Karen Rabin -
Reviewer for SnowboardSecrets.com, and Realtor : )
Started riding in what year? 2003 - first ride ever in Lake Tahoe.
Where did you grow up? Miami, Florida
Live now? Santa Barbara, Ca / Parkland, Fla, / Park City, Utah
Fave places to ride? Aspen Snowmass, Park City, Whistler
Do you warm up each day before you ride? You bet!
If so, what do you do to warm up? I do about 15 mins of stretching
and start out riding really slow and easy for first couple of runs.
How keep in shape in season? I snowboard as many days as I can get in
(51 this year...would have been a bunch more if Whistler hadn't turned out
so dry), and I run on a treadmill on off days.
How keep in shape for snowboarding out of season? I run 3-6 miles a few
times a week and Kickbox - I keep in mental shape by reading as much as I
can get my hands on about snowboarding...SnowboardSecrets.com, other
in-the-stores magazines and any books I can find on the subject.
Do you ever get bummed out about your riding, and why? Of course I get
bummed out. Every day that I am afraid to take a jump, or to push to the
next level...ok ok, I'm old and have that excuse, but even for my age, I get
scared of getting too much air.
How do you fix it? I take lessons. Lots of lessons. Next season I'm
going to focus on lessons in the park and hanging out with younger
kids...for us 'old' farts...it's the best way to get and stay brave(er) (so
remember that you guys when you look back and there's some old guy or girl
trailing behind you...you can make a difference in this guys life - or
What safety equipt. do you wear, use for snowboarding? I never never
never ride without two things: Helmet, Wrist
Guards. Period. ...and most of the time I ride with knee pads, and
sometimes (when in the park) I keep on my 'AZZ
(butt) PADS'. (The older you are, the
more those falls hurt).
What have you read that you liked lately? I recently read "Pretty Good
for a Girl" and think that all girl (and guy) riders should read it (show
support for pioneer and fellow girl rider author) - see
review here and sort of off the
subject, I love watching the clips from this skateboard trick site
otherwise, I'm always looking for a great snowboard book.
Where have you traveled to lately that you like? I love South Beach
in Florida. The perfect place to just hang out and do nothing all day. And
then there's the nights...well, mostly I sleep, but for the younger crowd -
Anything that not many people know about you that you would like to share?
Well, if I wanted to share, more people would know, so I won't mention
that I am DYING to take drum lessons and play in a band.
Encouraging words for beginners? If you're over 30 DO NOT TAKE THAT
FIRST LESSON WITHOUT BUTT PADS! ...and if
you're under 30 and want to feel better the next day...you too. And never
without wrist guards...the FLEXMETER is
the best and safest! - no matter what age.
Advice you want to share? Never give up! You get better just after
that last run when you think you never will...it's the next one that cranks
you up a notch.