Why We Do | Canada Snowboard
The Why We Do campaign aims to share the stories of our Canadian National Snowboard Team athletes about why they train the way they do. Why they gravitate towards the lifestyle of a professional snowboarder. Why they travel to unique places chasing the snow. And why they want to become the best in their discipline.
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CHRIS ROBANSKE

Snowboarding Favourite person to ride with? Mike Robertson, Jake Holden, Justin Pasutto, Dan Csokonay, Adam Robertson. We used to get pretty wild back in the day.   Where’s your favourite place to shred? Anywhere where the snow is deep and the terrain is challenging.   Who inspires you? My Mom and Dad are atop the huge list. They have done more for me than anyone else and the amount of support they have...

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DANIEL SHOEMAKER

Snowboarding Favourite person to ride with? Mark Fawcett keeps it fun and pushes you!     Where’s your favourite place to shred? Rev!!! I love to go heli boarding at Revelstoke with the eagle pass.   Who inspires you? My entire team inspires me, watching them ride pushes me to try harder each day.   What has snowboarding taught you? That there is life after a major injury and no matter what, the only person that can limit...

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Michelle Salt

Snowboarding Favourite person to ride with? John Leslie, Quentin and Chris Cannady.   Photo: Evan Applegate   Where’s your favourite place to shred? Lake Louise and Mt Bachelor, especially on a powder day.   Who inspires you? Spencer O'Brien and Kaillie Humphries. Both are strong women and incredible athletes.   What has snowboarding taught you? To appreciate Mother Nature and to always have fun no matter the circumstances.   Photo: Evan Applegate   How do you mentally prepare yourself for a contest/race? I...

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Mercedes Nicoll

Snowboarding Where’s your favourite place to shred? Whistler/Blackcomb. It’s my backyard and the best place I’ve found so far!     Who inspires you? Every day different people inspire me. It could be kids having fun, someone smiling, or a friend pushing their limits. It’s easy to find inspiration in so many places.   What has snowboarding taught you? Snowboarding has taught me the importance of an extended family. I’ve had the opportunity to...

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Océane Fillion

Snowboarding Favourite person to ride with? I could write a lot of names here… Sincerely though, anyone who enjoys snowboarding as much as I do and who wants to have a good time!     Where’s your favourite place to shred? Whistler. From park laps to fresh tracks, it has it all!   What has snowboarding taught you? To never give up. Even when we fall 30 times learning a new trick, we have...

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John Leslie

How did you get into snowboarding? I got into snowboarding at around ten years old. My mom had always been a skier and got me into ski racing as a young kid. It was a lot of fun, but when I started to see snowboarders I wanted to do that. Unfortunately I had to deal with that cancer thing for a season, which totally screwed my...

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Kevin Hill

Snowboarding Favourite person to ride with? Anyone who likes to push me to try new things.     Where’s your favourite place to shred? All the amazing resorts in Austria.   Who inspires you? Guys like Mark McMorris and Shaun White who are always pushing the limits.   What has snowboarding taught you? That you can live a good life enjoying what you do if you work hard and never give up.     How do you mentally prepare yourself...

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Calynn Irwin

Snowboarding Favourite person to ride with? Really anyone who wants to explore the mountain and has a positive attitude!   Where’s your favourite place to shred? My favorite place to snowboard is Whistler Blackcomb. There is so much terrain, you can really ride whatever you want. There aren’t very many places like that.     Who inspires you? Torah Bright and Kelly Clark. Torah has hands down the best style in girls snowboarding and...

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Evan Bichon

How did you get into snowboarding? I got into snowboarding at a very young age; my first time on a board was when I was five or six years old. My dad was the first person to teach me snowboarding, he skied most of his life and wanted to try snowboarding so he taught himself first. After he knew a few of the basics he took me...

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Max Parrot

How did you get into snowboarding? I started skiing in Bromont, where I still live, when I was 2 years old and at the age of 8, my best friend got a snowboard for Christmas. I completed the season on my skis and when summer came, I mowed my neighbour’s lawns to earn enough money to buy my snowboard.   Is there a rider you look up to? The...

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