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For anyone wondering who’ll be coaching with me this year, we’ve teamed up with a brand new snowboard school in Morzine, REAL Snowboarding. A lot of you will have met Barry before, he’s helped us in previous years, this is his business with his friend Dave, launching this winter.
Anyone not familiar with Barry yet, take it from me, he’s great, he’s a brilliant coach and more importantly knows what makes OurCamp a unique experience, he’s a great addition to the crew.

See you all in January, there are still places left so write and book your spot!
REAL Snowboarding on Facebook

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This amazing site will change any blog you type in into a lovely word cloud, it’s genius! I’m completely addicted.

 

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I don’t think I’ve told you all yet…we are now very happily sponsored by VANS, they will be kitting out Our Camp coaches and providing us with many wonderful gifts for Our Campers, thanks VANS : )

 

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Why is it better to have a girl’s only camp?

The funny thing is, we don’t hate riding with guys at all, but this really is the best environment to get girls to progress and feel that they are in a non competitive, supportive atmosphere. After the camps the girls go back to their usual riding buddies feeling a bit more ‘empowered’ for want of a less corny word! At the end of the day this is a male dominated sport and it is nice to feel part of a majority once in a while, the only way for girls to get that in snowboarding is to do female only camps and competitions……this is such a long discussion, but I hope that has kind of answered the question.

ourcampsupportweb Talking summer camps with Gilly Seagrave

Don’t you miss the boys?

NO… hehehe, only joking, it’s not that we totally detach from boys, it’s more that we are a crew of girls riding together, boys will ride with us too but we are there for each other and to help each other with tricks, a lot of the time we get boys asking for help too as they can hear us coaching each other, sometimes the campers will help them try the jump or rail with them, it’s not about segregation it’s about finding a supportive unit to inspire you to learn. Besides, most weeks we have Drewie there as the male contingent, he’s our filmer.

-this was in an interview for Whitelines I did a while back, I recently had the same chat with someone about skating, it’s just the same…..all we want is to feel the ‘majority’ once in a while, it’s the best way to progress. We don’t want to separate ourselves entirely, but a lot of the time we don’t want to think that we’re representing womens snowboarding/skating to the world, we just want to get on with learning new things with a supportive crew.

Want to discuss this with others? – come to the Our Camp Forum where this is posted.

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If any of you need a place please make sure you write to-

info@rideslide.co.uk to get your hands on the last few spots available.

Look here to find out what is included for the price of £780.

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Only one week to wait now till the Playground Comp hits the Avoriaz Baby Park, come up and compete (inscriptions running 9-10am at the bottom of the park) or just come up and spend the day with us!

We are praying for a day like today (Bluebird) so all you girls have a perfect park to hit with soft landings and sunshine for us to enjoy while we are watching everyone shred it up! hehe

After the days antics we are hosting a night of mayhem in the Dixie Bar in Morzine, head down there for 8.30pm to ensure your spot in the SINGSTAR queue and to listen to the tunes put down by DJ MIDAS, and don’t forget your heals!

See you all bright and early next Saturday : )

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Here’s another page of the cooler write up by Catherine Peck-

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Here Come The Girls!
Words by Catherine Peck

What’s the Score?
I am lucky enough to be invited on the ‘Our Camp Girls Snowboarding Week’ in Morzine starting on Sunday 18th Jan until Saturday 24th Jan. I will be joining 8 girls on their daily boarding schedule, which involves lessons, park riding, off-piste adventure and a competition. The only difference between my week and the girl’s week is that the girls get to go home to tea and cakes and a three course meal every evening and hang out in their luxury chalet, The Loft.

What is Our Camp?
Our Camp is founded by British Pro Riders Sonia Shaw, Gilly Seagrave and Emma Rogers. The girls set up the camp back in 2006 as they wanted to teach others what they knew about snowboarding, which is a lot! The camp provides intensive training, and after the coaches have been to work with you, you will be more confident and a million times better at boarding. This camp is for fearless females that really want to achieve, push themselves out of their comfort zone and to have fun. If you are a snowboarding geek this camp is a dream come true, which is what I found. This camp is not for those that are lazy, used to having a butler, or prefer drinking tons over a days boarding.

The Extras
Gilly had Drewy filming us for most of the week, plus Joni from More Mountain, so once back at the chalet everyone could review what they were doing right and wrong.  Filming is the best answer for quick improvement; it also makes you try harder as of course you want to look sick on camera.  The unfortunate part is that your stacks are also caught on film.
Nikita “for girls who ride” helped sponsor the week so goody bags were stuffed to the brim with cool vest tops, t-shirts, badges, plus lots of other little extras.

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What is More Mountain about?
More Mountain is a small independent chalet company, owned and run by Samee and Joni, both avid riders, who have well over 7 seasons under their belts. They set up More Mountain as they wanted to create luxury snowboard chalets without the up-market pretence or price tag, appealing to young professionals and 30 somethings.

Samee is hosting the girls for the week at their luxury chalet, The Loft, in central Morzine. This is the third Our Camp she has run with Gilly and loves promoting “Chick Ridin” as she calls it. She takes part in everything on the camp, gets there for breakie, guides the girls on the hill, rides all day and then takes them to the infamous Bar Robinson for a few well deserved Mutzigs. She ensures everyone is having an excellent time and always wants feedback, listening to what the girls want out of the week on a day by day basis; her enthusiasm for riding is blatantly obvious where you’ll hear her saying; “wow, isn’t this great to be out, you don’t get much better than this!”.  Always leading the way down the runs, and yelling with joy when she finds some of her secret powder stashes!

The Extras
Samee makes sure everyone gets the most out of the week by being flexible with the schedule in relation to the weather conditions. We had one great “bluebird” day when it had dumped over 20cms of fresh; Melissa, one of the more experienced riders could not bear to miss out so Samee took her off for the day to do some serious powder shredding, while the rest of us focused on nailing the 180s on piste under Gilly’s strict instructions. Samee also arranged for a qualified instructor and guide from Avoriaz Surf School ‘Sexy Laurent’ to join the girls for Thursday morning for a “Big Air Bag” kicker session followed by an afternoon of guided off-piste back country. She wants the girls on this camp to get a taste of everything snowboarding can offer.

More Mountain offers three top notch modern and contemporary chalets with hot tubs, free wifi, i-pods with downloadable daily playlists, Walkie Talkies, Apple Mac’s, Log Fires, leather sofas, Sky TV and lots of lovely Luxury L’Occitane Toiletries, fluffy towels and Egyptian cotton bed linen. It is the attention to detail that makes the difference and the chalets really do feel like a home from home for the week.

Who are the Coaches?
Gilly – founder of Our Camp is running the training this week in conjunction with Samee, owner of More Mountain. Gilly is sponsored by Protest, Atomic and Adidas and is responsible for pushing every girl on the camp this week to achieve something great.
Jessica – part of the Swedish Half Pipe Team, sponsored by Roxy Headwear and Ripcurl was pro at getting the 180s out of us.
Ben – pro assistant to Gilly, is a qualified instructor and ripper in the park, who definitely showed us how to bust some moves in style.
Drewy and Johno were our cameramen for the week, making sure that no stack went unmissed!
Laurent – Avoriaz Alpine Surf School, off-piste guide and show-off! (hehe).

The Girls – who’s who?

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Names in order from left to right, top to bottom

Linz Landy – 32 (looking 25), Amsterdam, works in advertising, 25 weeks riding, aim is to gain confidence in powder (this is quite amusing seeming she came on a park training week! Luckily we were blessed with lots of powder for her to achieve this).
Jo Schuberth – 30, Product Manager, aim of the week was to have no fear of the park, and to go over a box and some small jumps.
Salima Dassi – 33, from Edinburgh but French, Logistical Co-ordinator, 6 weeks riding, her goal of the week was to not be intimidated in the park and to do the jumps with style.
Melissa McConnell – 35, Edinburgh, the mum who can teach her kids to do grabs, 180s and gnarly off-piste in style, 1 ½ seasons, wants to achieve a 360 over a kicker and do a stronger backside 180.
Anna Soward – 31, Essex, Recruitment Consultant, 7 weeks riding experience, aim of the week was to land a jump ☺
Gemma Bryant – 26, Essex, Legal Secretary, 2 weeks riding, wanted to achieve a few 50:50s over a box and to jump with the right style.
Karina Sandoval
– 30, California, IT Manager, enjoying some much needed time off after 5 years working without 1 single holiday!!  About 4 weeks riding time (made up of weekends in Mammoth), her goal was to nail the boxes and a rail.
Caroline Crawford – 36 (boards like an 18 year old), IT Developer, 13 weeks riding, her goal of the week was to master 180s.  Linzey Ryan (not in pic) – 25, chalet host, 1 ½ seasons worth of riding, and her aim was to see everyone having a great time.

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