This season I’ve been board testing for Rome Snowboards. The board I was supplied with has no graphics or name on it, but you can tell it’s a Cross Rocket. Read on for the review I just sent to Rome… Overall statement: Best all-around board I’ve ever ridden, for my style of riding… but then[…]
The Freeski and Snowboard Junior Nationals are on right now at Cardrona and I was lucky enough to be involved as one of the judges for the older age groups in the snowboard slopestyle. We had three age groups to judge: 12-14, 14-16 and 16-18, both male and female. The judging was based on overall[…]
While a large majority of my season this year was focused on 360 work, I did spend a chunk of the winter training instructors for Cardrona ITC and Examining with SBINZ. My work with Cardrona ITC was a few days a week, training a very fun group of eight international trainees on a 10-week-long instructor[…]
This past winter in Japan has seen me spending much more time on snow than usual. My role with Niseko Academy has become all-encompassing… training, guiding, coaching, instructing, not to mention the web site, design, photography and videography. Fortunately, the range of roles hasn’t seemed to have effected the level of product I am delivery.[…]
Here’s a fun stop-motion edit from one of the trips I was guiding in January this year with Powder Detours to Asahidake – one of my favourite spots in the whole of Japan.
Every year I make the winter migration back to Japan for a period of time. Unlike most winter migrations this one follow the snow. Based in Niseko for a few months of guiding and coaching, my short powder-filled winter here is a hard thing not to …
Last year I worked on a collaborative project re-writing and expanding the SBINZ Instructors Manual for Snowboard Instruction New Zealand (the snowboard division of the NZSIA). My role here involved writing numerous sections, photography, image editing and diagram design, layout, and compiling and editing contributions from other Snowboard Examiners. Initially the manual was only published[…]
Working with Niseko Academy in Japan this year has been a lot of fun. Here’s a stop-motion video I put together of a trip with some of our trainees to one of my favourite Japanese ski resorts, Sapporo Teine.
This year we decided to wrap up our season in Wanaka, NZ by filming the closing day at Cardrona. Such a fun day, riding with Roberto Marfia, Jesse Druxerman and others. Here’s the edit I put together, all filmed with a GoPro…
Last month we launched a new website for a business I’m becoming more involved with in Niseko, Japan. The company was originally called Instructor Training Academy, but we have just re-branded it as Niseko Academy. This particular website is for t…