It’s often said that the best way to honor a sport you love is to teach someone else to love that sport. Through patient coaching, an entirely new generation of enthusiasts is born, and this generation will ensure that the sport will never die out. It’s a way of keeping a sport alive for decades, if not longer.
When Joshua Pastore was a young man, he developed a true passion for snowboarding. While this sport might be popular among the young and strong, IT DOES NOT ALWAYS receive a lot of attention and respect from snow sport enthusiasts. Snowboarders had to fight for many years to get the sport included in the Olympics, and even now, many people consider snowboarding to be the less reputable relative of skiing. If this thought is allowed to take root, it’s possible that snowboarding could die out completely on the ski slopes of America. That’s why it is so important for snowboarding enthusiasts like Joshua Pastore to coach new students. Only then will they ensure that a new generation will be ready to take up the mantle and continue to promote the sport.
There’s no question that coaching snowboarding is difficult. The sport involves jumps, holds and flips and those moves can be difficult to break down and demonstrate to new students. In addition, early students run a very high risk of hurting themselves, and they may rely on their coaches to keep them safe. That’s why Joshua Pastore was required to take and pass classes before he could coach students. In this way, he’d know just how to teach his students, and keep them safe during their lessons.
So in April of 2007, Joshua Pastore headed to Killington Mountain in Vermont. Here, he completed his requirements and demonstrated his skills to the satisfaction of the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Eastern Division. With this qualification in hand, Joshua Pastore was perfectly ready to take on students and pass along his passion for the sport. By taking courses and demonstrating his skill, Joshua Pastore is doing his part to keep the sport of snowboarding alive.