Jeff Schmuck is the Communications Director of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, the Editor of Forecast Ski Magazine, a member of the X Games and Dew Tour Athlete Selection Committees, and has covered nearly every major freeskiing event in the world as a writer, on-air correspondent and photographer. With over 17 years in the ski industry, Jeff has been around since the dawn of freeskiing, and has been an avid supporter of the AFP since its inception.
Known as the "Godfather of Freeskiing", Mike Douglas is most widely recognized as the creator of the Salomon Teneighty ski - the first mass produced twin tip ski, and for his achievements as a professional freeskier. He was named "Male Skier of the Year" at the 2003 Powder Magazine Video Awards and has been featured on more than 30 magazine covers. Now, as director of Whistler-based
Switchback Entertainment, Mike has added award-winning filmmaker to his resume. Switchback produces films and commercials for leading brands across the world.
Executive Director of the Mt. Bachelor Snowboard World Cup in 1994 and 1995. Began working for the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) in 1996 as Event Manager then Event Director - primarily oversaw the development of the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix event series from 1996-2004, along with Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing World Cup management. Co-Chairman of the 2003 FIS Freestyle
World Championships. Since 2004 have been U.S. Snowboarding Director. In 2010-11 established U.S. Freeskiing program within USSA and U.S. Freeskiing Director title responsible for Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Skicross sports within USSA.
Steve Bellamy is a creative entrepreneur in sports and entertainment known for founding The Tennis Channel, The Ski Channel and The Surf Channel television networks that are in over 100 million television households in aggregate. He has been involved in the production of approximately 10,000 hours of content and has produced, directed, written and hosted television shows and films. His
films "The Story" and "Sound of Winter" have won over 40 film festivals and he has won 7 Best Director Awards. He has been given the key to the City of Las Vegas and several commendations from the city of Los Angeles. He won the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from and was the commencement speaker for Indiana University his alma mater. Steve has 4 children who are all National and
International competitive tennis players.
Jen Hudak is an east coast native having grown up skiing at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont. In 2004 she relocated to Utah to make the most of the freeskiing movement. Jen has been competing in freeskiing halfpipe and slopestyle events for over a decade. She is a 5 time X-Games medalist and a 2 time AFP Halfpipe World Champion. It has been a longtime dream of hers to help grow the sport while maintaining the integrity of what the sport was built upon. She is a proud member of the AFP athlete advisory board because it allows her the chance to serve as a voice for all athletes within freeskiing and ensure that we continue to move in a positive, ever changing and evolving direction. In the off-season Jen spends a lot of time on her mountain bike, hiking with her dog Milo and attending the University of Utah studying psychology and business.
Jarka is the Managing Director of POC North America. In 2006 Jarka started POC USA in his Portsmouth, NH garage. POC was acquired by Black Diamond INC in July of 2012. Jarka has worked in the snowsports industry since 1995. He worked his way through the ranks starting by coaching during the day and fitting boots at night. Jarka then worked in various capacities for the Tecnica Group specifically on the Dolomite and Elan brands (promotions, marketing, product manager). He currently lives in Aspen, CO where he can bike, hike, run, ski, and waterski when he is not at his desk.
Working for Swiss Ski Federation since 2000. Program director for Aerials, Moguls and Skicross since 2005. Co-Founder of the Swiss Freeski Projects (Swiss Freeski Team, Swiss Freeski Open and Swiss Freeski Days) in season 2010 and implementation of Halfpipe and Slopestyle on national level. Team manager and responsible for top level and development programs in Freestyle (Aerials & Moguls), Skicross and Freeski (Halfpipe and Slopestyle) in Switzerland
The mantra 'Go big or go home', has never been more applicable to any skier than freestyler Simon Dumont, who is know for big falls, more air and even bigger wins than almost any other professional athlete. Pushing the limits of the freestyle movement, from new tricks like superman double fronts and capturing a record 35.5 feet of air, Dumont is widely considered to be one of the leaders of the freestyle movement. In addition to be at the forefront of the sport, Dumont is one of the most successful skiers in the world, medalling seven times at the Winter X Games since 2004.Dumont, who will be a member of the first USA men's superpipe team at the 2014 Winter Olympics, has also been instrumental in the growth of the sport on the amateur level. In 2009, Simon hosted the first inaugural Dumont Cup, an annual competition for young freestyle skiers aged 8 to 18. The Cup is the first of its kind dedicated specifically for youth freestyle skiers.
A former National Team skier and 2002 Olympian, Trennon is now the head coach of the Canadian National Halfpipe Ski Team. He was involved with the birth of freesking via film parts in seminal movies such as Poor Boyz Productions "13". He was also the park and pipe camp director and head coach for Momentum ski camps from 2004-2009. He has competed in almost type of skiing event, including racing, skier cross, slopestyle, halfpipe, moguls, and more.
I am a 23 year old professional skier from Jindabyne Australia. I have been competing professionally since I was 15 years of age traveling to some of the coolest destinations along the way. I have competed in some of the biggest events in the world and had a blast doing it. Outside of my skiing I really enjoy skateboarding and playing guitar.
Mike Atkinson holds many different positions throughout the freesking judging world. He has been named head judge for events such as the Dew Tour, XGames, US Open, U.S. Grand Prix Events and the AFP World Championships. His experience transcends boarders and disciplines. In addition to judging, Mike is also a former member of the Canadian Freestyle Development team, a pioneer and key person in the debut and progression of twin tip skiing. In addition, Mike is also a former competitor at all major events including the US Open, XGames, RedBull Big Air Events and The World Ski and Snowboard festival. Mikes goals with the AFP include helping to inspire and create new events that have developed into slope style and half pipe skiing.
Anna Segal is one of the most exciting women skiers on the slopestyle tour. Hailing from Australia, Anna has helped put the country on skiing's radar. Her knack for throwing stylish flips over large jumps has landed her on top of the Winter X Games Podium in 2009 and earned her a bronze in 2012. She is also Australia's best Olympic hopeful for gold. This is all really cool, but what makes Anna exciting is that she's intelligent, fun and always ready to raise a glass high in celebration of life.
Tim Reed is the Senior Director of Content Strategy for the X Games. Reed oversees the planning, development and programming of the sports, music and cultural events at the X Games and across X Games distribution platforms. He oversees the on site execution of the course constructions, live competitions, and music and cultural performances. Reed has worked with the X Games for 15 years. He was formerly the director of sports and the senior director of content development. Within those positions, he developed new X Games sports and disciplines along with digital content franchises.
LUKE VAN VALIN
Luke has been at the forefront of the ski community as both a professional freeskier as well as a broadcast personality. He hales from Hayden Lake, Idaho and currently resides in Denver, Co. Luke Van Valin is a Monster Energy, 4FRNT, and Nike Ski Personality, simply known as the voice of skiing. He announces every major ski contest around the world including X Games and Dew Tour. Luke wears many hats, including an ordained minister's hat. Blessed with a way with words unlike anyone else, Luke's gift of gab has opened doors all around the world. When Luke speaks people listen, then they laugh.
Troy Michels is Co-Founder and CEO of RESQWATER Anti-Hangover Drink and has worked for K2, Universal, Aspen/Snowmass and Target Corporation. Troy grew up snowboarding at Powder Ridge near his hometown of Litchfield, MN and after discovering twin tips in the mid 90’s he converted to skiing and found himself at High North Ski Camp in Whistler shortly after. This visit to Whistler launched his career as Shane Szocs, Mike Gutt, Eric Zerrenner, Josh Loubek and Seth Morrison took him under their wing. He went from being a camper, to a digger, to an intern at K2 and ultimately on to Target, where he worked with musicians, designers and athletes (as well as corporate executives in real board rooms). His support of the AFP in the beginning was crucial to it getting off the ground and his voice is not only respected by skiers, but some of the most influential people in retail, nightlife, music and all of action sports.
CHRIS "GUNNY" GUNNARSON
Chris Gunnarson is the president and owner of Snow Park Technologies (SPT) and leads the worlds' most renowned design and construction team in winter sports event courses and resort terrain parks. In the 16 years since SPT was born, Gunny and his crew have designed and built more than 250 competition courses, including all of the X Games winter events in the United States and Europe, the Burton U.S. Open, and the Winter Dew Tour.
Chris Prybylo has been heavily involved in Olympic and Action Sports for the past 18 years. Prybylo started his career at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta working as a sport coordinator for all Olympic Cycling events. After the Atlanta Olympics, Prybylo moved on to the USOC Campus serving as the National Event Director for USA Cycling managing all national championship events, professional team relations, international federation relations, and secured multiple World Cup and World Championship events for the US. Since 2000 Prybylo has been primarily involved in Actions Sports serving as the Event Director of the Gravity Games from 2000 to 2004 and was a founding team member of NBC's Dew Tour, serving as the Dew Tour General Manager and Vice President of Events for NBC Sports until 2014. Highlights at NBC include launching the inaugural Skateboarding World Championships with the International Skateboarding Federation (to support the Olympics inclusion of skateboarding) and leading the negotiations with the USSA to include the Dew Tour as an 2014 Olympic Selection event. Prybylo recently left NBC and is now a partner in Murphy, an event development, management and production agency that manages the Dew Tour and is involved in the development of new action sports events with NBC.
JAMES "WOODSY" WOODS
James Woods known by all as simply 'Woodsy' hit the Pro circuit in 2010 as a rookie and has never looked back. Woodsy is proof you don't need to be raised in the mountains to make it. Bred in Sheffield, England, "The Steel city" he is a home grown talent that the UK can be proud of. Woodsy didn't even see fresh snow for his first 4 years of skiing, learning his trade on the dry slopes. Now you find him smashing it in Slopstyle and Big Air contests around the World. 5x British Champion just isn't good enough, Woodsy took his first major podium at X Games Tignes with a bronze in slopestyle 2011. Fast forward to 2012 and he has back to back World Cup golds to his name and another medal at X Games Aspen. Woodsy used to be the dark horse, now he is a thorough bred you can bet your house on.
Kyle is a 23 year professional skier from South Lake Tahoe, California. Kyle is most commonly seen traveling the AFP World Tour halfpipe circuit, but is no stranger to slopestyle or big air competitions either. Known for always having a smile on his face and sharing a good laugh with anyone around. Kyle's been competing in halfpipe and slopestyle events for nearly 10 years and still has many to go. Kyle wants to help break down the assumed barrier between the athletes and the organizing parties to create better events for both athletes and spectators. "Skiing should be about the skiers."