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Davis was meant to be here

Amanda Roberson

Gregg Davis wears many hats.

Since he moved to Breckenridge 10 years ago, he’s been a snowboard instructor, member of a national snowboarding team, snowboard park builder, skateboard instructor, housekeeper, Web designer, and salesman.

Sunday afternoon at Carter Park, he wore his newest hat – dog owner.

George, his puppy, is one of the good things to come out of an ski skating accident this December that left him with a broken leg and a season devoid of snowboarding ahead of him.

“I think everything that’s happened with me has either fallen in my lap or happened because it was meant to happen,” said Davis. “I wouldn’t have had time to get a puppy if I hadn’t broken my leg.”

Davis’ philosophy reflects modesty. His snowboarding career, for example, has been more of a committed climb up the ranks than a sheer stroke of luck.

Davis began teaching snowboarding when he moved to Breckenridge from Philadelphia in 1992. He was one of six snowboard instructors at the time. He devoted his mornings to teaching, and cleaning condos afterwards to help pay the bills.

“Cleaning was good because I could do it on my own time, but it wasn’t exactly a great job. Sometimes the condos were clean and other times they were just trashed.”

By his third year as an instructor, he had dropped the cleaning job and gotten his certification from the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI).

Currently, Davis works as an examiner for the organization, travelling to ski resorts across the country to lead clinics and give exams to snowboard instructors. Davis is also one of six instructors in the country chosen to be part of the AASI’s National Snowboarding Team. His four-year stint on the team means more traveling-to clinics, meetings, and events with instructors nationwide.

Anyone who’s tested his or her skills jumping in the park at Peak 9 has Davis to thank.

“Some of the Cat drivers asked me to help design some jumps. We wanted to make the biggest thing we could. Our first jump was the WuTang kicker on Peak 9,” said Davis.

Though Davis’ endeavors as a rider and instructor speak to his love of snowboarding, he says his greatest passion is skateboarding. He started skating during his high school days in Philadelphia.

After a long break from the sport, Davis decided to extend his teaching skills to skateboarding. He and a friend started a skate camp at the Breckenridge rec center.

“After the rec center opened the new skate park, I’d see kids who were staying on the flat parts and couldn’t get into the bowl because of all the older guys like me. A friend and I wanted to help them out and talked about starting up some lessons. We now have two sessions and three age groups with about 15 kids in each session.”

In addition to designing skate programs and snowboard parks, Davis uses his creative skills Online. He and a friend started a Web design company, siteassist.net, through which they manage and create Web sites for businesses.

“I majored in art and English and I’ve always been interested in computers,” said Davis. “Web design lets me use my art and graphic design.”

The company is currently a side job, but Davis hopes to see it expand.

With numerous projects in the works and a healed leg for the skateboarding and snowboarding seasons ahead, Davis doesn’t plan to leave Summit County anytime soon.

He said the mountains, the cool climate, rock climbing, hiking, camping, and the development of new skateboarding parks give him no reason to go anywhere else.

Besides, George loves Carter Park.

Amanda Roberson can be reached at 970-668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at aroberson@summitdaily.com.


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