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Lauren Traub Teton

Name Lauren Traub Teton

What do you do professionally in the snowboarding world?
Editor and Creator of: SnowboardSecrets.com, SnowboardEventsCalendar.com, SnowboardRegistry.com, SnowboardPROfiles.com, SnowDealSqueal.com and a few other sites.

Started riding in what year?
Dec. 2000. Took my first lesson the Spring before, but then there was no more snow to get on.

Where did you grow up?
Framingham, MA.

Live now?
North of NY City. In the country.

Fave places to ride?
I am an East Coast Girl, and have never met a snowy slope I didn't like. And I always have a great time at Stratton, VT.

Do you warm up each day before you ride?
Almost always.

If so, what do you do to warm up?
All kinds of stretches that look funny to the other people in the lodge.

How keep in shape in season?
Yoga and other stretching. Bikram Yoga when I can get there. Those one-footed balance positions in Bikram give me the same kind of foot cramps I sometimes get snowboarding. I'm trying to work through it. I think I'm gripping with my feet and shouldn't be.

How keep in shape for snowboarding out of season?
I start doing wall-sits in September for my quadriceps. I do Oriental dance, which I think helps so much with core strength, posture, balance, timing, poise, and grace when I ride. Wakeboarding is great and reminds me of snowboarding. I will try surfing again, even though I think I almost drowned at it a couple of summers ago.

And I wouldn't think of snowboarding without practicing yoga, at this stage in my life. I'm no spring chicken, and I detest the thought of getting injured and having to sit out during snowboard season. I think my off-slope training, good alignment, and healthy dose of caution helps me prevent injuries on the slope.

Do you ever get bummed out about your riding, and why?
Sometimes I feel like I'm on a plateau, and not progressing. I felt that last winter (2004 -2005).

How do you fix it?
I just keep at it, take a lesson, and hope it's true what they say that "the mileage adds up" and turns into experience.

What safety equipt. do you wear, use for snowboarding?
Remember I said above that I really DON'T want to get injured? That's my main priority. And my protection regime has worked pretty well for me since I started riding.

So I always wear tailbone protection (Azzpadz), in-line skate knee pads, helmet, and the only glove proven to reduce wrist injuries (Flexmeters) I am proud that I respect my body this way, and I don't care if you think I'm a kook!

What have you ... that you liked lately?

read?
I loved Richard Branson's autobiography "Losing My Virginity." There's a guy who knows how to have fun while working!
He started a national magazine for students when he was just a teenager. Not for the money, but because he was passionate about making his idea come to life.
I identify with him and work at my snowboard websites for the same reason.

Also enjoyed "The Answer Is Never: A Skateboarder's History of the World" by Jocko Weyland,

listened to?
The band Jet. They make me want to dance. They are an old-style kickin' rock and roll band, pilfering Iggy's riffs. I would love to see them live. (I mean LIVE, rhymes with "jive." Not like Liv Tyler.)

seen?
I'm still blown away by the film Festival Express with it's newly released scenes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Rick Danko, Buddy Guy, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more all jamming on a train. Some of the musicians were experimenting with alcohol for the first time here.

Loved "Dogtown and Z-Boys" too.

Where have you traveled to lately that you like?
Vieques, Puerto Rico

Anything that not many people know about you that you would like to share?
I can ride a unicycle. But not on snow. Although I haven't tried it.

Encouraging words for beginners?
Wear protection, ESPECIALLY your first times out. That's when you'll really need butt and knee protection. And if you think you'll like snowboarding, stick with it. Your first day is the hardest day you'll ever endure on the slopes. After that it gets easier!

You may want to read "You Don't Have to Hurt Yourself to Snowboard."

Thoughts you want to share?
I have found some unpleasant snowboarder personalities on the slopes, who think only 18 year old boys with attitude should snowboard. This is a small minority.
I have also encountered some of the nicest people I could imagine, and I look forward to meeting more of those nice people like you, who are reading this. Namaste.

posted 8/05

 

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