Feb 27, 2012
Author: CR, photos by Devon Gamble
Once again Mother Nature was less than kind to The Canadian Shield Slopestyle Tour. Saturday afternoon at Calgary's COP saw strong winds increase from 40 to 60 km/h, forcing organizers to postpone the amateur and pro snowboard contest to Sunday morning.
Despite yet another schedule change, riders were appreciative of the postponement as Sunday morning held far greater weather and riding conditions. The extra day of rest or preparation definitely appeared to work in the favour of the pro men’s category, as riders threw down in their best of three runs contest. It was Ontario native Craig Gouweloos who not only took the win and $5000 he also claimed the Snowboard Canada Magazine Standout Trick award for a Backside 9. This was the first podium finish for Craig at The Canadian Shield, he captured the win with his second of three runs that included, switch Backside 5, Back 9, Cab 9, 50-50 Front 3 into the bank to a Front Blunt 270. Whistler transplant Ryan Manning claimed second place with his run that consisted of a Backside Rodeo to Frontside 9, Frontside 7 and a 5-0 to switch Front Lip. Rounding out the top three was another Ontario rider, Michael Rotsaert who rode onto his first ever Canadian Shield podium at COP. It was his second of three runs that he managed to maintain a big and exceptionally clean jump line to land on the podium. It included a switch Backside 5, corked Backside 7 Indy and a Frontside 7 Lien.
L to R: Ryan Manning (Boarders Anonymous), Craig Gouweloos (Forum), Michael Rotsaert (Ride)
Craig Gouweloos, Snowboard Canada Magazine Standout Trick winner.
The women’s pro division was a small field of riders that included some strong talent. Coming off a first place finish at the Mt. Seymour stop of The Canadian Shield, Jenna Blasman once again claimed the top spot and $2000, along with the sbcwomen.com Standout Trick award for the Backside 3 in her winning run. Jenna’s win also put her in the lead of the tour point standings, making her a strong contender for the overall tour title. Joining her on the podium was Natalie Allport who made the trip from Ontario to compete and ultimately take second place and Revelstoke’s Sabrina Gautheir who claimed third.
L to R: Natalie Allport (Top of the World), Jenna Blasman (Billabong), Sabrina Gauthier
Jenna Blasman, sbcwomen.com Standout Trick award winner.
Amateur and Rookie Results:
1. Morgan Buchner
2. Kade Philps
3. Austin Kirk
1. Amanda Coyle
2. Kennedi Deck
3. Adriane Cairns
Disney XD X-Elerator + (13-15) Boys
1. Liam LaFrance
2. James Leal
3. Jack Dowson
Disney XD X-Elerator + (13-15) Girls
1. Samantha Hamilton
Disney XD X-Elerator (12-) Boys
1. Carter Jarvis
2. Josh Reeves
3. Mateo Massitti
The final stop of the 2012 Canadian Shield Slopestyle Tour is set for March 22-24 at Blue Mountain, ON. In addition to the contest the overall tour titles will be awarded and Coors Light will be hosting a huge wrap party on the Saturday. For all the details head over to thecanadianshield.ca