Snowboard

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Windells Academy’s snowboard program is led by Head Snowboard Coach, Tommie Bennett.  Our program has a balanced approach to having fun while training and competing, where Tommie ensures that snowboarding improves our students as people every day.  His dedication to our students’ well-being, progression, and safety is unsurpassed. Growth opportunities are limitless in training, traveling, and competing through our dynamic programming. Our Balanced Training System™ incorporates industry-leading facilities both on and off snow, both here at Mt. Hood and across the country. Through carefully planned opportunities, students develop important life skills that include time management, teamwork, and independence.

Windells is the world’s exclusive academy than offers students on-snow training, all year long.  With the Academy nestled at the base of Mt. Hood, access to the mountain’s year-round snowfield allow for training on real snow, every month of the year.  Windells Academy has partnered with Timberline Ski Area to offer students the only Private Park™ in North America during the months of August, September, October, and November.  This provides students an advantage for upcoming winter competitions to those who can only train during the winter.

Tailslide
Our campus also offers world-class training facilities which include a dry slope, two Olympic-sized trampolines, a “Super Tramp,” and much more, to maximize training off the snow. The students’ schedules include trampoline clinics that are led by our coaches twice a week, with access to supervised trampoline sessions daily. In addition, Windells Academy has in-house workout equipment to help students build muscle strength to enhance performance and decrease risk of injury.

 

Tramp

Video review is conducted daily by coaches and is an essential part of our training program. This allows students the chance to analyze their performance, helping them further understanding of how they can improve.  Goal sheets are completed at various parts of the year to measure student progression and to establish a clear path for their progression.

 

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Competition season brings many travel opportunities for students. Depending on their level of ability, coaches compile a competition schedule that meets their goals and matches their skill level. In the past, students have traveled domestically to events such as USASA Nationals, Revolution Tour, Volcom’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Rail Jam, Transworld Snowboarding Trans AM, Dew Tour, US Grand Prix, and X-games. Internationally, students have traveled to the European X-games and various World Cup events.

Sierra Rail Jam Champ

While athletics are a primary focus at Windells, it is important for us to provide students with long term opportunities outside of their athletics, as well. Frequently scheduled “industry trips” to the offices and warehouses of ski, snowboard, and skateboarding companies give students the opportunity to build connections and understand the concept of networking. Companies that we visit include but are not limited to Nike, Mervin Manufacturing (GNU, Lib Tech), K2, Ride Snowboards, Poler, Transworld Magazine, Oakley, Saga Outerwear, Skullcandy, and Dakine. Tours are often led by company team managers and marketing managers, giving students a perspective of life after sports. This leads students to pursue jobs in the industry that allows them to continue their passion of the action sports after pursuing their dreams of being an athlete.  This also gives athletes a chance to meet industry leaders for sponsorship opportunities.

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