You don’t necessarily have to be born on snow to become a World Championship-level snowboarder, as Victor-Segundo Chavez Garcia from Peru is proving. The snowboard cross athlete is the first Peruvian ever to qualify for FIS Snowboard World Championships, reaching the minimum 50 FIS points required with a 14thplace finish at the FIS South American Cup in Ushuaia last September. With this result, Chavez is heading to the FIS Snowboard World Championships in Park City (USA) in February 2019.
Chavez’ career started on sand. At the age of seven, Chavez fell in love with Sandboarding, a sport virtually identical to snowboard but held on big sand dunes. He used to dream about being an Olympic Snowboard athlete, a feat not easily achieved in Peru. His will and determination brought him to four World Championship titles in Sandboarding and in 2009, the now 30-year-old represented his country on snow for the first time. Now Chavez is on to the next step, his premiere on the big stage of snowboard cross.
The Peruvian is currently at a training camp in Europe and raced in the Europa Cup at Isola 2000 (FRA). His big childhood dream remains: a start at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.