Name Jean Sapula
What do you do professionally in the snowboarding world? AASI snowboard
instructor at Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT.......Strength and conditioning
specialist, working with all athletes, but especially with snowboarders and
Started riding in what year? 1989
Where did you grow up? East Hartford, CT
Live now? East Granby, CT
Fave places to ride? Grand Targhee, WY; Solitude, UT
Do you warm up each day before you ride? Most times
If so, what do you do to warm up? Lower body work, squats, lunges, to
get the blood moving, then a bunch of stretches.
How keep in shape in season? With coreboard training classes and indoor
climbing wall at the gym, lifting weights, not real heavy, just for
How keep in shape for snowboarding out of season? I do a lot of fun,
summer stuff, like kayaking, mt. biking, hiking, along with vew-do board
and core training, and yes, more weights.
Do you ever get bummed out about your riding, and why? I get more bummed
about the fact I'm not living out west ripping through a foot of fresh
powder on a daily basis.
How do you fix it? Do a nice trip to Montana, Wyoming, Utah, etc...
What safety equipt. do you wear, use for snowboarding? Helmet,
sometimes wrist guard gloves for playing in the pipe and park.
What have you
read: Lance Armstrong's "Every Second Counts", anything by Tess
Gerritson, Bad Cat, by Jim Edgar
listened to: Ben Lee, Nickel Creek, Girlyman, Crooked Still
seen: Ben Lee's movie from Sundance..."The Rage in Placid Lake"
that you liked lately?
Where have you traveled to lately that you like? My last trip to Utah,
to Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird and Snowbasin was amazing.
Anything that not many people know about you that you would like to share?
I have 6 toes on one foot....no, just kidding.....no, but really, even
though I am a snowboarder, I do not have any tattoos.
Encouraging words for beginners? Stick with it....take a lesson and
practice, practice, practice.
Advice you want to share? Yes, in the immortal words of Ben and
Jerry..."If it's not fun, why do it?"