Flesh flashing fundraising tactics a win for the WSFA 

What: Sick Sleds Industry Party and WFSA Film Premiere

Where: Garfinkel’s

When: Saturday, Aug. 3

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to work out the best way to get a bunch of adventure-loving, danger-dabbling party people together in this town. All you need is the right ingredients.

The World Freestyle Snowmobile Association’s founder and organizer, Linda Stang, learned pretty quickly what packs ’em in the pubs and clubs and it’s pretty simple really: Babes in Bikinis.

Her flesh fest dance parties the last six months have ranged from mud wrestling to porn parties but all in the interests of good, clean, slightly naughty fun. Next week is no exception with the Sick Sleds Industry party on Aug. 3 featuring more than motor sport mechanics.

You’ll get the WSFA film premiere capturing last year’s competition and motocross action at the Pemberton Stock Car Track. And as a special treat, there’ll be a bevy of beauties ready to rinse some racks of their own in a wet T-shirt competition.

Whether you’re a partaker or a protester of these saucy "sausage fests", there’s no doubt they have been just the profile pump-up the WSFA needed to raise money for its annual snowmobile competition and accompanying Web site, www.wsfa.ca.

"These parties have really helped put the WSFA on the map," said Stang, herself the reigning Miss Yamaha. "We’re still a growing sport competing with so many others in this region that I wanted to hold events that set us apart. We put on the good times to bring like-minded people together and show others what the sport is all about."

Motorised sledding is definitely a fast growing phenomenon.

"The industry is huge in the U.S.," said Stang. "But it’s Whistler and its surrounding regions that are fast becoming the place to be for snowmobiling. There’s eight backcountry mountains you can ride here and the weather conditions are usually perfect, plus there’s so much untouched terrain. Add to that the party lifestyle of the resort and I believe Whistler is unofficially rated as Number One around the world."

Many snowmobilers are ex snowboarders and skiers, keen to take their adrenaline rush to the next level.

"So many pro athletes want to get to the fresh powder that nobody else has been on and the only way to get there is on a snowmobile so it’s a natural progression for them to move into sledding," said Stang. "These guys are so talented on the sleds, it’s incredible, but it’s probably because they are already used to cliff jumping and there’s so much of it to practice on here."

Making guest appearances at the Sicksleds Industry Party will be the winner of last year’s world snowmobiling competition, Jason Fentiman. plus BJ Murray, Chris Dimma, Grey Rodier, Dean Matt and Scott Rattrey. A lot of these guys are locals who have appeared in many of the sport’s top films, including Roops of Hazard.

Garfinkel’s doors will open at 9:30 p.m. with the film premiere screening at 11 p.m. Dirt bikes and snowmobiles will be on the floor with many prizes to be given away. Girls interested in entering the wet T-shirt competition should bring their own towel and register upon entry.

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