The OISA (Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association) is an organizing body established in 1999 by Bruce Sato and some awesome parents who were looking to give their children an opportunity to compete against each other on a interscholastic level. Over 20 years later we are still going strong and continue to provide an opportunity for competitive high school snowboarding.
The OISA is committed to the development of high school snowboarders of all levels in the state of Oregon (and Southwest Washington). Team development and competitive events work to build individual achievement in an inclusive atmosphere that fosters long lasting bonds with teammates and other competitors. With a dedication to coaching excellence, a focus on safety, and an insistence that everybody has fun, OISA events are a highlight of the winter for many of our student athletes.
Memorable Places & Events
Teams closer to Mt Hood compete & practice at Mt Hood Meadows. The Southern Oregon league does everything at Mt Ashland with occasional trips to Mt Bachelor for halfpipe competitions.
Most teams practice one night a week, usually Wednesday or Thursday after school. Teams are run independently so which night and how the rider transportation can vary. Most teams have a bus for practice nights.
OISA athletes compete in Individual Banked Slalom , Boardercross , Slopestyle and Halfpipe events. Comps are the highlight of the season and riders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.
We have many teams dispersed throughout 4 leagues in the state. 3 on Mt Hood: Metro League, Gorge League, Three Rivers League and the Southern League at Mt Ashland. Each league is comprised of 5 to 8 teams. At competitions riders compete individually and the results sorted into Squads of 4 to be ranked interscholastically. At the end of the season in March riders that have qualified.
Interested in competing but your school doesn’t have a team already? We have a plan for that, Affiliate Teams. Teams of less than 4 riders can use the resources of a larger team. We have large conglomerate teams in each league that share coaching & busses but on competition days they compete for their own school.
OISA is fortunate to enjoy support from different snowboard manufacturers, shops & camps. As a result every year at the State Finals Awards Ceremony we award several boards, piles of softgoods and a week at High Cascade Snowboard Camp for one lucky qualifier.
Additonally The Shredwell Scholarship is awarded annually to an outgoing senior who qualified for State, as well as the Hiefield Scholarship which helps with pass costs for riders.
Our athletes are required to meet all eligibility requirements per the OSAA as a club sport. Like other winter sports we check grades at 2 points in the season.
OISA Mission Statement
The OISA is committed to the development of high school snowboarders in the state of Oregon, through coaching excellence, individual excellence through team development and competitive events.
–OISA Mission Statement
Who We Are
The OISA Board is comprised of volunteers who feel passionately about snowboarding and the opportunity which we provide for our members. Currently our Board consists of the following members:
Joined Board: 2013
Ben grew up in Bozeman, Montana where he coached for 7 years at Bridger Bowl. He moved to Mt. Hood and began coaching with the OISA in the fall of 2009. His winters consist of coaching the Sandy Snowboard Team as well as coaching with Timberline Freestyle and working at the Next Adventure. During the summer months he coaches for Timberline Summer Snow Camps, and fills in the off months doing new and remodel construction work.
Aside from snowboarding, Ben works on old RVs and hits jumps in new ones.
Snowboarding has had a very positive influence on Ben’s life in high school and since. He continues to work with the OISA because it is a great way to share the sport and the outdoors with current high school students.
* for real this time. Ben has given immensely to the org over the years and is due a turn to step back.
Joined Board: 2015
Jamie’s grandparents met in the ’30s riding in the back of an ambulance up Loveland Pass in Colorado and made sure that their children and grandchildren spent as much time on the mountain as possible.
It was on one of those trips in the mid 80s that they paid for a snowboard lesson and rental. After a couple of seasons in Big Bear in the 90s, Jamie moved back to Colorado, then within a couple of years had the opportunity to relocate to Portland for work and has been here since.
Mt Hood & Mt Bachelor provide ample opportunity for progression in various conditions leading to well rounded snowboarders. He’s excited to be working with the OISA to help develop our young men & women into confident riders that find fun in all of the challenges in our 10 month season.
Joined Board: 2016
Lisa started boarding in the mid 80’s at Mt. Ashland where she was frequently stranded at the top of the run while a liftie borrowed her board for a trial run to see how it worked.
Her winters are spent on the snow and summers find her backpacking, hiking, and camping. To support these habits, she is a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students throughout Yamhill County.
Lisa raised a Boa Constrictor named Joey that grew to six feet long. She never did get Sea-Monkeys. She can roll her tongue and roll her ‘R’s but she can’t whistle. She loves cinnamon bears and is the only person in the known world who does not drink coffee. Her claim to fame is that she set her school’s flex arm hang record in 5th grade.
Joined Board: 2019
Rhonda introduced her son and his friends to snowboarding in 2008. They loved snowboarding so much, Rhonda and her friend started a team for the Beaverton area high school students. That snowboard team evolved into what is now Westside Riders Association and includes students from all six Beaverton School District high schools. Rhonda joined OISA in 2019 as Treasurer.
During thes ummer, Rhonda enjoys hiking and going to the beach with her family and 3 dogs.
Three Rivers League
Joined Board: 2018
I was born in California and split my time between Idaho and California. I started skiing when I was 3 in McCall Idaho. That is where my love of the mountain started. I have 2 beautiful daughters and I taught both of them how to ski. Fast forward my oldest daughter Kyli one day taught herself to snowboard and then joined the West Linn High Snowboard team and the rest is history!
I enjoy being up in comp days and helping the teams! I loved watching Kyli excel at a sport see loves!
I will always be a skier amongst all the snowboarders!!!
Joined Board: 2018
I have been snowboarding for over 30 years and our entire family snowboards.
I am president of the OISA Southern League and the Medford Snowboard team. My wife Dawn and I have 3 children, Lexy who is a junior at Lewis and Clark, Kayla who is a freshman at University of Colorado Boulder, and Deryk a 7th grader at Hedrick middle school.
The entire family snowboards and in the summer we wake board and wake surf as well. We have a variety of pets. I am an avid NY Yankee fan (native New Yorker) and I collect classic cars and motorcycles.
Joined Board: 2017
Todd started snowboarding during high school in the late 80’s on Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor. He worked hard to keep a few midweek days open for snowboarding during college and quickly learned that if he was leaving the parking lot at Mt. Bachelor 22 minutes before class started, he could make it on time. Even on powder days. Now he’s a traffic engineer and small business owner.
Refusing to let the corporate world get him down, he became involved with the OISA in 2014 when his son was a freshman. He has seven bicycles and two unicycles, which his wife thinks is excessive.
Birte von Kampen-Balderas
Joined Board: 2020
I grew up in Northern Germany and started snowboarding in the early 90’s after moving to Portland via a short stint in Los Angeles to attend art school. I am self taught and still can’t ride switch! I taught my kids to board when they were young. In 2016, I made my daughter sign up for the Lincoln Snowboard team, and we found “our people”. My Volunteer Career took off after making coffee runs on competition days. Besides interning with OISA, I currently manage Lincoln High School SB Team, and acting as secretary for Metro League.
When I am not actively house wifing, working, or volunteering, I can be found in my happy place: either on a mountain, on the ocean, or in the ocean. I love sailing, gardening, and building things that are not always functional. To support my work-life balance, I build props and sets for photo and video productions. My free lance schedule allows me to tend to powder days or the perfect surf on an uncrowded weekday.
My superpower: I can hang ten on a one foot wave and am really good at making spreadsheets. My kids and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of this incredibly positive community, while growing as people and snowboarders. I am looking forward to helping out on the OISA Board with whatever is needed to support our current and future high school riders.