With the goal of increasing Park and Pipe Cert pass rates and making the courses more accessible, the SBINZ Committee have implemented some big changes to the Park and Pipe Cert process this year.

Here’s what’s new…

1. Modular Structure

In the past we’ve run a three-day Park and Pipe workshop and a one-day exam. This was only ever held at Cardrona as that is the only resort in NZ with a guaranteed halfpipe.

Well, now we have a module-based certification where you can take either the Park Module or the Pipe Module first, then continue to the other half of the module. This allows us to run the Park Module at different resorts around NZ and potentially overseas, whilst keeping the shorter Pipe Module fixed at Cardrona. It also allows candidates the opportunity to pass one module, then focus on the other.

Both modules still have a “workshop” element and an “exam” day, so for those who aren’t successful first time around, they can just resit one day at either or both modules.

The structure looks like this:

  • Park Module – 2 day workshop, 1 day exam
  • Pipe module – 1 day workshop, 1 day exam

We currently have Park Modules scheduled at The Remarkables and Cardrona, with options to add more at Mt Hutt and Turoa if there is demand.

Note that you must pass BOTH MODULES before gaining the certification.

Riding Focus

The focus on both the park and pipe riding within this certification has shifted slightly. In the pipe, instead of focusing on amplitude as the primary measurement, we are now looking more at technique. This means that candidates will be required to show the following pipe riding:

  • A clean run through the pipe with appropriate speed control and edging skills to be able to flatten your base through the transition and an edge change consistently in the vert.
  • A grab on both walls at or above the lip (can be done as a one-hitter).
  • Versatility tasks (below the lip of a Super pipe) options of Air-to-fakie or 360s. Or, in the mini pipe, a drop-in and out from deck-to-deck or a switch run.

Previously, candidates had to do a run through the super pipe consistently airing above the lip on every hit. Now, you just need to show the ability to get to the lip one both walls (with a grab), then show a full run with good technique (not necessarily at the lip).

There is only one main change in the park riding. This is that any spin can be performed off a medium sized jump (3-5m from lip to knuckle). This could be a 180, a 360, a switch spin or you could step it up if you’re feeling amped and capable. The focus here will be on perfect use of ATTL in which ever spin you choose.

Note that both 360s are still required off a small park jump (2-3m from lip to knuckle).

To read more about this, download the course outline here.

E-Learning

Before attending any of the Park and Pipe Modules, you must complete the new Park and Pipe E-learning, much the same as with our other certifications.

This new e-learning course introduces the riding standards, looks at some basic park and pipe teaching methods and sets the scene for park and pipe analysis.

To view this, login as a member, then navigate to Snowboard E-Learning.

Tony Macri tweaking his frontboard past 90. Photo by Keith Stubbs.