Sunday, February 15, 2009
This past week, my wife and I were two of the volunteers at the Snowboard Cross
(SBX) World Cup on our local mountain (Vancouver's
Cypress Mountain, one of 3 local ski/snowboard mountains actually
"in" Vancouver). I worked as course crew and gate crew while my wife was a
gate judge. We had also volunteered for
the SBX Nationals last year, but this year's action definitely beat out
last year. There were some
exciting moments and a few spectacular crashes.
Some more photos that I took are here.
Although I'll stick with skiing, I can see the appeal of snowboarding. The snowboard "subculture" is a lot more relaxed, laid back, and fun-loving and that comes through in the snowboard competitions (even top events like the SBX World Cup). Like programmers, boarders have their own lingo and, when one of the SBX competitors did a forward flip during a trial run, one of the young female boarders on our crew called out "Gnarly Dude!". The same guy did that forward flip about half a dozen times right in front of us during the trials, just for the hell of it.
I'm a bit sore myself after all the hiking/skiing, setting up netting/equipment, tearing down netting/equipment, and all the early mornings & long days; but, it was a lot of fun. Hopefully, we'll be able to do it again next year when the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard events of the 2010 Olympics are up at Cypress.