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Snowboard Geek


andyEat, Breath, Sleep Snow. Living the dream

BY ANDREW JAY – SNOWBOARD GEEK

I’ve been snowboarding for 13 years. I started when I was 16 – the college offered a trip and I thought it looked cool. Now, when I’m in the mountains, I just put the tunes on and go and ride. Everything else just does not matter – it’s just you and the run before you.

I’ll listen to anything – hip hop, classical, punk – anything with a good beat.

My favourite conditions are nice white fluffy powder, like we’ve had since the start of the season here in Big White.

I hate ice. I broke my collarbone on the ice once. It was a really cold day and I was taking it carefully through the village – it was about -30 but I didn’t have any speed. I heard it snap. I knew right away.

I hate ice. I broke my collarbone on the ice once. It was a really cold day and I was taking it carefully through the village – it was about -30 but I didn’t have any speed. I heard it snap. I knew right away.

I recovered quite quickly. It was the season where I was training to become an instructor and I’d already passed my level 1. A lot of people said, ‘Why don’t you just go home?’ but I wanted to get my level 2. I was told it would be an 8-10 week recovery, but after 6 weeks I passed my level 2. I think it was because I stayed positive, I looked after myself, drank lots of milk and orange juice and took Arnica. Hey - I was in Canada so I was happy! I love it here and I’m a photographer as well so I just went out with my camera. The day after the accident I hiked up to the half-pipe with my camera and took loads of pictures of the guys – if I hadn’t been injured I might never have done that.

Now I’m always careful – I wear a helmet, like most other boarders – and always have two feet in the board going through the village!

I always feel like I’m training – I like to try to improve. If I’m not instructing I’ll go out and find the harder terrain and work on any feedback I’ve been given. I love pushing my limits. I’m quite a bad critic of myself. I like to ride with high level riders when I’m out and try to emulate them.

I really admire Don ‘Swifty’ Swift, he’s 80 and still instructing! He can rip like some of the young ‘uns.

I’m here from 10 October until 10 May, I worked all summer to save to get a truck this year and take more road trips. Next summer I want to go to Australia or New Zealand and do back-to-back seasons.

I love instructing, one of the best feelings in the world is getting someone into the sport for the first time. There’s a very few of us who can say ‘I love my job’ – you don’t get paid a huge amount, but you wake up in the morning excited to get out there. I want to live in Canada and do back to back seasons until I’m 80!

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