Local skiers top B.C. freestyle series 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY SCOTT BRAMMER, WWW.COASTPHOTO.COM - Bump'n'jump A Super Youth competitor (ages 6 to 9) crashes through the moguls during the B.C. Freestyle Series events in Whistler this past weekend. Over 200 kids tooks part in moguls, slopestyle and halfpipe events.
  • photo by Scott Brammer, www.coastphoto.com
  • Bump'n'jump A Super Youth competitor (ages 6 to 9) crashes through the moguls during the B.C. Freestyle Series events in Whistler this past weekend. Over 200 kids tooks part in moguls, slopestyle and halfpipe events.

The Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club (WBFSC) and Whistler Blackcomb "Freestylerz" program hosted the second event in the B.C. Freestyle Ski Series this past weekend, with a huge turnout of over 200 kids from around the province competing in the Timber Tour — an event for kids aged 12 to 19 — and the Super Youth events for younger kids.

There's some overlap in the 12 to 13 age group with the Timber Tour basing entry on the athletes' ages as of July 1, and the Super Youth placing kids based on their age on the day of the event.

Whistler skiers won a total of 50 medals in three events, slopestyle, moguls and halfpipe, and may have won more before the decision was made to cancel the moguls on Monday as a result of fog on the course.

Hundreds also enjoyed a gala evening at the top of Whistler where thousands of dollars was raised for the club. Two of the most popular items auctioned off were a trip with Bella Coola Heli Sports, which went for $9,000 and a framed photo of Sarah Burke signed by her friends and fellow freeskiing competitors. It went for $1,150.

The competition events got underway on Saturday with the Timber Tour slopestyle.

In the F4 category (girls aged 13 and under), Sofiane Gagnon placed a close second, followed by teammate Teagan Bruns. Mackenzie Wilson was 10th.

In M3 (boys aged 14-15) Whistler's Bradley Pudritz was 11th, Graham Williams 13th, Aidan McConnell 18th and Nikolas Blomberg 28th.

In M4 (boys 13 and under). Luke Smart placed first overall with a gap of 10 points over teammate Charles Armstrong. Smart won with a Switch 7 to a Cork 9.

Kevin Leslie was ninth, Evan Low 12th, Carter Krasny 14th, Ben Wilkinson 15th, James Sambell 18th and Brody Van Unen 24th.

The Super Youth competed in moguls on the same day.

In the girl's M4 group (age 12), Whistler's Aoife Gannon was first overall, while teammate Janelle Law was third.

In M4 boys it was a WBFSC sweep with Sam Cordell first, Anders Ujejski second and Seth McGregor third. Jonas Gabelhouse was fourth, Evan Phillips fifth, Dexter Butterworth sixth, Lachlan Steverlynck seventh, Chase Ujejski eighth, Mattias Blomberg ninth, David Wilkinson 10th and Matthew Ogilvie-Turner 12th.

In F5 (girls 10 and 11), it was another club sweep with Ali Rainnie first, Anna Wilkinson second and Maia Schwinghammer third. Erin Wilson was fourth, Raine Haziza fifth, Josephine Howell, sixth, Ava Dunham seventh, Skye Clarke ninth, Cassidy Butterworth 10th and Olivia Topp 12th.

In the boys' M5 group, Kai Smart was first, Max Edwards second, Charlie McMillan third, Mitchell Polanski fifth, Liam Rivera sixth, River Stanger 15th, Garret Smith 16th and Adrian Conn 18th.

In F6 (girls eight and nine), Maddy Low and Brooke Armstrong were first and second, Katelyn Peterson fifth and Chase Capicik sixth.

For the boys, Saxon Forster was second, Marcus Goguen was sixth, Daniel Gannon 15th, Tristan Curran 16th and Sam Wilkinson 22nd.

On the second day of competition, the Timber Tour headed into the halfpipe.

In F4, Mackenzie Wilson was first by 10 points, while teammate Teagan Bruns was fourth and Sofiane Gagnon seventh.

In M3, Nikolas Blomberg was second overall.

Charles Armstrong topped the M4 category, followed by teammates Luke Smart and Carter Krasny. Kevin Leslie was fifth, Ben Wilkinson sixth, James Sambell 10th, Brody Van Unen 12th and Evan Low 16th.

The Super Youth athletes moved onto the slopestyle course.

In F4, Aoife Gannon was second overall.

In M4, Anders Ujejski was first landing a backside 270 off a flat rail, to a front 270 off the downbox, followed by a switch 540 and finishing with a 900 tailgrab.

Chase Ujejski, Anders' twin, who took the top slopesyle M4 spot at the last Freestyle event in Apex was second. Seth McGregor took third, Connor Wubs fifth, Evan Phillips sixth, Mattias Blomberg seventh, Dexter Butterworth eighth, David Wilkinson ninth, Lachlan Steverlynck 11th, Sam Corbell 12th, Duncan Bustos 13th and Matthew Ogilvie-Turner 14th.

In F5, Ali Rainnie was first, followed by teammates Anna Wilkinson, Erin Wilson, Maia Schwinghammer, Olivia Topp, Raine Haziza, Skye Clarke, Josephine Howell and Ava Dunham in ninth place. Cassidy Butterworth 12th.

In M5, Max Edwards and Kai Smart were first and second, Charlie McMillan was fifth, Liam Rivera was sixth, Garret Smith 10th, Hugo Dixon 11th, River Stanger 13th, Sacha Moayeri 15th, Mitchell Polanski 18th and Adrian Conn 20th.

In F6, Maddy Low and Brooke Armstrong were second and third, while Katelyn Peterson was fourth, and Chase Capicik sixth.

In M6, Marcus Goguen was second, Tristan Curran fifth, Stephen Lindsay-Ross eighth, Daniel Gannon 11th, Saxon Forster 12th, Sam Wilkinson 14th and Jacob Bowie 22nd.

The final day was the Timber Tour moguls, which was eventually cancelled due to the visibility.

Sophie McGregor finished on top of the F2 category before the event was called.

In the Super Youth halfpipe, notable results include Maddy Low's third in F6 and Stephen Linsay-Ross's win in M6; the podium sweep in F5 (Ali Rainnie, Maia Schwinghammer and Erin Wilson); Kai Smart and Max Edwards placing first and third in M5; Aoife Gannon's silver in F4 and another WBFSC sweep in M5 (Anders Ujejski, David Wilkinson and Mattias Blomberg.

The final event in the provincial series takes place at Silver Star in March. There are also a few regional moguls competitions including an event at Cypress.


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