This year I turned 20 and made a decision that will affect the rest of my life. I decided to undertake a snowboard instructor course and have just qualified to become a level 1 Snowboard Instructor and I still have another 54 days left at Revelstoke to hone my riding and teaching skills. It took me a long time to save up for the course but thinking about that mountain feeling, cold fresh air on the face, I knew I'd forget every hour of graft: It was totally worth it! I love to teach and I love snowboarding... What other course could I have chosen? I always thought it would be an honor to introduce someone to the best sport in the world, develop their skills and hopefully make sake someone as passionate about boarding as I am.
I'm very passionate about bodybuilding and the gym here is great! For me training hard makes me feel awesome, but also adds athleticism and strength, giving you more power in your turns and quicker reactions. Lower body strength exercises; heavy, deep squats improve my lower body strength massively which in turn helps my snowboarding, especially in that deep Revelstoke powder! Core strength helps all over the mountain, but on jumps, cliff drops and spins is key. Also mentally, training regularly is therapeutic and clears my head, allowing me to really concentrate on getting better on my board.
"Travel, shred, teach, learn, I don't think it can get much better than this!"
The terrain at Revelstoke is nuts, super challenging, and I love a challenge! I learn so much everyday just due to the difficulty of the terrain. If you make a mistake the terrain lets you know, and kicks your ass, unforgiving to say the least, I kind of like that. The best teacher you can get is the mountain. Every day here is its own adventure, it's an incredible place! I'm really looking forward to the Level 2 exam, I want to pass so badly, and I'm working so hard towards it. I just hope it's enough, they don't give these qualifications away. The people here are awesome, we've got skiers, snowboarders, trainee instructors, people just looking to improve their skills, and guys that want to carve a career out of the backcountry too, it is great to have that difference but also that common love for the mountain! It's just constant smiles and laughs, everywhere you look. The camaraderie and banter are quality. Every single person here is having the time of their life, that's all that needs to be said. Revelstoke is the best place I have ever been in my life; the mountain, the nightlife, the people, the town, it's just awesome. There are no words to describe how much I love Revy, I just can't do it justice!
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