Name: Chance Caswell
What do you do professionally in the snowboarding world? (Eg. teach at...,
write for... etc.) I teach snowboarding full time in the winter. For
countless seasons up until now I've trained the staff and taught the public
at Belleayre Mtn. where I was given the title Snowboard Technical Director.
I also work for the Eastern Division of AASI (the American Association of
Snowboard Instructors) on their Educational Staff as a Development Team
member. My work for AASI is to travel around to mountains in the Eastern
Division to clinic and train instructors who wish to become certified by the
organization. There are three tiers on the Ed Staff ladder the first being
Dev Team, the second being Examiner Training Squad and the top is being on
the Board of Examiners. As a requisite to be on the Ed Staff you must be a
certified level III instructor.
Writing: I have been published by The Pro Rider magazine, and The SnoPro
which is the regional publication put out by PSIA-E / AASI here in the east.
Started riding in what year? I think it was either '93 or '94.
Where did you grow up? Live now? I grew up under the shadow of Belleayre
Mtn., (Catskill Mountains, NY state) where I still live today...though green
plates states (CO and VT) are calling my name.
Fave places to ride? My favorite places to ride are the moguls and the
half pipe, wherever I can find them. Though I was very taken by Kirkwood
and pretty much all of Lake Tahoe.
Do you warm up each day before you ride? I do not "warm up" before I
ride. Believe it or not I usually head right to the gnarliest trail my
mountain can muster for the first run, after that I'm warmed up.
How keep in shape in season? Since I ride every day during the season
that usually keeps me in shape, although the beer and resort food can rout
all that effort.
How keep in shape for snowboarding out of season? During the off season
I purge from beer and the chicken wafer greasy fry combo and hike the
Catskills. I also own a balance board which I fiddle with now and again.
Do you ever get bummed out about your riding, and why?
How do you fix it? When I get bummed with my riding its usually boredom
about my surroundings. Riding everything on the mountain switch has helped
me to keep fresh. Jibbing also makes me happy.
What safety equipt. do you wear, use for snowboarding? I periodically
wear a helmet, and I habitually wear a brace on my bum wrist.
What have you read that you liked lately? I've been reading some
interesting stuff about how people learn. Also Super System by Doyle
Brunson....a must for all serious Hold 'em players.
Where have you traveled to lately that you like? I'm headed to LBI (Long
Beach Island, NJ) Saturday for a week of sand and surf!
Advice you want to share? My advice on riding is in order to get better
you have to find your comfort zone and then consistently push its limits.