CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — The Ultimate Boarder triathlon, a contest for the world’s best board sports athletes, will hold two of its three events in Cardiff from April 4 through April 9. The surfing competition will be at Seaside Reef April 4 through April 7 and the skateboarding events will be staged in the Seaside Reef parking lot April 9. The snowboarding portion will be held at Mammoth Mountain.
Now in its fourth year, the Ultimate Boarder Championship is the only triathlon on the planet that brings together the world’s best surfers, skaters and snowboarders for a one-week series. The Ultimate Boarder Championship challenges the best crossover amateur and professional athletes who will compete for the Ultimate Boarder Champion title and a first-place prize of $30,000. The event is open to the public and there will be a live webcast starting April 2, from Mammoth Mountain at ultimateboarder.com.
The event benefits Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit that transforms lives through the gift of mobility.
“It’s such a passionate organization for me because Ultimate Boarder is the ultimate event for mobility and there are thousands of people around the world who can’t get around,” said event founder Tim Hoover. In 2009, Ultimate Boarder raised money to send more than 50 wheelchairs to Vietnam. This year’s event will have an additional feature on the live webcast for fans to contribute money to the cause.
Past athletes who have competed in Ultimate Boarder event include 2010 co-champion skateboarder Chad Shetler and surfer Mike Morrissey, as well as Tom Curren, Bjorn Leines, Christian Hosoi, Rob Machado, Shayne Pospisil, Todd Richards, Andy Macdonald, Tosh Townend, Aaron Astorga and Steve Caballero. The event has been broadcast or featured on MTV2, FUEL TV, FOX Sports, Comcast SportsNet, ESPN.com, New York Times, Surfing Magazine, Allisports.com and more.
Visit the Facebook fan page at UBFanPage and follow it on Twitter at UltimateBoarder. For event details, photos and videos, visit ultimateboarder.com.