Undoubted one of the best snowboard coaches in Whistler, Pro Ride’s head coach Duncan Mainland has been working with our team for over 10 years now and as head coach he over sees all the day to day training to ensure campers are progressing, achieving goals and having fun. Duncan is one of very few CASI level 4 coaches in Whistler and also holds his Park 2, CASI evaluator, NCCP 1, CSF Comp. Dev certifications.
We asked Duncan a few questions (see below) so you can get to know him and there's a short 2013-14 season edit which sums his skills right up. For those of you lucky ones coming out to ride with us this winter you’re in for a treat.
Winter is rapidly approaching, and with it, we are all waiting for - Snow. Arapahoe Basin and Killington are already open for business in the States and the white gold has already started hitting the Alps, and Japan which is great news for our Japan Powder Trip in February.
Closer to home, Whistler Blackcomb athletes Mark Sollors and Chris Rasman were cutting fresh lines on the Blackcomb Glacier last weekend, where weeks of precipitation have raised hopes of an early opening.
Fresh Tracks on Blackcomb Nov 1st. With snow falling heavily in the Alpine over the past 2 weeks we have our first sneak peak of current conditions in the Alpine. Whistler Blackcomb teamed up with some local athletes in a heli mission to the top including Mike Douglas, Ashleigh McIvor DeMerit, Rory Bushfield, Mark Sollors, and Chris Rasman and discovered it is looking like winter. The countdown to official opening day on November 27, is on.
Will Jackways, long time friend of Pro Ride, has been a leader in the New Zealand snowboard scene and around the world for years. This guy can shred pow with undeniable style, as seen in his Japan pow edit from last season.
Winter may be but over summer riding is just gearing up!
Come out for an awesome week of summer snowboarding with Coaches Duncan, Lisa, Meghan, Luke and more! Camps are freestyle focused with early upload privileges to get in a full days riding in the camps own private snowboard park, followed by a relaxing afternoon or evening in Whistler Village.
This year see's the introduction of an Adults only specific sessions starting June 20th and for those with children the junior camps start June 27th and July 4th. Space is limited on all sessions so if you are looking to travel out make sure to book soon.
Congratulations to Sabrina Lynch, Caren Strote and Joel Potter who all successfully passed the CASI level 2 exam last week. The level 2 requires advanced riding and tecahing skills so we are super proud of this great achievement. This year Pro Ride had a 100% pass rate for all level 1 & 2 exams.
Pro Ride coaches Neil Connolly and Duncan Mainland both attended Whistler’s Fifth Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Event helping to raise for The Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society Programs in WHISTLER, BC (April 21, 2014)
The team at Pro Ride Snowboard Camps would like to say a massive congratulations to Marc Veronese and Raffaella Vaz for being recognized by the Blackcomb Snow School for the amazing instructors they have become over the past year. Raff received the Blackcomb Rookie of the Year award while Marc was awarded Blackcomb Pro of the Year.