Canadian racers place high during Big White Snowboard Cross weekend
Beacon Staff Reporter
Top Canadian in the men’s Snowboard Cross was Jackson Zenert who finished second on Saturday behind Daisuke Watanabe of Japan, while third place went to Richard Allen.
Zenert is from Alberta and rides with the Evolve club out of Lake Louise and Allen is from Richmond, B.C.
This Snowboard Cross events were part of the BC Snowboard Provincial Series Jan. 26 and 27 at Big White Ski Resort, located 62 kilometres southeast of Kelown, B.C.
The men’s Snowboard Cross race featured 19 snowboarders from Japan, Poland, Romania and fellow Canadians during the two days.
In the women’s finals, Ai Kodawa and Terumi Kawai from Japan won the first and second places while the third place was secured by Mica Bot, riding on her home course at Big White.
On the second day, Meryata O’dine of Prince George, B.C. won first place and she was followed by the Japanese racers – Terumi Kawai and Ai Kodawa for second and third positions respectively.
In the Men’s on day 2 Japan took first and second – with Hiroaki Muraoka taking first that day and Daisuke Watanabe adding to his FIS points with a second place finish. Jackson Zenert came in third.
The Japanese snowboarders were in Canada to gain experience in Snowboard Cross racing. They have a fairly successful track record in the SBX events in their home country.
“Big White, as always prepared a fantastic venue, and the weather gods were good to us as well,” said BC Snowboard Association Executive Director Cathy Astofooroff.
“Our Provincial Series are events for Open Age Category competitors to gain experience in Snowboard Cross, as well as the more competitive FIS events. The athletes are competing for Overall Series Results and a chance to qualify for Snowboard Cross National Events,” she added.
The BC Snowboard Provincial Series is sanctioned by Canada Snowboard and FIS.
FIS is the acronym for Cederation Internationale de Ski – the world wide organization for both ski and snowboard events. FIS provides a point system to track athletes worldwide. Athletes can compete at provincial, North American, European or World Cup events and gain FIS points to increase their overall ranking.
These events provide opportunity for athletes to compete for FIS points and to qualify for Canada-Snowboard Nationals through their points and Provincial Series ranking, as well as Western SBX Series points.
These events are the developmental program for young riders, as well as a tool for more established riders to gain FIS points and move up in their ranking.