Boarders go head to head at Riders race

Organizers of the Canada Snowboard Riders race series bumped up excitement levels at Mt. Sima on Sunday. Yukon's up and coming snowboard racers went head-to-head in a snowboard-cross competition.

Organizers of the Canada Snowboard Riders race series bumped up excitement levels at Mt. Sima on Sunday.

Yukon’s up and coming snowboard racers went head-to-head in a snowboard-cross competition.

“The terrific staff at Mt. Sima built us a mini boarder-cross course and we had our riders go head-to-head with each other battling it out down the course for first, second and third place,” said race organizer David Pharand.

The event was the second Riders competition of the season at Mount Sima and was hosted by Snowboard Yukon.

The first race was a banked slalom race with snowboarders racing the course individually.

It was the second in a row for Asher Brault, who placed first on Sunday. Brault also won the under-15 boys division in the Riders opener Jan. 13.

Second place’s Ethan Davy was third in the first Riders race in the under-15 division. Third place’s Bill Newkirk finished second in the Jan. 13 event in under-15.

Isaiah English took fourth and Kyle Koski fifth on Sunday.

“We awarded Kyle Koski with honourable mentions for having his two times so consistent and another special award for Isaiah English for sportsmanship, as during the head-to-head race he missed a gate and instead of taking the disqualification he jumped back up the course to get around the gate,” said Pharand.

The Riders events are introductory snowboard races for beginners and intermediate riders.

The final Riders race at Sima is scheduled for Feb. 24., weather permitting.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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