COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. March 28, 2015. Twenty-one women and 58 men representing six countries – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Korea, Kazakhstan and the U.S. have registered for the Hole Shot Tour Boardercross event which will be contested tomorrow (Sunday, March 29). It is the first ever USASA -USSA Nor Am event and second to last this season for the athletes. Beyond the posted purse, the competitors will be vying for a personal start spot in the 2015-2016 World Cup. Roger Carver, from Silverthorne, CO, the current Nor Am champion is hoping to repeat and earn next year’s coveted starting spot.
Canadian competitors Will Malisch and Liam Moffitt believe that good performances in tomorrow’s event will be dependent on wax and a rider’s technical skills.
The Super Pipe was getting rave reviews this morning. According to the Women’s Legend defending gold medalist, she was spending her practice time getting used to the configuration, “It’s steeper and shorter than the one I’m used to riding.”
Ruggie Girls competitor, Paisley Flowers from the Inland Northwest Series is attending her fourth USASA National Championships. The youngster reports that she’s aiming for her division’s Overall title.
Traveling from the East Coast’s Mid-Atlantic Series for the third time is Kevin Scherr, a Youth Men competitor (14-15). “In the past there has been three jumps and this year there are two in addition to the rail sections. I like this year’s set-up better.”
Father and son riders, Norman (Kahuna) and Charlie (Adaptive) were coming down from the Copperopolis trail where the Slalom and Giant Slalom courses are located. Next up on their practice schedule was Boardercross. Charlie remarked that the best part of coming to the USASA National Championships was, “Competing and making new friends.” Charlie scored a silver medal in his first trip two years ago and hopes to make it to the podium again.
While waiting in like at the American Eagle lift, Tasha Westbrook from the Mid-Atlantic Series commented, “I thought the Slopestyle course was pretty mellow, I’m heading to Boardercross so we’ll see how that goes.”
You’ll find several interns from Colorado Mountain College at their tent in the vendor village. Be sure to stop by and speak with Shelbee, Trent, Daniella, Jeff or Shawn. The students are at Copper, assisting with Event Marketing and social media updates. Please visit their bright blue CMC tent adjacent to the stage.
A pair of Mid-Atlantic Boardercross racers were overheard discussing their experiences on the course. One had recently come down from the venue while the other’s practice session was earlier in the day. “The snow was good in the morning,” the Senior Men competitor remarked while the Jams rider added, “The course isn’t too technical but it will be important to make sure your wax is right if you keep moving forward. Plus, technical skill will be important.”
Two Menehune Boys from the Aspen Snowmass Series were excited to be at the National Championships. “This is probably the greatest type of competition ever,” the first time attendee enthused, “All of the Olympians started here, I hope to go there (to the Olympics) some day,” as the youngster attending for the second time nodded in agreement.
Olympic Gold Medal winning coach, Bud Keene has already put in a busy week and the National Championships haven’t even started yet. Keene and his 11 coaches have spent the past week working with 45 athletes, ranging in age from 8 – 21, snowboarders and skiers, from across all disciplines, in preparation for the season’s penultimate event.
But Keene won’t be stopping there as he’ll be presenting several waxing clinics – both introductory (Sat, Mar 28) and advanced (Sun, Mar 29). Bud will be presenting wax clinics for interested board or ski tuners. Learn the nuances of high end waxing from the snowboard coach with the most Olympic Gold medal winning performances.
Additionally, Keene, a noted motivational speaker will be presenting a seminar for parents titled “Parenting in Action Sports” (Mon, Mar 30). A percentage from each of Keene’s events goes to the USASA Foundation.