Alumni

Jung Hwa Seo

Korea
Tribal Camper 2009
2010 Olympic Moguls Competitor/ 2014 Sochi Olympic Competitor

Jung Hwa Seo's headshotAs a Tribal member, I was able to experience various different feelings melted into snow at Whistler. Words such as awesome, fantastic and amazing are not enough to express these great memories from the Tribal camp! My suggestion is to keep skiing with passion and enjoy the thrill within the Tribal team and “our” Yosuke. haha Y..E..A..H.. everybody!

Katherine Leask

UK
Tribal Member 2006
Aspirations: to become sponsored this year!

Katherine Leask's headshotloved doing Tribal, it was an amazing experience… I just learnt so much from it both physically and mentally. Im going to be honest, it was hard at times for sure… but then that happens to everyone… I read an article… ‘A mental block can be one of the toughest obstacles to overcome: they’re detrimental to performance, mole hills into mountains kind of stuff.” – Simon Guthrie. Its so true and happened to me… in fact it bothered me so much they allowed me to pause my course for a while which was wonderful… but it was in returning to Tribal after those hard times that brought me through it… along with perserverance and of course being with people that were just so stoked everyday!! The team is what made it for me, skiing with a group where everyone’s trying new stuff… you cant help but have fun… everyone’s inspirational individually and so coming up with new ways to play with a feature, you’re learning something new every moment of the day… and having such a laugh too… usually at someone elses expense! The coaches were cool, they listened to us and knew how to spread out the day to our full advantage… we skiied most of the time in the various parks over on Blackcomb branching out to big mountain skiing when there was a powder day of course! It meant we got to progress in all aspects of skiing. The most fun I had was during my last week, it was spring skiing and I had overcome that mental block… plus the snow was soft so didnt hurt as much and I was attempting tricks I had never dreamed of trying before… in fact I was so stoked and livid that it all had to come to an end I headed off to New Zealand to continue my conquest of learning to ski park!! Thank you guys for everything, you really listened to me and did everything you could to help me get the most out of the course… therefore I will be seeing you very soon indeed for some more pow pow… Yeeooooooooooooooooooooo!! Katie

Shuri Terada- Pro skier Armada/ Fis World Cup Competitor

Japan
Tribal Member 2001-2002

1. Funnest Tribal Experience? everyone’s stoke on the team. Everyone was rooting for each other to succeed. It’s hard not to succeed when you’ve got like minded skiers in your group.
2. What’s the future of Girls free skiing? Girls are just getting really good these days and that gets me excited. Spinning in the pipe, 3d tricks, and a whole lot of progress. Popularity is definitely increasing in Japan, and overseas.
3. What have the benefits been in joining the program?
Encounters with people. I met many people and more than ever, there are many nice skiers.. I want to be like those riders who inspire other skiers to start freeride.
4. Life in Canada.
I lived with a host family who introduced me to my many canadian friends. Lived and babysat so i learned lots of english. Whistler also has a nice transitsystem, shopping and gym, cafes, you name it.

Ashleigh Low

Canada
Tribal Member 2005-2006

Ashleigh Low's headshot

I think that Tribal was good! Since i joined you guys in the spring, I spent most of the time in the park, which was awesome, team mates were rad!!! It was nice to have someone there pushing you and giving you ideas on new tricks to try and having them there to be stoked with you when you stomped something new. During Tribal I learned that when you stay positive and have fun you learn a lot more and land more tricks, than if you get really stressed about it. The Coaches were great! they really know their stuff. haha i’m just pissed that i won’t see you guys til spring break or telus! Thanks for everything yosuke!

Kiyoshi Terada -Pro skier /Fis World Cup Competitor

Japan
Tribal Member 2002-2003
Pro skier – Japan Circuit

1. What was your level before starting Tribal Ski Academy? I could do 180′s barely, fell lots on boxes with painful falls on thinner rails! Painful!
2. What brought you to the free ride?
Watching THE GAME in high school . It made me wanna fly through the air and do all those maneuvoures
3. Tricks you learned while participating in the program?
Of course, my favourite…D-spins!! I started free ride skiing just to learn this trick! They taught me the science of these tricks. Thanks to learning 540′s in the first few sessions, i then went on to d-spin 720s and then 900 bio-corks in the same day!
4. What are your Future Dreams?
X-GAME, US OPEN and I want to be an invited pro rider to these events, I am going to continue to go forward as long as I keep keen on the sport and as long as it is fun!

Jackie Hiroyuki Nishio

Japan
Tribal Member 2001-2002
Mighty Jamming Dirctor, Producer & Filmer

Jackie Hiroyuki Nishio's headshotThe days at Tribal were the epitimy of Freeride. Yosuke, Chris Turpin, Mark Abma, Justin, Myles Ricketts, Marc Mcdonnel (blackcomb team head coach)… Skiing among all these legends on the snow,, enabled me to decide to take Freeride skiing as a career. weither riding, knowledge ot soul..I learned a great deal. And my experience living and riding Whistler has really been a really important aspect in my life and my skiing. What I am, and what I am doing now are reflected upon my joining Tribal. Realizing the true FUN of skiing amongstfriends(team mates). the importance of Freedom. Because there are Friends, I am always seeking to find more Friends!

Takanori Shibabuki / Fis World Cup Competitor

Japan
Tribal Member 2005-2007
Mogul & Freeride Athlete

Jackie Takanori Shibabuki's headshotAt first, I couldnt ski. but with the help of my teammates and coaches, I got a lot of confidence. I tried new tricks, and with practice I was all of a sudden able to do it. My teammates were always getting better, and that pushed me to go higher, or ski harder. With out them I would not have been able to improve this much. I have so much fun skiing with Everyone! I forget the pointless things when Im skiing, I get engulfed into learning and having fun with the coaches and teammates! I think Im improving because Im having Fun!

Tribal Snow Academy Alumni:


Yoshifumi mizobuchi -japan (Hokkaido Armada rider)
takanori Shibabuki -japan (FIS World Cup Compeittor)
Naotoshi Ozawa -japan(Pro Skier)
satoko hirano -japan
miki imamura -japan
takuya  -japan
Nero Yoshiko Sato -japan
atsushi Sogame -japan
Declan foody – UK
Fergus foody- UK
Kiyoshi Terada -japan (Fis World Cup Competitor)
Shuri Terada -japan(Fis World Cup Competitor)
Max Oscroft - UK
Jae Woo Choi – Korea (Sochi Olympic Athlete)
Woo-hyun cho – Korea(Sochi Olympic Athlete)
katherine Leask- UK
Jun Michimuko -japan
Keita Hiroshima -japan (Japan National Mogul Team)
Tadashi Akutsu  -japan (Fis World Cup Competitor)
shunichiro Narita -japan
Lorna Carmichael- UK
shinichiro Ishii  -japan
Masa aoki -japan
Jung Won Shin – Korea
chung bum ku – Korea(Korean National Team Coach/ Fis world Cup)
Tae il Kim – Korea(Korean National Team Coach)
Jackie Nishio- japan
Naoko Matsubara- japan
Yuta Matsunaga- japan
Yuki Ueda- japan
Kazunari Hattori- japan
Yumi Koyama- japan (Fis World Cup Competitor)

Yuta Nozawa- japan

lee sung hyung – Korea
Tomohiro arai- japan
Eddie Hicks – canada (Canadian Freestyle ski team/World Cup)
Keltie Hicks – canada
Daisuke Kobayashi – japan
Sayuri Yoneya – japan
Kayo Shichita – japan ( Japan Freeride Writer)
Myong jun seo – Korea(Korean National Freetyle team)
Keichi Furukawa – japan
yoshie Kawamura- japan
Ko Yoshida – Japan
In Seung Woon – Korea
Jean Luc Azzis – France
yoo chang han – Korea
Tomomi Mitani- japan
Shusuke Maeda- japan
Michael Leake – Australia
Kazumi Takaku – Japan
Jung-hwa kim – Korea
Bump Kim – Korea
Rhys Nadin – UK
Nikolas Spence – Canada
Sho Imamura – Japan
mitsuhiro shionoya- japan
mitsuhiko akiyama – japan
Hideki shimane – japan
jee won kim – korea (korean Jr National Team)
gee chan woo-korea(Korean Jr National Team)
shoko yoshida – japan
Robert chaunt – uk
Hiroshi suzuki – japan
Hiro kobayashi - japan
Yoshie Kawamura – japan
Boss Kim – Korea
David Leon – south Africa
min soo kim – korea
Gordon Soutar – Uk
Toshiki numakura – Japan (Japan Freeski Competitor)