Chris Ankeny, turn four.
JF Pelchat was ninth in Pro Masters– his daughters, Juliette and Amalia, took first in Junior Girls and second in Next Gen Girls
Capita Snowboards founder Blue Montgomery, 10th in Pro Masters
Helen Schettini edged into fifth for Pro Women
Temple Cummins, low and powerful, was sixth in Pro Men
The one and only Travis Rice, 12th in Pro Men
Nils Mindich won both Pro Men and the Fakie Race– when you're on, you're on!
Sarah Niblock on her way to Gold Duct Tape
Félix Dallaire was the fastest Canadian of the day, earning seventh in Pro Men– still, his dad, André (a Montreal industry vet), placed higher in his category with fourth in Grand Masters
Terje Haakonsen has seven LBS wins– this year, he took eighth place in Pro Men
Chris Rasman carrying the family torch– Chris' dad, Rudy, made finals in Grand Masters
The weekend wraps up with the White Salmon Lodge getting packed out for the longest, but most exciting awards ceremony in snowboarding. The Craig Kelly Award is given to a recipient chosen for making a significant contribution to Pacific Northwest snowboarding. This year it went from Tex Devenport to John Logic who started Seattle’s SnoCon shop. John spoke of learning to snowboard in 1989, and how back then when you saw a snowboard on someone’s car, you would race up the freeway, honking your horn, pointing to their board. "Snowboarding had a real tribal feel to it back then," he said. He also told the story of how he ran into Craig Kelly in an elevator at the World Championships, and told him he wanted to open a shop, asked him where he thought would be good. Craig came up with Seattle. John got out of that elevator, found a payphone, called his girlfriend, and said, “I just met Craig Kelly, and we are moving to Seattle.” And they did.
It’s in incredible feeling seeing friends holding up Duct Tape, seeing the love between best friends Megan Porcheron and Barrett Cummins as they hug out their rivalry for another year, or cheering for JF Pelchat’s daughter, Juliette and Whistler local Finn Finestone as they beam about their wins. It's crazy to think is that if these kids keep winning Duct Tape they could break Terje’s record of seven golds by the time they are racing pro. Congratulations to Stephanie Haines, Juliette Pelchat, Megan Fraser, Finn Finestone, Sara Niblock, Scott Reynolds for bringing gold home for Canada.