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Whistler riders top B.C. snowboard series

Snowboard club in training for provincial championships

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The Whistler Valley Snowboard Club made the most of home field advantage to win the lion’s share of medals in the Ripzone Provincial Snowboard Series event in Whistler last weekend.

Although the turnout was low – few riders from the Interior made the trip, and snowboarders from the Lower Mainland haven’t been turning up for competitions with three out of four hills closed – the conditions were picture perfect for the halfpipe on Saturday and slopestyle event on Sunday.

The halfpipe competition took place in the world championship pipe near Base II. Because of the warm temperatures, the course softened up considerably through the day, slowing down some riders while giving others more confidence. Only the best of two results would count.

In the overall FIS results, Dustin O’Ferrall of Vernon, a member of the B.C. Team, won the men’s event with a score of 23.5 on his first run. He was followed closely by Dave Schettini of Kamloops, another member of the B.C. Team, with a 22.4. Roberto DiBari of Whistler was third with a 21.5.

In the women’s contest the B.C. Team’s Helen Schettini of Kamloops made top marks, finishing first with a 25.2. Katie Tsuyuki of Squamish, also a member of the provincial team, was second with a 23.7. Third went to Whistler’s Lisa Mason with a 13.9.

In the age categories, Whistler’s Brin Alexander won the men’s 12 and Under category with a 12.9. Calvin Chamberlain of Courtenay was second with an 11.0, while Steve Kopyt of Maple Ridge was third with a 10.0. Both Alexander and Kopyt, along with fourth place finisher Cody Wilson, are members of the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club.

Jed Anderson of Calgary won the Men’s 13-14 group with a 21.1, followed by North Vancouver’s Tamo Campos, another WVSC member, with a 19.5. Campos might not have won, but he pulled out the biggest air of the day with a huge method about 12 feet out of the pipe. Russell Shanahan of Calgary was third.

In the 15-16 group, Hajime Takemura of the WVSC was first with a 23.4, followed by Kiwi Chris Hutchings with a 20.9.

The 17-18 category went to Dustin O’Ferrall, followed by his teammate Tom Smale, also of Vernon. Max Ritchie of Kewowna was third, edging out the WVSC’s Francois Ligeti.

The 19 and Over category went to Andrew Jackson of Whistler with a 24.3. Dave Schettini was second with a 22.4, and Roberto DiBari third with a 21.5.

In the Women’s 16 and under category, Lauren Shanahan took the top spot with a 13.9, while Megan Chamberlain of Kamloops was second with a 11.6.

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