Snowboarder Schirmer repeats at slopestyle championships

With so much fun being had, it’s easy to forget the Yukon Snowboard Championships is a competition. “It was just a good time at Sima,” said Tim Schirmer, describing the championships held over the weekend.

With so much fun being had, it’s easy to forget the Yukon Snowboard Championships is a competition.

“It was just a good time at Sima,” said Tim Schirmer, describing the championships held over the weekend at Whitehorse’s Mount Sima.

“It was super fun. It was the usually Simapalooza and Yukon championship: always a good atmosphere hanging around with your best friends just having a fun time.”

If Schirmer was having more fun than others, it was for good reason. The 17-year-old won his second straight open male slopestyle title at the event, hosted by Snowboard Yukon amidst the resort’s season-closing celebration, Simapalooza.

Schirmer, who two years ago lost by a point, won by a point on Saturday. He beat past champ Adam Waddington by just one point at 248.5 to 247.5.

“I just had a lot of fun, kept everything going smooth. My friend Adam Waddington came up from Whistler – he’s training down there for a bit – and we were battling out a bit,” said Schirmer.

“It was a really long course with a lot of tricks going on … The course was longer than usual, so you’re out of breath halfway through.

“I was doing a couple of 540s and some creative rail tricks, just playing around.”

It was definitely a showdown between two of Yukon’s best. Schirmer won three medals for Yukon at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games last month in Greenland, around the same time Waddington placed 20th at the Air Nation Freestyle Nationals in Ontario.

Boarders competed in slopestyle Saturday and snowboardcross Sunday. Only one boarder managed to pull off a win both days.

Twelve-year-old Ben Machtans won the males under-15 category in slopestyle and the males 11-12 division in the snowboardcross.

“He was part of our Arctic Games process, but didn’t make it onto the team,” said Snowboard Yukon head coach Mary Binsted. “He was part of our competitive team and training.

“New for Ben this year was stepping up to the big jumps at the bottom … He definitely wasn’t doing that last season, so he grew into it this season.”

Machtans wasn’t the only up-and-comer to shine at the championships. Sammy Mather, 12, competed up an age group and won the males 15-16 division in Saturday’s slopestyle.

“He could have competed down an age group, but he decide to move up and compete against his teammates from the Arctic Games,” said Binsted.

Mather, who claimed two medals at the Arctic Games, also placed fourth in the open male division of the snowboardcross, taking on some boarders in their 30s. No stranger to Yukon titles, he won the under-12 division the last two years at the championships.

Schirmer and Mather weren’t the only to repeat. Mackenzie Davy sped to her second open female snowboardcross title in a row on Sunday.

This year’s Yukon championship included first-time-event “junior jam” rail jam at the base of the hill, as part of the Canada Snowboard Riders program.

“The participants were more our Sandor’s Shredders (development program) age group than our competitive team athletes,” said Binsted. “It was meant to be a fun introductory freestyle event.”

Results

Slopestyle

Males under-15

1st Ben Machtans

2nd Syth Charchun

3rd Sebastian Insley

Males 15-16

1st Sammy Mather

2nd Asher Brault

3rd Ethan Davy

Open male

1st Tim Schirmer

2nd Adam Waddington

3rd David Emann

4th Dan Boyle

5th Tyler Nichol

6th Tyler Koenen

Junior jam
Males under-13

1st Jacob Nickel

2nd Lewis Bunce

Males under-10

1st Sebastian Insley

2nd Connor Boland

3rd Eli Marsh

Snowboardcross

Males under-10

1st Eli Marsh

2nd Connor Boland

Males 11-12

1st Ben Machtans

2nd Syth Charchun

3rd Lewis Bunce

Open male

1st Matthew Johnson

2nd Ethan Davy

3rd Terry Morrison

4th Sammy Mather

5th Asher Brault

Open female

1st Mackenzie Davy

2nd Antje Schibel

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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