Edmonton – Coaches

    Brennan Pratt

    Competitive Programs

    Favorite snowboarder – The Helgason brothers
    How long you have been snowboarding – Since 1998
    Weird hobby – Poorly singing along to songs as I driving through traffic to get to Rabbit
    Favorite past time other than snowboarding – Climbing vertical rock faces
    Favorite snowboard trick – Fs boardslide 270
    Why you got into coaching snowboarding – Being able to give back to the snowboard community and foster a new generation of snowboarders. To provide opportunities and support to young snowboarders so that they’re able to pursue their passion and actualize their dreams.
    Favorite thing about Riders On Board – They bring everyone together and create a fun supportive environment where you can express yourself

        Samantha Hamilton

        Favorite snowboarder – Chloe Kim and Marcus Kleveland.
        How long you have been snowboarding – Since I was 9.
        Weird hobby – Answering everyone’s questions about Australia.
        Favorite past time other than snowboarding – Traveling to warm places between winters to get some sun.
        Favorite snowboard trick – Trying out anything new in the park.
        Why you got into coaching snowboarding –  I trained with Riders when I was 15 and absolutely loved the team so after I started instructing and coaching in Australia and Japan I thought coming back to coach with riders would be the best way to keep doing what I love with the best team.
        Favorite thing about Riders On Board – The Riders family and being able to ride and train with awesome kids and coaches.

            Dan Zimmerman

            Favorite snowboarder – Louif Paradis, Scott Stevens, Jesse Burtner, anyone from Think Thank over the years
            How long you have been snowboarding – 15 years
            Weird hobby – selling things on the internet
            Favorite past time other than snowboarding – making art
            Favorite snowboard trick – half cab or frontside 180’s
            Why you got into coaching snowboarding – I’m a snowboard nerd and I really believe at the core snowboarding is healthy, creative and life changing. I’m also a huge advocate for Edmonton snowboarding. I’ve snowboarded in a lot of places and the hills here are my favorite.
            Favorite thing about Riders On Board – getting to be a part of a really amazing community! I love seeing familiar faces every time I go to the hill. Makes it feel like home!

                Andrew Hamilton

                Favorite snowboarder – Bjorn Leines
                How long you have been snowboarding – more than 15 years, many more to go.
                Weird hobby – nerdy computer stuff
                Favorite past time other than snowboarding – Building things
                Favorite snowboard trick – melon back 180. Poked out for extra points
                Why you got into coaching snowboarding – getting the little groms stoked.
                Favorite thing about Riders On Board – the Riders family! Our coaches and riders make shredding so much fun.

                    Donovan Tordoff

                    Favorite snowboarder – Torstein Horgmo
                    How long you have been snowboarding – 13 years
                    Weird hobby – Dodgeball. It’s not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle.
                    Favorite past time other than snowboarding – Exercising
                    Favorite snowboard trick – Backside Lipslide
                    Why you got into coaching snowboarding – I always enjoyed teaching and helping others, and I found snowboarding was a perfect outlet for me to do so. I get more excited when someone else learns a new trick than when I do.
                    Favorite thing about Riders On Board – How non typical of a club it is. By that I mean we encouraged each riders to learn at their own pace, and the number one goal is to have fun!

                        Missy Bryant

                        Favorite snowboarder – Canadian freerider Annie Boulanger
                        How long you have been snowboarding – Around 8 years
                        Weird hobby – Collecting rocks from places I travel. I have a really cool bright red piece of solidified lava from Iceland.
                        Favorite past time other than snowboarding – Travelling, yoga and rockclimbing
                        Favorite snowboard trick – Does smashing pillows count?
                        Why you got into coaching snowboarding –  Perfect opportunity to encourage safety at a young age, all while getting a bit more time on my board.
                        Favorite thing about Riders On Board – Riders on Board has this amazing family atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome and included.

                            Andrew Lesniak

                            Favorite snowboarder – Gigi Ruf, Eero Ettala, Stale Sandbech, Kazu Kokubo, Eric Jackson etc.  
                            How long you have been snowboarding – 20 years…
                            Weird hobby – Spikeball
                            Favorite past time other than snowboarding – Traveling 
                            Favorite snowboard trick – Wildcat, Backside Rodeo
                            Why you got into coaching snowboarding – Sharing my passion for snowboarding with the next generation of shredders
                            Favorite thing about Riders On Board – Being able to hang out with people who love snowboarding on a weekly basis

                                Ethan Simmons

                                Favorite snowboarder – Ethan Deiss
                                How long you have been snowboarding – since I was six
                                Weird hobby – off roading
                                Favorite past time other than snowboarding –  skateboarding
                                Favorite snowboard trick – wallie
                                Why you got into coaching snowboarding – helped coach last year and had an amazing time so I figured I’d do it for real this year.
                                Favorite thing about Riders On Board – that it’s one big group of all your homies just always down to have fun and push you  

                                    Brody Williams

                                    Favorite snowboarder – Peter Line of the past, Len Jorgensen of today
                                    How long you have been snowboarding – 25 years
                                    Weird hobby – My family says collecting snow in my back yard to build a mini pipe is pretty weird.
                                    Favorite past time other than snowboarding – Golf & playing/watching hockey
                                    Favorite snowboard trick – floaty backside 180, straight up backflip
                                    Why you got into coaching snowboarding –  started instructing  way back when so I could get out to the mountains and ride all the time, then I realized coaching is way better because you get to build relationships & actually pass on the love & passion for the sport to dedicated riders.
                                    Favorite thing about Riders On Board – The tight-knit family feeling the club has and how everyone has the same mindset that “Snowboarding is freaking awesome”!