First Chair, Last Call Podcast: Surfing Pow on a Wakefoiler and E-Learning

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Podcasts

My latest episode of Last Call on the PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast is up! This one is all about my experience learning to wakefoil on Slingshot’s Wakefoiler, the benefits that you can receive from trying new activities, and how e-learning opportunities can help you (or your students) get a leg up on learning something new.

Wakefoiling is a totally different sensation, and has been challenging and rewarding to learn. Have you tried wakefoiling? Let me know in the comments


Have a listen, and then check out the video from a recent wakefoil session!

First Chair, Last Call: Passion, Career Paths, and Adventures in Education

By Chris / On / In Interviews, Podcasts, PSIA-AASI

PSIA-AASI just dropped another edition of our First Chair, Last Call podcast. This one ties into PSIA-AASI’s new vision statement “Adventures in Education,” and is about following your passion, pathways to a career in the industry, and a little of my journey through the industry.  Read more “First Chair, Last Call: Passion, Career Paths, and Adventures in Education”

Fluidstance – The Level Balance Board

By Chris / On / In Gear, Reviews

Lots of companies talk about work-life balance, but few do it as literally as Fluidstance. Fluidstance makes a series of balance boards designed for working at a standing desk, or anywhere you want to add a little movement into standing tasks.

I’ve been using a standing desk in my home office for several years now, ever since the “Sitting is Killing You” infographic came out in 2011. The infographic makes some rather bold announcements like “Sitting increases risk of death up to 40%,” and “Sitting makes us fat,” but does a really good job of highlighting some of the changes we’ve experienced as our jobs have become more dependent on computers.

I enjoy being on my feet. I guess it comes with the territory when spending 150+ days snowboarding and skiing, and another 50 days a year paddleboarding, surfing, hiking, and camping. But along with the adventures comes plenty of time at a desk. Whether it’s sitting down to type up a recent adventure, or at the computer for my role as Manager of Training for the Vail Ski & Snowboard School, there’s no escaping some amount of time spent in front of the screens.

Read more “Fluidstance – The Level Balance Board”

First Chair Podcast: How Paddleboarding Helps You Keep Your Snowsports Edge

By Chris / On / In Interviews, PSIA-AASI

Following up on my article on paddleboarding as a great activity for training ski and snowboard fitness and balance in the Spring issue of 32 Degrees, George Thomas and sat down a couple weeks ago to record another podcast for our Last Call edition of PSIA-AASI’s First Chair. Hope you enjoy it, let me know if there are things you want George and I to chat about in our next podcast!

 

A Few Fall Days on the Snake

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog

After years of wanting to attend the Summer Outdoor Retailer show the timing worked out last fall. As usual, the road trip to Utah quickly turned into planning a bigger adventure, and by the time I left Vail the subbie was packed for a weekend of camping and paddleboarding in Wyoming with fellow AASI Snowboard National Team Member Eric Rolls.

With a couple of days of tradeshow exploration complete and a full tank of gas, we hit the road Friday afternoon and pulled in to Alpine a few hours later. After scouting around the National Forest Service dispersed camp sites we found a great spot by the river and set up our camp for the weekend.

Day 1 was a full day paddleboard float on the Snake River, starting in Grand Teton National Park from Deadman’s Bar down to the Moose Landing visitor center; the second time I’ve done this stretch. Grand Teton National Park is among my favorite of our national parks, one of the few that conjures the same grandeur and scale of Denali National Park (my backyard growing up). With every turn of the river the Tetons stand large, impressing themselves against the sky. I’m convinced it may be the most beautiful stretch of flatwater in the country.

With the boards inflated, board shorts on, and a few drybags of gear strapped down, we pushed into the current and began the 10 mile paddle. This part of the Snake is labeled Advanced but not because of rapids. The river braids extensively in this area, and downed trees create snags and strainers. The loose gravel bed shifts annually with snow, ice, and river flow, causing additional changes to the river. On a paddleboard, these changes are less of an issue, thanks to the portability and easy portage. Nonetheless, proper safety gear is important, and Eric and I both traveled with helmets, life jackets, and waist belt quick-release leashes.

Roughly halfway through we found the perfect gravel bar to grab some sun and eat lunch before continuing down the river. As we put back in, we found a little offshoot to river right and explored it, following it for a while before rejoining the main river. This is where we found a tree that had fallen across the river. It took a few tries, but I successfully stomped the first “hippy jump” I’ve seen on a paddleboard, jumping over the tree while the board traveled under. Further down the river we had to fully portage where a crafty beaver had closed off the river.

After rejoining the main river we quickly found ourselves at Moose Landing and hitched a ride back up to our car at Deadman’s before returning to camp. All in all, an awesome day on the river, and a great warmup for the next day.

Drying off back at camp

Day 2 was the bigger adventure on the Alpine Canyon portion of the Snake, but that’s a story for another blog. Huge thanks to the companies like Big Agnes, Hala, Patagonia, Mountain Khakis, and Burton that help make trips like this awesome!