Montreal, Quebec, March 26, 2004 -- The 2004 Orage MASTERS is quickly approaching

and set to break the traditional mold of competition formats yet again. The six

Team Captains have been chosen and they have used the Farmer's Almanac, Magic

8 balls, and dialed Miss Cleo to predict which athletes they need to battle it

out to victory. The winning Team at this years Masters will play an intense game

of "rock-paper-scissors" to determine who gets first pick of the 4 dream

prizes; a Yamaha RX-1 snowmobile, 44" Plasma Flat Screen TV, PowerBook G4,

and an all expense paid trip to Witches Rock Surf Camp in Costa Rica. The Team

Captains have spoken and the athletes have been picked…


Athlete Selection: Athletes were selected by: Boyd Easley, Philou Poirier,

Tanner Hall, JP Auclair, Iannick B., and Phil Belanger. Selection process conducted

by Matt Levinthal of AXIS Magazine.


Team #1

Boyd Easley - Captain

Jon Olson

Steele Spence

Simon Dumont

Henrik Windstedt - Alt.

Team #2

Philou Poirier - Captain

Vinnie Dorion

Dave Crichton

Rory Bushfield

JF Cusson - Alternate

Team #3

Tanner Hall -Captain

CR Johnson

Peter Olenick

Matt Farris

Alt. TBD

Team #4

Phil Belanger - Captain

Phil Larose

Thomas Rinfret

Tanner Rainville

Dash Longe - Alt.

Team #5

Iannick B - Captain

Mark Abma

TJ Schiller

Josh Bibby

Charles Gagnier - Alt.

Team #6

JP Auclair - Captain

Anthony Boronowski

Julien Regnier

Phil Casabon

Chris Benchetler -Alt


The course layout stays true to the skate park influence that garnered the

Orage Masters it's title as the "Most Creative and Progressive Competition

of the Year" by Axis Magazine. Mammoth Mountain's Unbound Terrain Park

Manager, Oren Tanzer, describes this year's Masters Set-Up, "I'm so excited

about this years course. Once again, along with Orage, we've pushed the standard

of what was formerly known as contests to the next level. Jibs, jibs, and more

jibs, and the must see pit of doom. I can't give out any more info at this time

except for the fact that we have sighted a pink alligator we hope to capture

for it. I'm spent…"


The judging format for the Masters is once again in the hands of the athletes

but this time around every athlete has a say. The first 3 Heats will be head-to-head

12 min. jams while the other 4 Teams look on from their individual scaffolding

"cribs". At the end of each Heat both Teams will stand before each

non-competing Team and will be shown a number from 1-10. The esteemed MC Shawn

Pozer will then add up the scores from the non-competing Teams and 1 Team will

advance and 1 will be eliminated but will continue to judge remainder of the

event. In the event of a "tie" each Team Captain picks 1 of his athletes

to go head to head on the feature "tie-breaker" element for 3 minutes.

The winning athlete advances his Team. After 3 Heats the Orage Masters field

will be cut down to 3 Teams. Each of the remaining Teams will then have the

course to themselves for 10 minutes and will receive a tally of the scores given

from the 5 Teams looking on. The Team that receives the highest total score

after their individual session has just won the 2004 Orage Masters.


Orage Masters Film Off: - For information regarding the Orage Masters Film

Competition please contact Rod Blackhurst via e-mail at

Space is open on a first come, first serve basis and is limited.


Orage Masters After-Party: - To be held at Lakanuki from 10p.m. - 1:30a.m.located

in the Mammoth Village. Location of Masters "Film Off".


Friday - April, 30

10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Registration - Main Lodge

10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

MASTERS Open Practice

3:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.

MASTERS Mandatory Athlete Meeting

Saturday - May, 1

8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Registration - Old Gondola Room

11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

MASTERS Practice/Course Inspection

1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.


10:30p.m. - 1:30a.m.

MASTERS "Film Off" and After-Party


For VIP and Media Event Credentials: for the West Coast Invitational and Orage

MASTERS please Contact Joani Lynch @ 760-934-2571 x3135 or

For WCI and Orage MASTERS Discounted Lodging: Great lift & lodging packages

starting at $59. For reservations call 800-MAMMOTH. Per person, per night based

on eight person occupancy in a two bedroom loft condominium. Certain restrictions


Additional information regarding the West Coast Invitational can be found at: