Sarah Burke was so much more than just a successful athlete; She was a leader in the sports community, a respected media personality, and an action sports icon. She was also an activist and a philanthropist, who devoted much of her life to helping others.
On Friday March 18th, over 25 girls joined forces to “Send it for Sarah!”. Hosted by Horseshoe Resort and sponsored by Roxy, the day was dedicated to the legacy Sarah left behind, pushing the boundaries and supporting women in action sports.
The day started off with the girls signing in and getting unreal swag bags from Roxy, who was one of Sarah’s lifelong sponsors. The ladies got organized and started their day by enjoying an hour of yoga led by Melissa Tolley, there was deep stretching, some meditation, and laughter to ensure nothing but positivity for the day ahead. The morning was followed by on hill warm ups, riding and park laps. Sarah’s inspiration was felt all day under the blue bird sky and constant dance parties. After a lunch time BBQ, the girls got to send it on a custom build by Bosse Snowparks. With a rail deck with multiple options, and a double bowl on the bottom, the lines were endless and the girl were progressing and pushing each other at an exceptional rate.
After the girls wrapped up their on hill activities, the après party started in full force. The party started with movies like Seven Sunny Days, in which Sarah had a bad ass part, to Pretty Faces an all girls ski movie. Industry reps had donated countless items to the silent auction and raffle tables, which seemed to be the hot spot for the night, as all proceeds went directly to the Sarah Burke Foundation.
Roxy Swag Bags for all the girls
Yoga led by Melissa Tolley
Raffle Table full of donated items from industry reps
Group shot of some out of the Girls on hill
Jessica Vander Kooij and Gordon Burke
Overhead shot of the custom build from Bosse Snowparks
Roxy Rider, Bailey MacDonald sending it over the spine
Nightime Rail Jam Action
Gordon Burke, Sarah’s Father, and Jessica Vander Kooij, one of Sarah’s childhood friends, were on site all day from the Sarah Burke Foundation. Gord talked about Sarah’s childhood growing up at Horseshoe, and how these were the types of events she would fight for, and make herself a part of. You could tell Gord is a proud father and is passionate about celebrating the legacy she left behind.
The day ended with a winner take all cash prize rail jam in the evening. Chloe Stormgaard, a 13 year old Freestyle skier took home 1st place in the Women’s ski. The Women’s snowboard, men’s ski and men’s snowboard were rounded out by Kiranjit Phagurha, Bruce Oldham and Danny Glibota respectively.
Sarah was a trailblazer, a pioneer of her sport and an inspiration to thousands of women. Every woman in freestyle skiing owes something to Sarah; she fought hard for equality and proved to the world that women deserve a place on the podiums of half pipe and Slopestyle. Her presence was felt all day and her legacy was celebrated. Melissa Kurtin, from Horseshoe Resort has said that Horseshoe would like to make this an annual event, as Sarah is an idol and inspiration for so many young riders. The event raised just over $3,000 for the Sarah Burke Foundation, and would like to increase that in the years to come.
Special thanks to Roxy, Horseshoe Resort, Rockstar Energy, Sarah Burke Foundation, Bosse Snowparks, Josh Mac Media, ZacJac Photography, all of the industry representatives who donated to the silent auction and raffle tables and all those who volunteered and supported the event.