Israel Planas, Spanish Snowboard Cross manager, dies in Barcelona
Israel Planas was manager of the RFEDI snowboard cross team, and the Spanish national manager of the discipline since the 2011-2012 season
Last Wednesday, March 15th in the evening, Israel Planas parents informed the Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation that he had suffered a stroke in the morning in his house in Barcelona, and that he was hospitalised in critical condition. Immediately after, RFEDI President May Peus España and the General Director Olmo Hernán, travelled to Barcelona to follow his evolution and to support his family in everything they may need.
Planas, aged 41, from Barcelona, was a pioneer in the Spanish snowboard and wakeboard. At the beginning of the 90s he started competing with hard boots and, a posteriori, he passed over to soft boots, and he even participated in FIS halfpipe races. As an athlete, he also participated in San Candido 1997 FIS World Championships in the giant discipline, accumulating five participations in the World Cup. He was a snowboard teacher at the Candanchú training center.
As a manager, he was a motivational and empathic professional who achieved great results with the athletes Lucas Eguíbar, Regino Hernández and Laro Herrero, forming team with the skiman Luca Trionte and the trainer Jesús Pérez.
Lucas Eguibar obtained the SBX World Cup title in 2015, and was third in the 2016 edition. He accumulated 8 podiums and 2 victories in the World Cup, an olympic diploma in Sochi 2014, and he also won two silver medals in SBX and SBX teams’ alongside Regino Hernández in Sierra Nevada 2017 FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships.
Regino Hernandez also has a long career in top-level competitions. He was Junior World Champion in 2011, ranked third in the World Cup race in La Molina 2014, has participated five times in the World Championships -obtaining the abovementioned silver medal in Sierra Nevada 2017- and has taken part in two Olympic Games. Regarding Laro Herrero, he has participated in two World Championships, ending in the 7th position in Kresichberg 2015. He also has a long career in the World Cup and one participation in the Olympic Games.
President of the RFEDI, May Peus España, stated, “Isra has been a revolutionary and a forefather in the Spanish snowboard. He was an excellent professional, and we thank him for his dedication all these years. He has always worked with absolute professionalism, apart from his impeccable personal treatment towards his athletes and the rest of the RFEDI teams. We will miss him. I would like to send my condolences on behalf of the RFEDI to his family and friends.”