Meet Your Counselors
Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg and freeskier Joss Christensen -- who won the inaugural slopestyle gold medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February -- visited Woodward Copper in Colorado and Woodward Tahoe in California this week to work with campers and spread some stoke before hopping a flight to Los Angeles to attend the 2014 ESPYS, where both athletes are nominated for the Best Male Olympic category.
Joss Christensen signs his autograph on a summer camper's forehead at Woodward Tahoe on Tuesday. "This year I knew it would mean a lot more for me to go coach and hang out with kids than it would in any other summer," Christensen says. "I just want to go everywhere and show everyone how much we love skiing and keep the love alive."
A Sage Signing
Sage Kotsenburg signs a camper's board at Woodward Tahoe on Tuesday. This winter marked the first time snowboard slopestyle was added to the Olympic program. "The coolest thing for me was when I finally got back home and started hearing from everybody," Kotsenburg says, "and everyone was saying how stoked they were."
Patch of Snow
Kotsenburg shows the campers how it's done on a box at Woodward Tahoe's summertime snow patch at Boreal ski area on Donner Summit.
Christensen films a camper jumping into the foam pit in Woodward's massive indoor barn. In addition to action sports training camps, the Woodward facilities have media training to help people make and produce video edits, photos and more.
Spread The Passion
The slopestyle Olympic gold medalists sign autographs for a long list of eager campers. "After their groundbreaking gold-medal performances at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, they are sure to be an inspiration for our campers and will no doubt exude their love and passion for snowboarding and freeskiing with everyone at camp," said Phoebe Mills, director of Woodward Tahoe and a snowboard judge at the Olympics.
Welcome to the Circus
Says Kotsenburg about the media frenzy after the Olympics, "It was a really fun, crazy, out-of-this-world roller-coaster ride, and I had such a blast doing it, but I wasn't prepared for it at all."
Kotsenburg skates the bowls at Woodward Tahoe's indoor skate and BMX facility. They also have ramps, trampolines and foam pits, which are used nearly all summer long for youth campers.
After Tahoe, Christensen and Kotsenburg boarded a flight to L.A. for the ESPYS. "I got my suit ready, and my girlfriend has a nice dress, so if nothing else we know we'll be looking good," says Christensen, seen here on Woodward's trampoline.
Being That Kid
"Having kids come up to me is awesome, which is why I love coming to Woodward and other camps," says Kotsenburg, seen here with a camper. "Kids come up to me super timid, not knowing what to say. I remember being that kid not long ago."