Canadian Skateboarders Preparing for First Ever Olympics

Canadian Skaters are Gearing Up.

Watch Your Morning‘s video interview with Canadian Annie Guglia HERE.

Canadian pro skaters are beginning to gear up for their first ever Olympics that is being held in Tokyo this summer. 

Annie Guglia from Montreal is hoping that skateboarding’s exposure to the mainstream will increase the public’s interest and acceptance of the sport, while inspiring more people to start skating.

“I really think it’s (the Olympics) positive for skateboarding, for the Canadian skateboarding community, for the world skateboard community, for girls in skateboarding, too, because it’s going to be showcased just the same as the men’s,” says Guglia.

Canadian Annie Guglia, skater.


Olympic skaters will be competing in two disciplines, park and street. Canada will have seven men and four women competing in both of these disciplines, Guglia says. 

The park division features skaters dropping into ramps or bowls, and performing aerial tricks while attempting to gain height .

Street skaters will execute tricks on handrails, staircases, ledges, benches and transition. Guglia is the current Canadian women’s street league champion.

In order to qualify for the Olympics, competitors will be taking part in a tournament series put on by skateboarding’s international governing body World Skate.

Guglia currently sits on the board of directors for Canada Skateboard, which formed in 2016 as the national sport federation for skateboarding in Canada.

“We have a national event series that’s happening in Canada this year, for the first time it’s like a new pathway to becoming an Olympic athlete,” Guglia said to CTV’s Your Morning.

“We’re one of the top nations in the world, we can be really proud of what we’re doing with Canada Skateboard.” 

We absolutely could not be more stoked to see our Canadian pro skaters head to Japan this summer. Skateboarding will be making history at the Olympics this year! We’ll be cheering you on, Annie.


Olympic Skateboarding Teams Gears Up For Tokyo 2020!

Olympic Skateboarding in Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

The Evolve team could not be more stoked that skateboarding is now an official summer Olympic event, and will be making its debut this July in the Tokyo 2020 games. Last weekend, The Berrics hosted an exclusive media day showcasing the USA Skateboarding Olympic hopefuls. The event gave mainstream news outlets the chance to meet this historic team, the staff behind the scenes, and listen to what the skaters had to say about their prospects for 2020. 

A total of 40 male and 40 female skateboarders will compete in Tokyo 2020 when skateboarding makes its debut at the Olympic Games. Half will ride in the park event, obtaining points for gnarly mid-air tricks off half- and quarter-pipes, and other complex transition, while the street event allows the other half of skaters to showcase their immense skills on a course comprised of stairs, handrails, ledges, benches, walls and transition.

Skate Olympic Rings

For more information about skateboarding in the Olympics, you can read the skateboarding page on the official Tokyo 2020 website here. However, skateboarding is also considered to be a lifestyle by many skaters across the globe. Watching skate videos/reading skateboard magazines by both renowned and independent skate companies can help you understand skateboarding’s essence and cultural significance. 

We suggest:

Skateboarding is about to gain even more exposure on a historic international platform, hopefully inspiring numerous individuals to get on a board and experience what skateboarding’s all about. Stay tuned for more news about skateboarding in the 2020 summer Olympic games!



The BEST Place to Shop for Kids Snowboards in Toronto!

You don’t need to leave Toronto to find kids snowboards.

BOARDSPORTS is Toronto’s premiere shop when it comes to all things, well… board sports! Originally a core windsurfing business, it evolved from Wind Promotions and became BOARDSPORTS to reflect the stores broadening focus on all board sports. Conveniently located at 105 Vanderhoof Ave in Leaside, their store is always stocked with awesome kids snow gear. The staff at Boardsports are always excited to get people out riding, and want to make sure you’re safe and comfortable doing it.

KIDS Boardsports Storefront in Leaside, Toronto

Not to worry if you can’t make it to the shop! You can also conveniently shop for kids snow gear online on BOARDSPORTS’ website. They ship items Canada-wide, and within the continental United States. They also offer Free Canada Post Expedited Shipping on orders over $99.99 within Canada! In their snow section, you can find kids gear underneath the gender category, labeled as “youth”

There are SO many awesome deals going on right now at BOARDSPORTS, head on over to their website to check it all out!

BOARDSPORTS’ price guarantee.

BOARDSPORTS guarantees the best price in Canada on items for 15 days from the date of purchase.

If you find a lower advertised price from an Authorized Canadian Dealer, or if BOARDSPORTS advertises the product for a lower price, they will provide you a store credit for the difference.

CLICK HERE to learn about the terms and conditions that apply.

Snow Camps 2020 is just around the corner!

Now is the perfect time to head on over to BOARDSPORTS with snow camps just a few short months away! 

Not registered for Snow Camps 2020 yet? No worries! There are still a few spots left. CLICK HERE to claim yours now.

Looking for kids skis & snowboards in the GTA?

Corbetts has kids covered.

Finding the perfect snowboard or skis for your kids can seem like an impossible task at first. But really it’s all about knowing where to look and finding the right people to ask. We want to help point you in the right direction!

Corbetts Ski & Snowboard is an incredible Oakville storefront and online retailer offering a remarkable selection of kids skis & snowboards, and so much more. If you live in the GTA, Corbetts is just south of the QEW East of Dorval street in Oakville (120 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON L6K 2E7). Head on over and say hello to their lovely staff, and they’ll be happy to help fit your kids with the right equipment. Otherwise, as long as you have access to the internet, Corbetts can ship to you! Their website is user-friendly, organized and clean, which makes online shopping with them super convenient.

CLICK HERE to check out their awesome kids ski collection, and CLICK HERE to check out the kids snowboard selection. Corbetts carries trusted brands such as Armada, Lib Tech, Vans, Volcom and Oakley. The term “jr” (short for junior) is used quite often in athletic contexts when referring to kids gear. Corbetts has all the junior-sized gear you need for SNOW CAMPS 2020 this year! To name a few things:

Warehouse Sale!

Not only does Corbetts have a selection that makes shopping for your snow camper quick and convenient, but they offer prices that won’t break the bank. Check out the GIANT Corbetts Ski + Snowboard Annual Warehouse Sale at The International Centre (Hall #3) this weekend – October 17-20 2019

Corbetts warehouse sale banner, kids skis & snowboards

The event offers 30,000 sq ft. of deals with prices up to 80% off. They have thousands of famous brand ski and snowboard equipment and outerwear liquidations at unbelievable prices.
Corbetts Ski + Snowboard produces this event exclusively, so the costs are all as low as possible.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Corbetts annual warehouse sale, and save today!


If it’s going to be your first time skiing or snowboarding this year, we understand it can be both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.  But your potential anxieties should not diminish the anticipation of starting to learn an incredibly fun snow sport!

Taking the time to ensure you’re prepared for everything that lies ahead will help alleviate some stress, guarantee that your first time skiing or snowboarding with Evolve will be a fantastic experience, and leave you waiting for the next Saturday at snow camp! For returning campers, this can be a helpful refresher when preparing for your next year with Evolve.

What you’ll need to get started.

This checklist will ensure that you are prepared for each day of snow camp this season! Keep in 

Skis, poles & ski boots.

mind that although this is presented as a numbered list, each piece of equipment is equally as important as you won’t be able to hit the hills without them. 

Staying warm, protected and comfortable are all SUPER important when taking lessons with us. We want our campers ready to rock & roll as soon as we get to Mount St. Louis Moonstone every Saturday, so make sure everyone’s familiar with all of this gear! (It also doesn’t hurt to practice taking it on and off, either)

1. Snowboard & Bindings/Skis & Poles

If you do not own a snowboard or skis, these can be rented from Mount St. Louis/Moonstone. Ski bindings vs. snowboard bindings.However, if you are in the market for your own board/skis, it’s important that you purchase ones that are appropriate for you (your height/shoe size, and your experience level). 

For snowboarding, you will discover that there are three types of snowboards you can buy. All mountain, alpine, and freestyle. For beginners, freestyle is the best type to get as they are typically smaller and easier to control.

For skiing, you’ll notice there are a lot less obvious distinctions between downhill ski types, as all mountain skis are the most common. Skis are different when they need to be for specialized types of skiing (i.e, racing, moguls and jumping). Beginners and terrain park users are best to go with all mountain skis

Bindings, more often than not, come with the board or skis you purchase. Bindings are the mechanism that fasten your boots to your board/skis. They come in different sizes according to your shoe/boot size. If you decide to rent, the resort employee will assist you in finding your correct sizes and ensure you’re ready to shred.

2. Snowboard boots/Ski boots

Ski boot vs. snowboard boot.

These specialized boots are designed to connect you to your board/skis through the attached bindings. You can also rent these at Mount St. Louis/Moonstone, but it is not recommended for snowboarding. Snowboard boots are designed to mold to your feet specifically, so owning your own pair will be far more comfortable out on the hill. Snowboard boots come in regular men & women shoe sizes, but the fit can vary amongst different companies. Your boots should be snug, but not tight to the point of restriction. It is important to walk around and jump up and down in your boots to test your range of motion as well.

3. Proper weather-resistant socks (and a SPARE PAIR)

Having cold feet can absolutely ruin your entire day out on the hill. It is SO important to get on Thermal snow socks.the bus each week wearing a clean, dry pair of thermal socks, with a spare pair in your backpack just in case you get a soaker. 

You’ll thank yourself. 



4. Ski/snowboard helmet

At Evolve Snow Camps, it is absolutely MANDATORY for ALL campers and staff to be wearing a helmet at ALL TIMES on the hill. Snowboard helmets.Your brain is the most important organ in the body, and is important we protect it!

Snow action sports helmets begin at the back base of the cranium, have ear coverage (some are removable) and protect the entire skull. Most have a clip at the back to secure your goggle strap, and ideally they are insulated with ventilation as well.


5. Snow jacket & pants

It’s not uncommon knowledge that with skiing and snowboarding comes a little bit of contact with snow. Therefore, it is SUPER important that your outer shell is completely wind and waterproof. It’s also good to have pants and a jacket that have ventilation, allowing sweat to escape and keep you dry.

On the hill, weather can change on a whim so having snow gear that gives you temperature control is paramount. Some snow pants come with suspenders, which are very useful for campers that are shorter in height. Others come with belt-loops or an adjustable waist. Either way, having secured waists, pant and arm cuffs is awesome against letting snow enter your pants or jacket. 


6. Snow gloves/mittens 

Just as we’ve stressed how important it is to keep your feet warm and dry, your hands are just as significant. Now, it is up to the individual whether or not they prefer to wear mittens or gloves. Having some sort of waterproof, insulated hand protection is critical in having a great day on the hill (preferably ones that cinch at the wrist to keep the snow out!). 

It is also good practice to make sure the mittens or gloves you choose are durable, as contact with ice and bindings pose a chance of tearing the fabric.                                 

7. Snow goggles 

Snow goggles are essential in battling glare from the sun and snow, protecting your face and eyes from falling/spraying snow, and the wind while riding down the hill. They are a very necessary piece of equipment, as your eyesight is imperative in making sure you navigate yourself in a safe direction while riding.




8. Base & mid layers 

Last but certainly not least, it is important to be wearing appropriate clothing underneath your snow pants and jacket. It is good to wear your thinnest thermal clothing as your base layer, and wear the looser, thicker layers over top so they may be removed if necessary. 





POCKET WARMERS are an AWESOME way to quickly heat up chilly hands and toes. They look like a large tea bag, and when taken out of their packaging they react with oxygen to create heat! Just put them in your mitten, glove or boot, and feel the instant relief. They’re a great stocking stuffer, and something to keep in your backpack to have ready to go every Saturday.




Questions about Evolve’s Ski & Snowboard Lessons?

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the upcoming snow camps season! Just e-mail