Team Summer Adventures: Brian Donovan
Catch up with PSIA-AASI National Team members as they share their summer adventures and how it keeps them on their game for winter. Here’s how AASI Snowboard Team member Brian Donovan spent his summer.
What’s been your go-to summer activity or big summer adventure?
I spent my summer getting back to activities that were difficult to do during COVID like travelling, visiting friends and family, live sporting events, and playing outside.
Skateboarding has always been a terrific compliment to snowboarding for me. I’ve gone through phases of street skating as a kid growing up, to finding more enjoyment out of transition skating and ramp skating for the last decade. I spent a lot of time this summer exploring new skateparks all over New England and skating with new people.
I donated some old skateboards to peers getting into the sport and spent time skating with them. I also took an active role writing a petition to my local town officials to save our local skatepark from being “re-purposed.”
How does this keep you physically and mentally engaged in the offseason?
Skateboarding is the low hanging fruit as both a way to stay sharp with the physical skills needed for snowboarding as well as a mental exercise in how skateboarding movements translate to snowboarding, and coaching snowboarding. I’ve never found another activity that perfectly mimics snowboarding like skateboarding does. It challenges me to work on my balance and pay attention to the connection between my body movements and the resulting performance I get out of my skateboard.