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    Levi LaVallee and Robbie Maddison Record JumpIn a live broadcast from San Diego, Calif., ESPN celebrated the New Year by televising the first-ever simultaneous world-record breaking distance jumps as Levi LaVallee and Robbie Maddison launched across more than 300 feet of water in San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park. The world-record feats set by LaVallee at 412 feet, 6 inches and Maddison at 378 feet, 9 inches were witnessed by thousands of fans in attendance as the fog cleared over the marina.

    Levi LaValleeThe previous snowmobile distance record of 361 feet was set by LaVallee during training for the 2010 Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. jump, while Maddison easily broke his previous certified world-record of 351 feet, 3 inches.

    “I’m as excited as I think a person can be,” says LaVallee. “I just landed an over 400-foot jump. I’m not sure how the sled’s doing, but I’m okay, so it was good. It’s an amazing feeling. You have no idea how pumped I am.”

    After being injured during practice for the 2010 event, LaVallee made his successful comeback this year alongside three-time Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. veteran Maddison, who began the series in 2007 with a record-setting football field jump. He then returned in 2008 to jump up to and off of the Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas while Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck. In 2009, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car 269 feet, setting a new distance record while landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.

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      BRP’s Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Carl Kuster have joined forces in creating a new riding camp designed to deliver an unparalleled mountain snowmobiling experience. Riders will have the chance to try the latest Ski-Doo technology from BRP, learn from recognized backcountry experts, and hone their riding skills while having a great time in the deep powder snow of British Columbia.

      With two locations offering riding that ranges from big meadows of fresh powder to play in to super technical steep-and-deep inclines, and even unique glacier areas, the camp has something for everyone. Classes offered will be one, two or three days long for skill levels from intermediate to expert. Attendees can bring their own sled or rent a state-of-the-art Summit at a special rate.

      “Creating a permanent place for our loyal snowmobile customers to experience all the best in mountain riding, while using the newest sleds and clothing from BRP, has been a vision of ours for a while now,” says Robert Lumley, vice president of sales and marketing Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo. “Partnering with Carl Kuster Mountain Park brings it to reality in a stunning way. Everything from the experience and instruction to fantastic riding areas and great hospitality, this is a combination our dealers and customers will truly appreciate.”

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        Levi LaVallee has fully recovered from injuries suffered in a crash while training for a record-breaking snowmobile distance jump and he’s ready to try it again. This time, he’ll have a little company.

        LaVallee will be attempting to break the snowmobile distance jump record at the same time as Robbie Maddison will try to break the motorcycle distance jump record in the latest installment of Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. The event will air live from San Diego, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 31 at approximately 11 pm ET / 8 pm PT on ESPN, ESPNHD and ESPN3, immediately following the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

        This year, LaVallee, a 28-year-old native of Longville, Minn., will jump his snowmobile alongside Maddison, a 30-year-old Aussie now living in Temecula, Calif., who will pilot his motorcycle as both athletes concurrently jump over 300 feet of water from the North park to the South park at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the downtown area of San Diego Bay. LaVallee will attempt to break his own record of 361 feet and Maddison will be aiming for a leap of more than 400 feet to eclipse the current record of 391 feet.

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          A record number of teams are expected to participate in the SAE 2012 Snowmobile Challenge, sponsored by the snowmobile manufacturers along with other supporting businesses, set for March 5-10, 2012 at Michigan Technological University.

          Held at the University’s Keweenaw Research Center, the Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and reengineer it.

          The snowmobiles will compete in a variety of events including emissions, noise fuel economy/endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start and design.

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            KLIM Technical Riding Gear will hold a free-to-the-public Avalanche Education Clinic at the KLIM headquarters in Rigby, Idaho on Monday, Nov. 21 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Those interested in attending should RSVP immediately for a chance to win a pair of KLIM PowerXross Gloves! KLIM will be providing free pizza for all attendees.

            “The first-ever Avalanche Clinic at KLIM will feature a casual presentation of avalanche awareness and backcountry survival skills from some of the most knowledgeable backcountry experts in the area,” KLIM says in a release.

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