For the second time in his career, Kevin Hill can call himself Canadian snowboard cross champ.
The Vernon product finished in second place in the Sport Chek Canadian SBX Nationals at Kelowna’s Big White Mountain behind American Roger Carver.
But because Hill was the top Canadian, he was named national champ.
“I was very happy to finish ahead of all of my teammates, anybody would be,” laughed Hill, 27. “But I was disappointed I got passed and that the American beat me.
“Being No. 1 in Canada is always a treat to be able to say that to people, so winning nationals is exciting.”
Hill, whose family was in attendance for the nationals, won the time trials, beating Carver by half-a-second. But Carver had the better race in the final.
Robert Fagan of Squamish finished third.
The race in Kelowna marked the end of Hill’s season, one which saw him gain national attention with his eighth-place finish representing Canada at the Sochi Olympics.
Hill was on pace to earn a berth in the gold-medal run when he was clipped from behind. He finished second in the event’s small final to place eighth.
With the season done, Hill will take a bit of time off to try and drum up sponsorship to continue his snowboard cross dreams.
“There’s not a lot of money in snowboard cross, so I’ll take some time to try to figure out some sponsorship,” he said.
“I may go up north and work for four or five months if the (national team) coaches allow it. I think they will because of the good season I had. It’s also nice to take a bit of a break.”
Hill was also Canadian snowboard cross champ in 2011.