Board of job? No way!

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

The way Raewyn Reid sees it, a rough day in the terrain park still beats hanging around an office.

Sure, there's pressure to cash a paycheque -- something she wants to do during this week's $50,000 Burton Canadian Open halfpipe and slopestyle competition at Canada Olympic Park -- but earning a living in boots and bindings is still a "dream come true" for the born-and-bred Calgarian.

"Things change a little when it becomes your job to snowboard," she said. "But whenever I'm having a bad day, I remind myself I'm just snowboarding and I'm here because I love it."

After all, it wasn't that long ago Reid was shredding for free -- or even paying to be on the slopes.

Fast-forward a few years and the 20-year-old is a rising star on the international snowboard scene. Her appearance in the Runway Films flick See What I See garnered rave reviews, and when Transworld Snowboard magazine conducted its 2008 rider's poll, she was voted the female rookie of the year.

"It's always nice when people know your name," Reid shrugged.

"I've just had a lot more coverage this year."

Reid is a slopestyle specialist and gets her biggest jolt out of hitting jumps and rail features, but she'll also compete in the halfpipe this week.

Unlike halfpipe, slopestyle is not an Olympic event, making the X-Games the carrot for trick-artists like Reid.

There's rumblings slopestyle will eventually debut as an Olympic demonstration sport, but Reid isn't losing much sleep over the future of the sport.

In fact, she'd rather be shooting videos than entering competitions and chasing Olympic gold.

"There's a lot more snowboarding that comes with it. I think it's a lot more creative," Reid said.

"With contests, you're trying to land your runs and you can definitely be creative, but you have to make sure you land your runs and you don't mess up.

"(With video shoots), you just kind of wake up, go hit a bunch of stuff and go eat and go to sleep."

Reid honed her talents in the terrain park at COP, so she'll be serving as a de facto host this week with some of the world's best riders in town for the first Canadian instalment of the popular Burton Global Open series.

American series leader Jamie Anderson headlines the women's slopestyle field, but Reid and fellow local favourite Leanne Pelosi will be fighting to keep the crown in Calgary.

Women's slopestyle qualifying starts tomorrow at COP, although the bulk of the top riders are already guaranteed a spot in Saturday's semi-finals.

In men's slopestyle pre-qualifying yesterday, Quebec's Will Lavigne posted the best two-run total score in the opening heat and headlines a list of a dozen Canadians advancing to the qualifying round.

Calgarians Jed Anderson, Ryan Hall and Dwayne Wiebe also kept their hopes alive.

The second men's pre-qualifying heat was postponed because of windy conditions and will be contested today. Women's halfpipe qualifying also starts today.


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