Snowboarding club going strong

Still growing after 11 years

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

What: The Western Snowboarding Federation was founded 11 years ago by snowboarder Dan Christian. The University Students’ Council directed him to the ski club; he tried to join, but snowboarders couldn’t become members. He marched back to the USC, got $75 to start the club and the WSF was born. Now the club has over 500 members and is growing every year.

The WSF makes it easy for snowboarders to find friends who also love to ride at such a large school.

“It’s all about friendship and the love of riding, and makes it easy to always have a friend to go hit some rails, the local hills or even on trips out west with,” says WSF President Meg Watson.

Events: Both social and snowboarding events are on the WSF schedule. Social events include Opening Night at Call The Office, where tons of free stuff is given away, the Back-Yard Rail Jam the WSF Media Challenge wine and steeze party at the Alex P. Keaton, video nights and tons more.

“When there is no snow, we truck it in from London’s skating rinks, and fill backyards for our annual pre-season rail jam and barbecue,” Watson says.

As for actual snowboarding, WSF runs a trip to Mont Tremblant with over 150 people (it sold out in one hour this year) and runs buses for four-day trips to Collingwood and Barrie. There are also weekly local trips to hills like Boler Mountain and Cobble Hills. Watson says the club rides as much as possible with or without snow.

Competition: Members can compete in the University Boardercross Series, which Western won in 2005. The club also keeps members posted on all the competitions happening around Ontario.

Perks: One perk is sweet T-shirts, which are redesigned every year. Members also get a card that gives them great discounts at The Boardshop and 25 per cent off food at the Alex P. Keaton. The WSF is also working on a cover discount at the London Taphouse.

Skill-level: There’s no skill requirement for membership. In fact, the WSF offers free beginner lessons and a new program called “Girls in the Park” offering free lessons on jumps and rails to encourage women to ride together and do things they might not try otherwise.

How to join: It’s $25 to join and members get access to all events for free or at a lower cost than the public.

For more information, check out the Facebook group: Western Snowboard Federation does Facebook! or e-mail wsfexec@gmail.com.

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