Pro Athletes

Katie Tsuyuki – 138 Transition and 145 Phoenix

Katie Tsuyuki made her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014, where she missed a spot in the final by one place, finishing as top Canadian female halfpiper in 13th place overall, best Canadian out of both genders.

Tsuyuki had made her World Cup debut in December 2005 in Whistler. She would record her best World Cup result in January 2010, finishing ninth in Stoneham, Quebec. Just a couple of weeks later, she was at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, not as a competitor, but as a forerunner for the halfpipe competition.

Katie is a four-time medallist at the Canadian championships, including her gold medal run in 2006. She debuted at the 2013 FIS World Championships where she finished 15th

Katie is a five-time medalist at the Canadian championships, including her gold medal runs in 2006 and 2017. She debuted at the 2013 FIS World Championships where she finished 15th.

Katie is qualifying for Korea 2018 which will take her to New Zealand, America, China and Switzerland all with the intentions of competing at the PyeongChang Olympics. 

Everett McEwan – REV

Everett has been snowboarding since the early days of the late 80s, and competed in his first race in 1988. Despite his early start, instead of racing professionally he went off to college and had a career in TV news for 17 years. But over the years he kept at it as a part-time amateur including winning age class USASA US nationals seven times in alpine (GS and SL). Everett also was a snowboard coach in the late 90s at Stratton Mountain, Vermont where he coached the famous Lindsey Jacobellis and then went onto to found the Ski Round Top snowboard race program before moving to Colorado. The year Everett turned 40, he left his job in TV news to be a stay at home dad and start a business in video production. He also decided to give Pro racing a chance. He jokes that it’s his “midlife crisis” to race against people half his age and to beat a lot of them. He has consistently made finals at the NorAm Race to the Cup and has gone from top 16 to top 10 and even the top five. He also has climbed the podium in smaller pro races in Canada, including winning the Ontario provincial championships in PSL. As well as providing video production and marketing work for Donek Snowboards, Everett is also test rider helping with development of Alpine/Race Snowboards and plates. He is also a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the top US team and helps with promoting the sport of racing on behalf of the club through video.

Holly Crawford – 158 Custom Shape

This three-time halfpipe Olympian from Australia is known for going massive and for her technical abilities. Holly Crawford has stood on the podium at many World Cup and World Championship events and you can expect she is going to impress at PyeongChang this February. Holly rides a custom directional twin tip shape in the halfpipe you can’t miss her signature shape. Make sure you follow her Instagram as she makes her way to the Games.

Follow Holly @hollyskorea

Jack Lee – 157 Park Twin

Using his competitive diving background Jack is taking the slopestyle scene by storm. You can catch him flying over the jumps at Breckenridge. It was a backflip that made Jack fall in love with snowboarding and sparked his journey to the Olympics. Inspired by passion of legend Jeremy Jones Jack uses each slam to get motivated to stay on his feet and push his limits. Disc golf, hut tubbing and 10-meter platform diving are other hobbies he enjoys. This season Jack will be working on his can and switch back double 1080 and front and back 1260’s with the aim of crushing the RevTour stops and beyond.

Follow Jack @jack_p_Lee

Adaptive Pro Athletes

Evan Strong -150 Saber and 158 Phoenix

Evan Strong captured the gold medal and led a U.S. podium sweep in the Paralympic debut of men’s snowboardcross at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Evan is the 2012 Para Snowboard Cross World Champion, and 2013 US National Champion.

Mike Shea – Saber SRT

Mike captured the Silver Medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Teammates Mike and Evan seem to pass the top paralympic BX spot in the world back and forth. Mike is responsible for the development of our Baker banked slalom model, which he has taken to multiple World cup podiums.

Amy Purdy

Is there anything this woman can’t do? She’s a Paralympic bronze medallist, has placed in multiple world cups, was runner up on Dancing with the Stars (season 18). She also co-founded her own non-profit organization, Adaptive Action Sports, and is an amazing motivational speaker. When Amy first approached us a few years ago and said I’m a double amputee and I race boardercross, we had to wiggle our finger in our ear to confirm we heard her right. Amy has had a profound affect on the direction Donek Snowboards has taken just with that one little phone call. Because of her inspiration and impact on the sport of adaptive snowboarding, Donek builds boards for a large percentage US adaptive snowboarders and benefits from their innovative nature. We are very proud to work with her.

Mike Minor – 162 Saber BX

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Ambassadors

Ryan Knapton – 162 Knapton

Riding since 1989 and hailing from Breckenridge, this Colorado native is on his pro model, the Knapton Twin. He loves all the resorts in Colorado for the bigger mountains and darn good snow in general. Other than Breckenridge, he has had some of the most fun at Beaver Creek and the various Aspen Mountains because of how empty they compared to Breck / Vail / Keystone. Although he hasn’t been back in over 15 years, Ryan also has mad love for Buck Hill and Hyland Hills in Minnesota with very tiny little hills (less than 200 vertical feet). He has so many great memories growing up riding those tow-ropes next to a small park / pipe and just loving doing that all night every night after school. Nowadays his ‘discipline’ is just cruising around the entire mountain and playing around with whatever seems fun to do that day.

When asked about his Knapton Twin he said – “Twin with my own specs… stiffer cuz I’m a heavier rider, wider so I can turn extra hard without ‘booting out’, larger sidecut radius for bigger turns, offset inserts cuz of the width so my bindings are centered on it better than what ‘center’ is with burton bindings, custom base die cut graphics, extra inserts on my newest board towards the tail so I can set it back on pow days (haven’t gotten to try this feature yet on the new board). I DO NOT recommend my exact specs for most anyone! But that’s what’s rad about Donek Snowboards and their specialization in customizing boards… you can get specs that are actually good for you and how you ride, rather than having to settle like with most company’s boards which basically takes a primitive ‘one size fits all’ approach.”

Fun fact…Ryan used to be one of the fastest Rubiks Cube solvers in the world (top 20). Now I play foosball and have won tons of events including Amateur Singles at Worlds and a second in Pro Doubles at Worlds.

His shout outs are to All his MN and CO shred bros. Extra thanks to his YouTube subscribers who leave mad nice feedback for his vids and extra thanks to those who point the camera at Ryan so he can make the vids, especially his girlfriend Kristin and his homie Nate Dogggg.

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Giri Watts – 162 Park Twin

This always smiling uber talented powder hound is the head of ski and ride at Copper Mountain. Giri has many years of experience and is one of our top freestyle and freeride board testers. His clean technique and creative eye for the lay of the land makes Giri stand out amongst the rest. Give him a high five when you see him, he’s a gem!

Follow Giri @giri_watts

Crispin Lipscomb 155 Transition and Park Twin

Want to know a guy who can ride it all? It’s Crispin. Two time halfpipe Olympian, backcountry specialist and current coach of the British Columbia snowboard team, this guy has grace and power. Crispin specializes in making snowboarding look easy and can teach that way too. He is husband to our artist Raffaella and they hold down a place called Area C, a jump, rail and skills improvement camp off the back of Silver Star and you can join them at anytime. Email Crispin for more information on attending his specialty camps. Crispin360@yahoo.com

US Amateur Athletes

Drew Moryn – 120 Junior

 

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Tyler Guenter – 164 Saber SRT

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Instagram @tyler_guenter
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Twitter – @t_guenter

Sumner Orr – 134 Saber,
128 Park Twin

Follow Sumner on Facebook @sumnerorr and on Instagram @sumner.orr.rides

Sloane Alexander – 105 S.A.

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Bryan Meyung – 162 Saber BX and Park Twin

Follow Bryan @thatguybry311

Hunter Bernard – 158 Saber

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Ashlyn Overland – 125 Junior

Follow Ashlyn: Facebook @AshlynOverland / Instagram @ashlyno.onthesnow

Cam Poklop – 158 Saber BX

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Anika Juneau – 130 Saber

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Carlie Capela – 168 Pulse & 153 Rev Jr

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Rachel DeFelice – 138 Transition

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Nick Trouskie – 120 Junior Freestyle

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Billy Trautner – 155 Saber

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Gunnar Songsted – 154 Park Twin

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Devrett Gupta – 157 Transition and 159 Saber

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Ashton Grogg – 158 Saber,
180 Secret

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Lexi Bullis – 157 and 170 REV

follow Lexi on Facebook @LSsnowboard and on Instagram @bullis_07

Shane Koeppe – 156 SaberBX

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Tanya Rowe – 138 Park Twin

Angela DeLucia – 168 Pulse and 152 SaberBX

Follow Angelia @angiedelucia

Tyler King – 162 Saber BX

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Zach Westerman – 160 SaberBX

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Garret Capela

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Aten-Wa Taylor

Canadian Amateur Athletes

Ben Swaine – 125 Junior

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Fanny Girardin – 150 Saber

Follow Fanny on Facebook @fannygirardinsnowboardcrossathlete and on Instagram @fan_gir

Vanessa Moore – 105 Junior

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Oskar Klein – 151 Freestyle Twin

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Brooke D’Hondt – 140 SaberBX

Follow Brooke @pwderprincess

Luke D’Hondt – 135 SaberBX

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CorbenMarchiel – 135 Park Twin

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Drew Ellison – 163 and 175 REV and 163 SaberBX

Follow Drew @themountain.drew

Josh Klein – 148 Park Twin

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Seth Klein – 150 Flux

Follow Seth @kleinseth

Sheldon Klein – 157 Knapton

Not Pictured

Anthony Shelly 145 SaberBX

Hallie Rainbow

Australian Amateur Athletes

Mia Clare Chawner – 148 SaberSRT and 149 Pilot

Follow Mia in Facebook @MiaChawnerSnowboarding and on Instagram @mia_littlegrom03

Nattaphon Othanawathakij (Oat) – 157 SaberBX

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Ronan Preston – 155 SaberBX and 156 SaberSRT

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