Groms rip it up at White Hills Re­sort

Young board­ers show off their skills

The Beacon (Gander) - - Sports - BY ME­GAN FROST me­gan@megan­frost­pho­tog­ra­phy.com

Noth­ing is more im­pres­sive than watch­ing a per­son less than half your age fly­ing jumps and rid­ing rails at the ski hill when you are just learn­ing to ride the lift.

For snow­board­ers, that per­son is called a grom­met or grom, a young snow­boarder, skate­boarder or surfer.

This Satur­day groms were demon­strat­ing just how much they could do dur­ing the Canada Snow­board Rid­ers event at White Hills Re­sort. Seven rid­ers be­tween the ages of seven and 14 com­peted in a jam-style com­pe­ti­tion in the ter­rain park.

Each rider com­pleted as many runs as they could in a one-hour ses­sion, and each was given feed­back on what he or she did well. Ev­ery­one came away with prizes. Par­tic­i­pant Lily Bailey had a lot of fun. rat­ing the event at least “a thou­sand thou­sand out of 10.”

Event vol­un­teer Gabe Fisher was one of the first peo­ple snow­board­ing on the east coast of New­found­land. Fisher com­peted na­tion­ally in the early days of the sport. But he’s not fo­cus­ing on com­pe­ti­tion now, and he doesn’t pres­sure the kids to do so ei­ther.

“I pre­fer coaching at this level,” says Fisher “If these guys want to com­pete, I’m all about it. For me, snow­board­ing is for fun.”

Snow­board­ing at White Hills right now is young, with rel­a­tively small jumps and a fo­cus on youth rid­ing. Board­ers in New­found­land and Labrador do not ben­e­fit from school-spon­sored snow­board pro­grams like stu­dents in some other parts of the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Fisher, the skill here is very im­pres­sive and de­spite the chal­lenges, adults and kids who love to ride will con­tinue to hit the slopes as long as mother na­ture al­lows.

ALL PHO­TOS SUB­MIT­TED

Gabe Fisher fields some safety ques­tions from the young rid­ers at the top of the ter­rain park.

Tyler How­ell rides a rail

Big air for Elliott Bailey on the jump

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