magazine. USASA is the first governing body exclusively for competitive grassroots snowboarding. The organizers believed that by forming a national association for snowboard competitors, rules of competition could be standardized, an annual national championship event could be established, and the recreation and fun of this rapidly growing sport could be preserved and flourish.
In 1990, the USASA held their premiere national championships in February, at Snow Valley, California. The worst snow storm of the decade hit just before the event and closed all the roads to Big Bear. Amateur snowboarders from all over the country were left stranded. A rescue caravan of locals, led by USASA founder, Chuck Allen, snuck the competitors past the police barricades and got them to the contest on time.
Since the inception of the USASA, each year has seen an increase in the number of competitors and regions participating within the USASA. Top riders from each series qualify to compete in the Annual National Championships. In addition to the halfpipe, slalom, and giant slalom disciplines, the USASA introduced slopestyle as a sanctioned discipline in the 1993-94 season.
The efforts of the USASA and its regions have enabled men and women, and boys and girls of all ages to participate in its organized events. Rules have been established for the five major disciplines, yet they continue to evolve.
The USASA adopted the triangular gate panel, which was first introduced in Europe, for race events. Regional Series hold other events of interest to the riders including Banked Slalom, Boardercross, Skiercross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Rail Jam.
Members are the competitors participating in a regional series. They come from 40 states, and 32 regional series are established from Coast to Coast.
The goal of USASA events is to promote the sports of snowboarding and freeskiing, be fun for competitors of all abilities, foster development of athletic skills, and serve as qualifiers for national and international competition.
The USASA National Championships have been held at Snow Valley, CA (1990), Mt. Hood, OR (1991), Stratton, VT (1992), Vail, CO (1993), Sierra at Tahoe, CA (1994), Giants Ridge, MN (1995), Mt. Snow, VT (1996), Bear Mountain & Snow Summit, CA (1997), Telluride Colorado (1998 & 1999), Waterville Valley, NH (2000), Mammoth Mountain, CA (2001 & 2002), Sunday River, Maine (2003), Angelfire, NM (2004), Copper Mountain, CO (2005), Northstar at Tahoe, CA (2006 & 2007), Copper Mountain, CO (2008) and the USASA National Championships will stay at Copper Mountain, CO. through 2020. 2019 was the 30th Annual USASA National Championships!
The USASA is proud to represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarders and freeskiers in the United States. Our goal is to promote fair, fun events, while fostering a competitive spirit.