The 2017 Sport Chek Air Nation Nationals presented by Burton and Mazda Canada kicked off Monday afternoon with the 2017 Mazda Canada Halfpipe Championships. Dozens of riders from all over the country, including members of Canada’s National halfpipe team, made their way to Mount St Louis Moonstone to compete for the title of National Champion.
In the end it was Katie Tsuyuki (Toronto, ON) and Derek Livingston (Aurora, ON) who walked away with the top prize and the title of Canadian Champion. Mercedes Nicoll (Whistler, BC) and Calynn Irwin (Toronto, ON) joined Tsuyuki on the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively on the women’s side with Braeden Adams (Calgary, AB) and Shawn Fair (Calgary, AB) joining Livingston on the men’s side.
In the junior category, Becca Ballantyne and Shawn Fair took home the top spot in the women's and men's categories.
For Tsuyuki, it is her first National title since 2006.
"It's been a long time since I've stood on the top step of the [Air Nation Nationals] podium." said Tsuyuki "The girls rode really well today but I'm stoked to stand on the top of the podium again."
The team will now head to Sierra Nevada, ESP for the FIS Snowboard World Championships 2017.
The 2017 Sport Chek Air Nation Nationals continue throughout the rest of the week with both Slopestyle and Big Air Championships in the Junior and Open category. A full event schedule is available here.
photo: Matt Forsythe/King Snow Snowboard Magazine