Repeat performances in Nike Halfpipe 

A little snow and a low-flying cloud wreaked havoc with the second Nike Snowboard Series halfpipe last week, but competitors went ahead anyway.

In the 12 and Under category, Vinny Legeti was once again top dog, followed by Jamie MacFarlane and Matt Cathers. All three are members of the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club.

In Amateur Women 13 to 17, Australia’s Torah Bright finished ahead of the WVSC’s Sarah Kopinya and Erin Franklin. In the Men’s 13 to 17, Makie Marsidi and Jeff Waters of the WVSC finished first and third, with Vancouver’s Aaron Shapiro in second.

In the Amateur Women 18 and Over category, Mai Ishii, Yoshimi Saito and Isabelle Falardeau finished one, two, three. In the men’s, Jason Boron took the win by one tenth of a point over Steve Johnson. Ryan Rausch was third.

In the Pro Women category, Catherine Dorzaio and Chiyoko Iwabuchi of Whistler finished first and second, while Rachel Einarson of Pemberton finished third.

In the Pro Men, Yves Martineau repeated as champion, followed by Jesse Kumlea of the WVSC and Yan Isabelle of Garibaldi Highlands.

Rob Picard, director and coach of the WVSC says that his club is off to a good start locally, and he is looking forward to showing the rest of the province what his boarders can do.

"I think we’re going to do really well in the Interior, we always have a good crew," says Picard. The WVSC will be at Mount Baker this weekend because a few athletes won the draw to race in the Mount Baker banked slalom. After that it’s a circuit of provincial snowboard competitions at Sun Peaks, Big White, Seymour and the provincial championships at Silver Star.

Tyler Massey, Tim Orr, and Mercedes Nicoll – three locals who have been training with the national development team in Quebec – are back in town to compete with the club.

"I think those guys are going to rip it up," Picard said.


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