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A snowboard blog designed to develop snowboarders snowboarding skills and technical understanding through means of written and pictorial bio-mechanical articles, weekly snowboarding tips and freestyle trick how tos.
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Snowboard Coach BASI Level 2 exam starts

basi level 2 snowboard coachMarch in Bansko sees the start of the snowboard coach BASI Level 2 course.

After 10 weeks of training in Bansko, Bulgaria, the snowboard coach gap students prepare for their 2 week technical and teaching exam. The course started yesterday with warm and wet conditions up on the mountain.

Lyndon Boddey and Ash Newnes make up the trainers for the two groups in which a total of 17 riders are going for there Level 2 Instructors Cert.

This is a great week to be involved in and I’m stoked to be riding with the guys. Best of luck to them all!

See here for who passed: Snowboard Coach BASI Level 2 exam ends

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Synergy Snowsports Park Tour

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If you haven’t yet heard the hype about the Synergy Snowsports Park Tour happening next month then listen up. From the 14th – 20th of March Synergy will be Davos for 4 nights and travelling out to nearby resorts for some freestyle action before moving to Laax for the last 2 nights.

The aim is to give you the opportunity to ride and be coached in not one but 6 parks, yes that’s right you heard it…! Synergy will take you read more

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Surfing tips ‘n’ tricks from Mike Raven

Always wanted that cut back or down the line explained in more detail, with frame by frame pictures? Well now you can, with a little free helpful advice and clear explanation from surfingtipsandtricks.co.uk

Mike Raven, owner of Raven Surf School, has put together a neat little website. Together with photos Mike uses step by step stages to explain those common but all important manoeuvres.

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Spot the gap in the trees

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An afternoon spent with the snowboard coach BASI gap students in Bansko, Bulgaria. We headed deep into the trees after a welcome snow dump at the start of February. Up to 4ft in places.

All smiles at this point, those that went a bit too far into the woods know how this one ended up. Lets just say it was a very ‘educational’ session part of the snowboard coach program!

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Hiking for some lines – Bansko Backcountry


Photo by Ash Newnes
Working in Bansko for the winter as a snowboard coach it’s nice when the sun comes out, as it did on Sunday afternoon. We took the opportunity for some fresh lines. A short hike lead to some nice terrain being found. A few banks to slash and gullies to ride.

A busy week coming up for the snowboard coach gap students so lets hope there’s some more snow on the way next week.

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Early season pow and tree hugging

Another week with a group of students on a snowboard coach performance week in Bansko, Bulgaria.

Getting fresh lines early in the season seems to have a price to pay, in this case a small bit of tree hugging. Always nice to give a little back to mother nature.

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Bansko mountain restaurant in ruins.


One of the mountain restaurants in Bansko, Bulgaria was still smouldering when we rode past early this morning. Situated at the bottom of t-bars lifts, that lead up to Todorka peak, the restaurant was little more than burnt out wood and piles of snow. Guessing that it must have burnt down sometime during the early hours of this morning, damage was read more

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2010 Snowboard Coach Gap Course

After a 3½ hr flight and a 2 hr transfer I have just arrived in the ski resort of Bansko in Bulgaria.

For the next 3 months I will be working alongside Ash Newnes, BASI Trainer and Owner of Snowboard Coach giving snowboard instruction, lessons and coaching in Bansko, Bulgaria.

I will also be working with 8 out of a total of 15 students on this years 2010 Snowboard Coach 10 week gap course taking place in Bansko, Bulgaria. I will be working with them in preparation for their BASI Snowboard Level 2 exams in March. They will be assessed on both technical and teaching aspects over a period of 2 weeks.

After passing my Level 3 BASI snowboard teacher level last season this will be my first year working with potential instructors. Looking forward to a great season.

Throughout the season I will also be delivering performance courses through Snowboard Coach – check them out for snowboard instruction, lessons and coaching in Bansko Bulgaria.

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