Meet the Geeks
The Geeks of Shred is the digital megaphone of four instructors that live to share their snowboard experiences. It all started over some pre-shred breakfast where we had an “aha moment”. We realized that snowboard instruction, technology and the culture is all we talk about. So why not share it and build a community that enjoys it as much? And that brings us to today where we thank you for checking us out and invite you to participate, give us feedback, and more importantly come ride with us. Make sure to subscribe on Facebook, Twitter or by email and keep tabs on what we are up to.
Works full time as the snowboard staff supervisor at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT. He’s been riding for twenty years and has been teaching for ten. He gets just as excited about watching a new rider link their first turns, as watching any one throw down. When not at the mountain you will most likely find him at home with his wife ,a former instructor,and their two young boys, and yes the 2 and 1/2 year old has already been on a board. Otherwise he might sneak out to play a game of soccer or a round of golf. During the summer he tries to avoid smashing his thumbs with a hammer while being distracted by how to make a smoother toe side turn. He’s been told he better slow down in the trees, but that just doesn’t sound like any fun.
When I first showed up at Sugarbush Resort and tried out to be a snowboard instructor I had only had one lesson in my life, was on almost entirely borrowed gear, and hadn’t been snowboarding in 4 years. Much to my surprise I got the job. Its been a crazy learning curve and I’m now going into my 5th winter working full time as an AASI certified snowboard instructor and ride staff trainer. When not teaching I can be found riding in the trees or parks and geeking out with the Snerds. In the off season, I enjoy surfing, cooking, fast motorcycles and traveling. I’m currently working on a sequel to my first children’s book, “Earl’s Big Adventure in Costa Rica.” Stay tuned because in this one Earl the monkey travels to a far away land for his first big adventure on snow.
So I taught my self how to snowboard! Strapping on my board and lining up for a beautiful jump we had just built…” Game plan? not much;Hopes, get air; success? do you have to ask…I could barley stand up let alone line up anything, that was over 20 years ago. For the last 9 years I’ve been developing my skills as rider while having the opportunity to share my passion for snowboarding…all I had to do was become an instructor…When I’m not on the hill you can find me cooking with friends, playing some lax , or relaxing in the recliner( gotta rest them bones) and of course,in order to pay to play you’ll find me “banging nails” in the off season.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela my beginnings as a sideways traveler were not on snow. Skating and surfing were my addiction. After moving to New England in 97 and experiencing my first winter I quickly realized I could not be inside for 5 months out of the year and surfing in freezing waters was not an option. The obvious alternative was snowboarding. I started riding in 1999 and after getting involved with Burton Snowboard’s Chill program I discovered a passion for instruction. Fast-forward to today and I can be found teaching and riding at Sugarbush resort looking for deep stashes with the crew and finding ways to meld skate and surf on snow.