7 Questions with Snowboard Team Member Chris Rogers
Catch up with members of the PSIA-AASI National Team, and the candidates who have been invited to 2021 Team Selection, as they discuss how they are staying in shape this summer, making goals for next winter, and creating new education resources for the association.
This week we catch up with AASI Snowboard Team member Chris Rogers, who said that although he was looking forward to National Academy and Team Selection at Breckenridge before it was canceled, there have been plenty of silver linings this summer.
How are you staying busy?
I was planning to return to New Zealand this summer, so the surprise offseason has been full of side projects and adventures. I’ve been working on remodeling my bathroom – although it’s not so much fun, I’m excited for the finished product. I’ve also taken up fly-fishing and golf, two things I’ve always wanted to learn but never made time for. And then, of course, paddleboarding and wake surfing as much as I can!
What is your go-to offseason workout?
I run a couple of miles most days, lift, and stretch at home. Mountain biking, paddleboarding, wake surfing, and wake foiling fill in the rest.
Big goals for next season?
Teach, train, and travel as much as possible. I had a great season traveling and leading training events last winter, and I am hoping to keep that up this year. With Team Selection pushed back to April 2021, I’ll continue to train, learn, and develop as I get ready to try out for another term on the team. I’m also launching an online ski and snowboard school training platform this fall with the goal of connecting instructors across locker rooms to train and develop.
Which digital resource would you recommend for other members?
Our digital manuals are my go to resource. Having access to the manuals digitally is a great way to reference information anywhere, any time. I’m also looking forward to sharing more about online training this fall.
What’s your favorite snowboard movie?
That’s It, That’s All
What educational initiative or taskforce project are you working on right now?
There has been so much awesome work by the national taskforces, and now a lot of the work load has shifted to implementation at the divisional level. I’ve been working with the Rocky Mountain Snowboard and Freestyle Committees to start to translate the work that’s been done into tangible changes for the clinics and exams we’ll be offering this coming season.
Any shout outs to share?
Props to all of the trainers and participants who’ve been crushing it on Zoom, webinars, and online social gatherings this summer. You’ve proved the viability of alternative methods of clinic-ing and sharing information, and I’m excited about the future it will bring!