Panda Athletes Occupy the Podium in Revelstoke
After three days of heavy weather and delays, the skies cleared to a perfect blue in Revelstoke, B.C. yesterday, creating perfect conditions for the Finals of the 2012 Canadian Freeskiing Championships (freeskiingworldtour.com). With Panda Team Captain Oakley White-Allen leading the charge skiing an incredibly fast, dynamic, full throttle line, Panda Poles athletes found their way onto the podium in 2 of the top 3 spots. Scoring just a few hundredths short of Oakley's 2nd place score of 79.00 points was the "Flyin' Hawaiian" Drew Tabke, who made the 2,500 vertical ft. venue of "Mac Daddy" seem more like a playground than the monster of a slope that it is. New to the Panda Tribe, Cliff Bennett rounded out the top ten, skiing a fast, powerful, fluid line in the finals. Taking 1st in the men's category was The talented, young, Canadian superstar Kye Petersen, hailing from Whistler, B.C. who scored an impressive 83.03.
With no hesitation, Angel Collinson--member of the Panda Tribe--skied a daring close-out line, ending in a mandatory 30 footer. A line that was not only impressive to watch, but boosted her into the top seat for the women, scoring a 72.40 over Crystal Wright's 71.57 and Jess McMillan's 69.67 final score.
OW-A and Tabke flank the phenom Petersen
Men's Top 5
Women's Top 3
Finals coverage by Freeride World Tour (freerideworldtour.com). Video starts with Cliff Bennett and the last 5 men's runs
The action at the Canadian Freeskiing Championships was unsurpassed, with a venue that makes most mountain faces look like hillsides. Panda Poles sends its congratulations to all the athletes who made the podium at this jaw-dropping event and sends a special shout out to the athletes who support Panda Poles and help further legitimize our organization and what we're trying to achieve. Many thanks to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, both Freeskiing and Freeride World Tours, and the event sponsors (The North Face, Black Diamond, Subaru, Sierra Nevada, Swatch, Powder Magazine, and Backcountry.com) who make these events possible.