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Keeping the Shred Dream Alive

Photo Stephen Garretson gee-photo.com

Eugene resident, LCC student and snowboarded Kyle Richner won a nationally competitive scholarship from Academy Snowboard Company for his ability to mix the fun of snowboarding with school and work.

“We chose Kyle because of his love for snowboarding, drive to get kids stoked on and off hill, and entrepreneurial spirit,” Erich Dummer, media director of Academy Snowboards said in an article in Transworld Snowboarding. “We know it’s not a lot of money right now, but we’re always stoked to give back to the snowboard community and keep the shred dream alive for fellow riders that are sacrificing powder days while going to school,” he added.

Richner, 21, is a passionate snowboarder who has been boarding since he was 12. “I started getting really serious about three years ago — I rode about 98 times last winter,” he said. “Now I’m competing and working as a snowboard instructor.” To be considered for the scholarship, he submitted a video essay and riding footage to Academy Snowboard. He won 1 percent of the local region’s sales, about $500, to put towards his tuition, two snowboards and a free summer session at Windells Ski Resort in Sandy, Ore.

A sophomore at LCC, Richner plans to transfer to the UO next year to study business. He aspires to one day open his own snowboarding and skateboarding shop — he won the scholarship in part because of his creative entrepreneurial spirit. With the prize money, he said, he is looking forward spending a little less time shuffling pizzas at Domino’s and a little more time hitting both the books and the slopes. 

Applications for next year’s foundation scholarship are due on April 14. “I think you should keep pushing yourself,” Richner says to aspiring snowboarders. “It’s important to go beyond your comfort zone and never give up.”