Sunday, July 27, 2014

Coaching at Windells Camp

I had the pleasure and opportunity to coach at Windells Camp this summer for 3 sessions, and cannot think of a better way to get back on the snow realistically after knee surgery. It is a truly special experience to get to pass on your knowledge and love of sport to future generations, and I had a wide variety of kids to do so.  Ranging from 6 year olds who had never snowboarded that came all the way over from China- to kids all the way up to 17 that merely traveled from Washington. Coaching is something that takes lots of time and patience, but it is so worth it. It also helps you get back to the basics and make yourself re-learn certain things you thought you had, or have just skipped over because they make you uncomfortable. The kids challenged me and I challenged them everyday, and man do they have  a ton of energy! I look forward to spending many more summers at Mt. Hood and specifically at Windells Camp, thanks for having me! Also, huge thanks to Nick Visconti for hiring me on this summer, it was the best possible situation coming back from this injury.

Trillium Lake

My camper Austen and myself on top of Palmer

 Getting my camper Mumi all situated.

 Coaches selfies at Multnomah Falls

Coach Ashley, myself and a couple of our campers at the Portland Zoo!

 Got to shred on my birthday!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014

My stepdad has been a huge influence in my life, and snowboarding career. He has been driving cars professionally for a decade longer than i've been alive and at the top level at that. He is a truly humbly, awesome person, and so supportive about my decision to pursue my passion in snowboarding. I was so pleased to be able to watch him in action in Colorado Springs this past weekend 6/29/14. Rick was racing a 58 Lister Jaguar as a tribute to the 50's and the "can do" generation with a salute across the back for his late father (Fred Knoop, and the Navy Seals.) This car screams America! Rick is a very competent race car driver and although this car was not meant to climb hills, you would never had known by the way he drives. Smooth maneuvering and years of experience landed Rick in 2nd place in the Super Unlimited class (the fastest class at Pikes) and this was only his 2nd time at Pikes Peak. He finished the 12 mile race with 5,000 plus feet of vertical to end at 14,110 feet in 10:16 seconds, putting him in 9th overall for the cars. Very proud to have been there to watch him do what he does best!

Lucky for me the day before the race I got to spend it with my family and boyfriend at one of the most beautiful places I have been recently; The Garden of the Gods. 

St. Elmo Ghost Town

My mother came into town last week as my Stepdad was racing up Pikes Peak. We had a ton of fun exploring Colorado and adventuring around my neck of the woods. Here are some photos from St. Elmo Ghost Town.

Photos; Cydette Knoop

Fydelity Stereobags, Mixie Bikes, and Discrete Headwear

Discrete Headwear; Photos  Cameron Payne

Huge thanks to Mixie Bike for sending this bike to me for my knee rehab, along with Fydelity Stereobags for keeping me going! Loving the Keystone, CO life. 

Photos; Cameron Payne

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