Comox resident Darcy Sharpe is featured in the most recent issue of Snowboard Canada magazine. Sharpe was highlighted in the popular “Drafted” column due to his outstanding competitive results from last winter. Most notable was his huge win at Whistler’s Showcase Challenge. In addition, Sharpe received multiple Best Trick recognition awards at other snowboard competitions throughout the season.
Sharpe grew up learning to ski and snowboard at Mount Washington and was a past member of the VI Riders Snowboard Club. Last winter, Sharpe moved across Georgia Strait for the winter to Whistler and has been riding with the Whistler Valley Snowboard Academy.
He competed at the most recent TTR World Snowboard Tour event at Whistler on July 1. At the event, Sharpe was competing against two of the world’s best snowboarders- Sebastien Toutant and Mark McMorris.
“It’s amazing to be at events with riders like this,” says Sharpe. “Mark and Toots are taking top spot at snowboarding events all over the world including the X-Games and the Burton New Zealand Open.”
After the event, Sharpe remained in Whistler for two weeks to fine-tune his skills on the Blackcomb Glacier. Year-round riding and keeping the board on snow during the summer months are vital for dialing in the tricks which he will unveil during the 2011/12 winter.
Joe Mcadoo, a former international competitor who is now coaching him, has witnessed Sharpe’s progression and believes he has the drive, talent and energy to take it to a higher level this winter.
“Darcy loves to snowboard and he always has fun when he’s on the snow. He works hard and is very motivated to do whatever it takes to develop his skills,” he says.
Sharpe would like to thank his sponsors Burton, Red, Electric, Showcase Shops and Annum.