Snowboarder on a slope

Alex Massie


Canadian Alex ‘Bubz’ Massie had an incredible debut season in 2014-15, riding to bronze in the men’s snowboard-cross SB-LL2 at the 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships.

His best finish before that was on home snow in Big White, where he finished just off the podium in the banked slalom.

He also reached the podium in the prestigious X-Games in 2015, winning a bronze in the adaptive snowboard-cross in Aspen, USA.

Last season, Massie finished sixth in the World Cup overall rankings.

Massie lost his left leg below the knee in a wake-boarding accident in 2011, but continued snowboarding and will now take on the likes of US Paralympic champion Evan Strong and Finnish world champion Matti Suur-Hamari in the 2016-17 World Cup circuit.

He will also get the chance to represent his country on home snow at the 2017 World Para Snowboard World Championships in Big White, Canada.

At the age of just 20, Massie is a promising prospect for his country for the coming seasons and in the lead-up to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Partner Courtney
Pointe au Baril, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He initially took up snowboarding at age four when he got a board for Christmas in 1999. Following his accident, he began Para snowboarding in late 2014.
Why this sport?
He followed his older brothers into the sport. He likes the adrenaline rush the sport gives him. "No matter what, if I'm having a bad day or good day, once I start snowboarding everything usually goes away."
Club / Team
Team Unicorn: Ruka, FIN
Name of coach
Par Sundqvist [club], SWE

General interest

Bubz [given to him by family when he was a child. It refers to the literary character Ali Baba]. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018;, 15 Nov 2016)
Ice hockey, mountain biking, wakesurfing, photography, videography, skateboarding, golf, football, fantasy football, watching the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team, fishing. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022, 07 Mar 2018;, 15 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his first Winter X Games medal, a bronze at the 2015 edition in Aspen, CO, United States of America. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His family, and Finnish snowboarder Mikko Wendelin. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
His grandfather James Cardno Massie, Finnish snowboarder Eero Ettala. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022, 07 Mar 2018)
After recovering from his wakesurfing accident, he fell while getting out of the shower and broke his amputated leg in three places, including two breaks in his femur. "That actually hurt more than losing my leg." (, 12 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He never shaves during a competition. (NPC Media Guide, 01 Jun 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My big one I always say to kids is, you know the old thing about how 'the grass is always greener on the other side'? The truth is, the grass is always greener where you water it. So if you want to have a good happy life, you've got to put in that work, and go out and water your lawn." (, 12 Mar 2018; Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame in Barrie, ON, Canada. (, 31 Dec 2016)
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 14 Mar 2018)
He was involved in a wakesurfing accident in 2011 at age 16. His left leg was struck multiple times by a boat propeller, which resulted in his left leg being amputated below the knee. (, 12 Mar 2018; Athlete, 07 Mar 2018; CDN Paralympics YouTube channel, 13 Feb 2018;, 26 Jan 2015;, 01 Jan 2015)
Other information
At 191 centimetres tall and weighing more than 100 kilograms, he says people are often surprised to hear he is a snowboarder. Before his accident, he played ice hockey at AA minor level in Canada and football with the Barrie North Collegiate Sr. Wildcats. "I'm not the same size as most guys [who snowboard], I'm a lot bigger so I ride knowing that I'm bigger, and that I don't get pushed around out there and so it allows me to go into a corner [strong]. I try to race smart and not do risky things that are going to endanger anyone but you know, if you're in a corner and there's a guy beside me and we touch, I know that I'm probably going to ride away and he won't." (, 12 Mar 2018;, 14 Mar 2018)

He wears a ring with his family crest and motto on it. "It's my family crest. The motto at the bottom is 'Fac et spera', and it means 'Do and hope'. My dad once told me when I was a little kid, it's easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission. So, go out there, try it and hope it works out." (, 14 Mar 2018)

While based in Canada during the northern hemisphere summer months, he has worked for his family's waste collection business by driving a garbage barge. "It's a business I actually inherited from my older brothers, so that's one of the kinda cool things. I live up in my cottage in the summer, and everybody that's up there lives on islands. So, there's no way really for them to get their trash to the station, and so like 40 years ago someone had the great idea that there needed to be a garbage man." (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018;, 19 Nov 2016)


Unit Date Rank
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-24 3
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-28 9
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-04 4
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 6
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 11
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 10
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 6
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 4