Local snowboarder Finn Finestone announced as the newest member of Snowboard Canada’s Next Gen program team
Whistler snowboarder Finn Finestone finally got the call he has been waiting for years: he made the National Snowboard Team as part of the Slopestyle Next Gen program.
“I had the idea that it was about team selections, but I did not know why they called me. As if I thought maybe it was to tell myself that I was no longer in the team. It was great but also surprising, ”said Finestone.
“It was kind of a weight on my shoulders, like a relief. I was therefore delighted and relieved.
However, Finestone won’t be the only member of the team representing the Sea to Sky region as Juliette Pelchat of Whistler and Jadyn Chomlack of Pemberton are already part of the Next Gen program.
Finestone and Chomlack have been close friends and riding partners for most of their lives and it is this friendship and competition that Finestone says is the main reason the two have made it this far. .
“We kind of grew up pushing each other. We go to a competition and it’s always one-on-one with the two of us and it’s super good pressure to have. I think it’s like having a brother in sports, ”he said.
“And I think we thrive on leading each other and we always have, and it certainly helps with progression.”
According to Brian Finestone, Finn’s father and the man who first snowboarded him at just three years old, this news is hugely exciting but not entirely unexpected.
“I certainly knew he had all the resources here and he showed great promise, so it wouldn’t have been a surprise if someone had told me one day that he would be that good. It’s kind of the dots connected naturally, ”Brian said.
“I think it was a good time for Finn, the fact that he had just graduated from high school now has all the time in the world to devote to sports. So I’m super excited for him and obviously proud to know how much he loves him and how dedicated he is to him – to see him succeed is every parent’s dream.
Finestone considers his father to be one of the most influential people in his snowboarding career so far, but Brian says that inspiration goes both ways.
“Well, I’m honored,” Brian said. “And I would like to say that he has so much influence on my snowboard. He made me try things that I hadn’t tried in a decade or two. It is absolutely an inspiration for me to ride and keep riding. I directly benefit from his skills and he is my biggest influence and now I get first hand material so that’s great too.
Finestone made the team although they haven’t really been able to compete much in the past year due to the pandemic. However, it could have been a blessing in disguise as it gave him more time to hone his skills.
“[This year’s] been a bit tricky just depending on [the fact that] I haven’t competed in a while but again it was a good season because we had the opportunity to have training camps with the team which was very helpful Said Finestone. “This year was really about developing tricks, and it was really good to have just, I mean I wanted the pressure, but it was also good not to have it, just to sit and to focus on certain things. I think it worked the best for me. “
As his first year on the team approaches, Finestone continues to focus on developing tricks and the little things like strengthening his body that will help him reach his next goal of someday making the national team. slopestyle.
“I think a great thing obviously is to focus on my snowboarding and tricks development but I’m thinking for myself right now, [I’m focused on] strengthen my body so that, when I’m on the snow, I can progress and move forward as quickly as possible, ”he said. “But I’m happy and it’s a new step for me so I’m learning and it’s exciting for sure.”