Pro Log

Teaching tales and tactics.

Those who can...

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Occasionally I receive some goodies from Rome SDS in my inbox (I think it has something to do with their affiliation with CASI). There doesn't seem to be a discernible pattern as to when they arrive — I haven't made much of an effort to notice a pattern mind you — which makes it a pleasant surprise every time. The most recent newsletter included a link to a Shred TV video: a trick tip by Johnnie Paxson to learn/perfect nollies. After viewing the video, the instructor in me decided to add his own two cents.

The Young and the Restless Snowboarders

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I've often been asked by parents how old a child should be before they start to learn how to snowboard. I usually tell them the guideline set out by the ski school, and the Canadian Alliance of Snowboard Instructors, is to discourage kids from taking up snowboarding before the ages of six or seven. As a professional instructor, I've always accepted this guideline. However, as an expecting dad, I'm anxious to be able to share snowboarding with my offspring and have found myself questioning whether this is really a guideline, or simply a rule of thumb.