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ny-snowboard-eventIn a winter in which stock prices and temperatures have plunged, a scene on the Lower East Side of Manhattan defies the notion of scaling back in bad times.

Over the last three weeks, a massive snowboard ramp has risen in East River Park, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. Nine stories tall and 150 yards long, it required more than 100 workers to build, and it has lured 16 of the world’s top professional snowboarders to compete in Thursday’s Red Bull Snowscrapers, billed as the largest urban snowboard event in North America.

Riders, including the 2006 Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Shaun White, Travis Rice, and Terje Haakonsen…  More info

ATLANTIC CITY – To Bob Hazard, the boating industry is a lot like the sea.

Some days, the waters are calm and bountiful for the vice president of Egg Harbor Yachts, an Atlantic County boat builder that’s among dozens of dealers offering vessels for sale through Sunday at the Atlantic City International Power Boat Show.

But on other days, the waves are rough. Sales ebb, and interest in the boating “lifestyle” – because, really, this isn’t just about product, Hazard insists – declines…  More info

Powerboat P1 World Championship, the international offshore boat racing league, will present its 2008 Evolution Class Championship Manufacturer Awards to the winning hull and engine builders at the 2009 Miami International Boat Show on Friday, February 13 at 11:00 a.m. The press conference will take place at the Fountain/Baja display, booth C 57 in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

For the second year, the awards will be presented to…  Motor info 

gsxr1000American Suzuki Motor Corporation announced today that the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team will compete in the AMA Pro Racing Superbike series for 2009. After extensive discussions with AMA Pro Racing, American Suzuki has received clarification of the AMA rules that will see the Suzuki GSX-R1000 sportbike on the racing grid beginning with the opening round in Daytona, Fla., in March.

Road racing is an important activity for Suzuki at the professional and amateur levels. The manufacturer uses…  More info 

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