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The World of Robyn Van Gyn Hot

Robyn Van GynBeing voted one of “Canada’s 50 Coolest People” seems like it might be accompanied by a great deal of pressure, but if you're Robyn van Gyn cool, it’s just another day in the life of being a professional snowboarder.

Van Gyn earned the honor (and also won a brand new car) after her canvass submission was selected as one of the most creative in Nissan’s Hypercube Contest, a competition seeking to discover Canada’s 50 coolest and most creative individuals.

The canvass was a reflection of her personality – a collection of charisma, characterized by quirkiness, humor, passion and a ton of snowboarding ability.

The 28-year-old, Whistler native, who is Roxy’s first Canadian rider, embodies what is right in the snowboarding culture, riding with love and spreading that excitement to up-and-comers.

On the mountain most of the year, Van Gyn, who jokes that she would be a dentist if she wasn’t a snowboarder, is either carving new lines in the backcountry, competing worldwide or sharing her knowledge of the sport with aspiring riders.

The bulk of Van Gyn’s energy is devoted to the MGT Snowboard Camp for Girls in Calgary where she wears several hats as manager, coach and promoter. It’s her passion for giving back that fuels her involvement at MGT and it doesn’t hurt that she gets a lot of extra time on the mountain.

The same is true for her coaching gig at the South America Snow Sessions, a camp held every summer in Bariloche, Argentina, where she is the head women’s coach. For Van Gyn, it’s an incredible opportunity to give back to young female riders and stay on the mountain throughout the warmer months up north.

She’s also starred in multiple snowboard films like Runway Films’ “See What I See”, Peep Show’s “Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow” and several Roxy Refreshment clips. Those film experiences motivated her to tackle filming head-on during the 2010-11 season, in which she is seeking to pull of her best video part to date.

During those precious days when Van Gyn’s calendar is free of snowboarding duties, you’ll find her gardening, tearing up Vancouver and Whistler dance floors or tuning up through yoga and exercise.

Van Gyn has her endless reserve of energy and “go get ‘em” attitude to thank for her incredible success to this point. Combine that will her charming personality and no wonder she’s one of snowboarding’s darlings.

And who said Canadians aren’t cool?

-Ryan O'Leary 

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