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!