A bit late but better than never.
MAAD camp is the result of Maude Raymond’s vision to create an environment where girls can shred together, progress together and above all have fun together. She put a lot of hard work into acquiring sponsors, recruiting the right coaches and making it all a reality. That being said MAAD week took place in beautiful Whistler British Columbia this summer. There were a few weather hiccups but that didn’t stop anyone from having a blast, shredding every day and pushing themselves. The week was full of high fives, smiles, activities on & off the hill coupled with a whole lot of shredding. With such an awesome line up of coaches: Maude Raymond, Taylor Godber, Kiersten Higginson, Sydney Bey and Brodey Wolfe, stoke was high.
This year’s camp format combined both skiers and snowboarders sharing the love of riding and pushing girls progression all together.
Post-Skiing activities debut with a skate session at the sandbox helmet headquarters here in Whistler.
Each girl was also given a pair of white Vans to make their own with spray paint, paint brushes and markers. DAMN.....
Another popular activity was going to the local trampoline facility to practise some air awareness, try new tricks and play games like ADD-on. The next day the girls took that knowledge to the air bag where everyone got comfortable trying new stuff. Some girls were trying their first 180’s or 360's and for others they were working on corks and flips. That same day 4 campers took that confidence to the snow and all stomped their first backies, back to back, everyone went nuts.
As the clouds dissipated in the village and the sun came out again, the girls went to hang by the lake for the afternoon. Upon arrival they were each given goodie bags full of gear curtesy of billabong and MAAD.
After that the girls hit the lake on Stand Up Paddle boards and were given a private yoga session hosted by snowboard coach taylor Godber.
Day 4 was filled with on hill rail-jams where too much gear to count was given away including snowboards and skis for the girls. Day 5 was all about progression. Some of the girls were already past backflips and working on flat 3's and rodeos. Other girls were getting stoked on 270 outs and ins.
Camper stoked on winning a pair of spy goggles
Camper Quinn taking home a pair of Maude's signature Oyuki gloves.
The weather was not always on our side this week, some days looked pretty grey going up the chairlift but everyone still pushed through to the top of the mountain over the clouds and made the best of it. I’ll never forget on the last day of camp, on our last run, three campers Amy (skier) and Frankie, Quinn (snowboarders) all through huge backflips to close the session down.
Of course camp wouldn’t be camp without an ending barbecue ceremony where the term “too much gear” can be used to describe what was given away.
Big shout out to Maude Raymond and all the dedicated coaches that were up everyday with their groups teaching, riding, laughing and making the camper’s feel in their element. After witnessing this week first hand as the videographer, i can say that girl progression is real and MAAD camp is the place to be. Also stay tuned for more MAAD camps to come in the future. Maude is currently mapping out locations for Winter 17-18 so keep your ears & eyes open, there might be one coming near you!
Photos by: Maude Raymond & Kea Mowat
here are two rather lengthily recap videos made for the campers.