Right after Spring Convention 2018, in Mammoth, CA, PSIA held their first Snowboard Level 1 exam in the U.S. in Mandarin Chinese. This was a 5-day prep and exam with the same standards and protocols as a regular Snowboard Level 1, but taught in Chinese for a group of international snowboarders who want to be instructors.
The event was hosted by Doug Fagel, Western Division Executive Vice President and CEO of Thrive Snowboards. Doug’s English instructions were translated by Zozo and Perry, two Taiwanese instructors who head Noyuki Academy in Japan. Zozo and Perry are also both certified Level 2 instructors in Alpine and Snowboard respectively.
Despite a few snow showers on the first day of May, the international students were a lively, fun group who all participated and contributed.
The Chinese students really enjoyed the park, and they all learned a lot of freestyle maneuvers.
At the end, they received their AASI Level 1 certifications.
Interested in getting your snowboard level 1 certification? (in English) Check out this post about the regular, 2-day snowboard level 1.