Nelson’s Trace Cooke became the first ever Canadian to capture the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) overall title after the season concluded in Revelstoke earler this month.
Despite a fall during his run at the IFSA’s North American Championships at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort on the April 4-7 weekend, Cooke’s impressive finishes over the course of the season left him comfortably atop the 15 to 18 year old standings. The Whitewater Freeski Ski Team member finished 32 points ahead of second place finisher Keith Kleir of AltaBird (Salt Lake City, Utah).
Cooke’s impressive title was only one of many highlights of the season for the Whitewater Freeski Team.
Cooke’s sister Haley finished third in the 12 to 14 year old category at the Revelstoke event. The 14-year-old was narrowly bumped out of top spot in the overall season standings by Olivia Askew of AltaBird. Haley Cooke’s second place season finish was only six points behind her American counterpart.
In the 12 to 14 year old boys category at the season ending competition, Jona Caney finished fourth, Nigel Ziegler came ninth, Sam Howard was 24th and Sol Butler came 30th.
In the 15 to 18 girls category, Whitewater’s Chole Kuch finished eighth and ended the season in 14th overall in the IFSA rankings.
In the 15 to 18 year old boys category, Whitewater’s Sam Kuch put down two electrifying runs to earn a third place podium finish in the Revelstoke event. Kaden Foy finished ninth and Trace Cooke’s fall dropped him to 26th.