Vancouver Island Riders are tuning up their boards and waiting for Dec. 9 opening day on their home training ground, Mt. Washington Resort.
VI Riders is a non-profit snowboard club which supports competent riders and emerging athletes from 11 to 18 years in the domain of freestyle snowboarding. Riders such as 16-year-old Kyle Smith who joined the club last year had this to say about his experience with VI last year:
“Riding with VI boosted my confidence and riding abilities while having fun with knowledgeable coaches in a really relaxed atmosphere. VI is made up of a great group of people and that’s what really drove me to push myself as a rider. There is a great family feel and everyone is really positive towards helping each other.”
Club president Kelsa Donald noted that in Smith’s first year with VI he really excelled and his efforts were rewarded by a first place finish in Mt. Washington’s Big Air competition, landing him a brand new snowboard.
When asked if Kyle would recommend VI to other interested athletes he comments, “Yes, I definitely would recommend VI to anyone – from new aspiring riders to confident park rats because it has something for everyone.”
For more information about VI Riders and registration packages, check out the website at viriders.org or contact Kelsa or Dave Donald at 250-923-0523.