Find out what is going on in the judges' minds while you are flinging yourself around in the air in a competition.
"I judge a little differently than other judges because of my skateboard background. In halfpipe and slopestyle, Iım looking for a resurgence of skateboard moves and style."
We first met Michael Cohen on the chairlift at Killington last Spring where he was judging at
Spring Loaded and then caught up with him in New York City for an interview.
The IJC - International Judges Committee.
Weıre all 4 either at the top of the pipe or the bottom.
Through IJC, you get a certificate. Requirements to be a judge include 5 to 10 years snowboarding experience, a month of rigorous training, watching videos, reading manuals. Home study and clinics.
Slopestyle, rail jams, quarterpipe, halfpipe, and big air. In Boardercross there are no judges, just watching the gates to make sure riders go around them properly. Thatıs a volunteer job which sometimes I do.
What is the rule if one misses a gate in Snowboardcross. Can you go back?
As long as you make the gate at some point, itıs fine. If you don't you're DQıd (disqualified).
USASA is considered an amateur contest series, and we judge that differently than a pro event. We want to score riders by criteria that will help improve their contest careers. At USASA we say at the riders meeting what weıre judging on.
EG. Amplitude, riding to the top of the pipe is 5
For pro events, the riders donıt need that feedback, and are judged by one standard of overall impression.
Lucas Magoon, Scotty Arnold, KP, the entire Mitrani clan(Luke, Jack and Liza).
Trevor Andrew portrays an amazing skateboard style on the snow like no other.
Ian Kurt,Stratton Mountain School's Scott Johnston, and Brent Johnston. Phoebe Mills was Danny Kassı coach. And she was the 1988 bronze medallist in gymnastics in the Olympics. Sheıs a judge, on the committee. She might someday be the first US American Olympic Snowboard Judge. We don't have one yet.
Chris Maseresi, the Shaw Family (Brooke and Spencer), Ellery Hollingsworth, Molina Cera, and Eric Cera. Tyler Leach. And Eddie Wall Sr.
I always dress up to judge. I wear dress shirts, nice sweaters. I dress up "casal nice" for judging, like for a date. I feel the way you look has a lot to do with the way you perform and act.
No! Iım one of the few judges who sometimes doesnıt wear a glove when I judge. Iım naturally warm, and I dress right.
How many layers?
On a cold day, first layers, then 2 or 3 more.
Iım also the only judge that drives 250 one way to many events.
Michael, thank you for us some insight into the life of a snowboard competition judge.
See Michael A Cohen's profile on SnowboardProfiles.com.