I agree, and have a friend who competes in SBX as well who was gutted when it was, but i think they could suffer next year as they are only 2 weeks before the olympics, and i know which most would choose...!!!
My 3rd or 4th time snowboarding at Mt. High 20 years ago they held SBX for anyone who wanted to join. I think I raced like 3 heats and got 3rd just by not falling down basically, free t-shirt....pretty rad.
Had a rental with K2 Clicker boots/bindings, that system was tight for a beginner on a techless deck.
Back then nobody even hardly knew how to snowboard.